The coronavirus pandemic has struck all of us with new and unique challenges. We are all being forced to sail through uncharted waters. A huge chunk of the workforce is working from the confines of home. In fact, many organizations worldwide have decided to let their employees work from home as far as possible. The coming few months are also expected to see a similar scenario all around.
Being isolated from co-workers and not being able to carry out normal social life are posing threats to people’s mental wellbeing. Many are facing anxiety and stress on a regular basis. As you fight your battle against the deadly virus, you also need to take care of your mental health.
Here are a few pointers that can help you in managing your stress levels as you work from home in this trying time.
- Create a schedule and stick to the same. Set up designated spaces for everyone in the family to work or attend class.
- Take periodic breaks to recharge yourself.
- Stay connected to your colleagues, friends, and family using video-based options. Talk about your worries and concerns to those you trust.
- Keep your immunity strong. Eat well, take all the necessary precautions, get enough sleep, and stay hydrated.
- Limit direct contact with others and maintain personal hygiene
- Exercise regularly and stay active. This would elevate the endorphin level and reduce stress.
- If possible, go out for a breath of fresh air. Avoid crowds though.
- Keep yourself updated on the news on the virus from reliable sources. Avoid believing whatever you receive in WhatsApp or other social media handles.
- Keep away from continuous exposure to digital media. This would help you not to get paranoid and you would be able to manage stress in a better way.
- Even though you are working from home, keep reasonable working hours. Set boundaries on your schedule as it can otherwise be taxing.
- Indulge in activities that you enjoy. Take up the hobby you didn’t have time to pursue long. This would help you distract from the gloom all around and keep you in a positive frame of mind.
- You may share with your colleagues or friends what’s working well for you and also for them. Exchange notes, discuss amongst yourselves, and come up with interesting ideas to keep your worries away.
Remember, it is very easy to fall prey to paranoia and anxiety when things are not going right around you. Social isolation is an additional source of stress too. The key is to keep yourself motivated. We recommend you follow the pointers listed above and see the benefits for yourself. Happy working from home!