Work From Home? Here are Some Tips For Taking Care Of Your Mental Health 

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While many people say they would love to work from home, it does come with its challenges. Working from home can dramatically reduce how often you travel to work, but it can also leave you feeling alone. 

Below, you will find some tips that can help you to take care of your mental health.

Create a Routine

One of the best things that you can do is to create a routine. You should have a routine in the morning that helps you to get ready for work. 

When you have a routine you’re more likely to feel ready to start your working day. 

Try not to create a routine that’s too strict. Just make sure that you’re up, dressed, and ready for work. 

Establish Some Boundaries

It can be very easy to lose track of time when you’re working from home. However, creating a schedule can help. Your schedule can include:

  • When you start work
  • When to take breaks
  • When to get help from online therapy platforms if you’re not feeling great
  • When to finish work
  • When to do some overtime so you can have a day off later in the week

When you have these boundaries set up it’s likely you’ll find the working day a little easier. 

Create a Workspace

While it might be tempting for you to work from your sofa, it could be hard to stay focused. Instead, create a workspace that can help you to get into a work mindset. 

Your workspace should feel like an office. Be sure to sit in a comfortable chair and try to avoid distractions. 

Set Some Rules

Setting rules is hugely important. Not only can it help you to meet deadlines but it can be beneficial to your mental health. 

If other people live in your home they need to know that you’re working. They also need to know that you may not be able to end work when you please. 

If you have young children, ask someone to take care of them. Alternatively, ask your boss if you can work flexible hours. 

Be Sure To Take Some Breaks

Taking a break while at work doesn’t just keep you feeling refreshed. It’s also good for your mental health. 

  • Be sure to take at least one 10-minute break every 4 hours
  • Go outside and get some fresh air if you can
  • Avoid sitting at your desk while you’re on your break 
  • Set a timer on your phone or computer to remind you to take a break 
  • If you’re feeling stressed, take deep, slow breaths while you try to relax
  • Try not to spend your break thinking about work 
  • Drink something and have a snack if it helps with your concentration

Taking a break can help you to stay on top of the work you need to do. Try to take at least 2 10-minute breaks during the day. Have at least 15 minutes for lunch so you feel refreshed. 

Connect With Your Colleagues

Unless you work for yourself and on your own you’re likely to have colleagues. 

Working from home can be isolating and make you feel lonely. Connecting with your colleagues can help.

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Video call your colleagues from time to time or speak to them on the phone. Schedule calls when it’s convenient for at least 2 of you to chat. 

Video calls are likely to make you feel more connected than messaging or talking on the phone. 

End Every Working Day With a Routine

Try to come up with a routine at the end of your working day. Stretch and shut down your computer. 

Alternatively, you may want to create a to-do list for the next day. Whatever you do, create a routine so you know your working day is over. 

Take Care Of Your Mental Health

Ideally, you will take care of your mental health while you’re at work. Look out for any changes in the way that you feel. 

Be aware of anything that could trigger you. Ask for help if you start to struggle. 

  • Go online and look for therapy sessions
  • Talk to a friend about how you’re feeling
  • Speak to your doctor if you’re worried

Taking care of your mental health is so important, get help if you need it. 

Working from home can be a challenge. However, when you take a break, create boundaries, and create a routine, it can be easier. Look after yourself while you’re working from home and you’re more likely to feel better. 

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