Many people have found that their stress levels have greatly increased once they started working from home. Whether your stress is caused by the uncertainty of the future or having to cope with children while you work, it can be harmful. Making some adjustments in your life can help you to successfully manage stress and get used to your new work environment, enabling you to better enjoy your increased time at home.
The Positive Side
Some things that need to be considered before the tips include thinking about the benefits that you have now that did not exist when at the office. For instance, you no longer need to worry about the commute to work, which may mean you can get a little more sleep each night. You also do not have to put up with co-workers that complain, gossip, and have attitude problems or weird habits – unless your boss is included in that group.
Seven Tips for Reducing Stress
- Create a Regular Work Schedule
Depending on how much work you can do at home, it is a good idea if you create a regular schedule for work. Not having a regular schedule can make it harder to get going each day.
- Turn Off the Distractions
Where possible, get a quiet place to work where you can limit the distractions. Turn off the electronics (cellphones included, TV, and social media) and close your email box unless you need it for work. If you have children that are a little older, they can do some chores at home, or school, and can even entertain themselves. During your breaks, you can check on them to ensure there are no problems.
If you have people that are prone to call you and interrupt your working time, you will need to kindly let them know that you have a designated time when you need to work. You also want to turn off the news and close news websites.
- Determine to Get Things Done
If you start your workday without intending to get your work done quickly, it can cause your day to be stretched out much longer than necessary. This can make it drudgery and harder to focus the next day. Start with the most difficult tasks first. It will let you feel you have accomplished something important early in the day and will let you feel more relaxed for the rest of the day.
- Keep Up a Social Life
While meeting with people is generally not allowed during the stay-at-home period, you do want to maintain some interaction with other people. This will help take some stress out of your life if you talk with a friend, family member, spouse, or someone you can relate to. You can do this through email, a phone call, a video chat program, and more. Avoid isolating yourself completely from others.
- Keep Up Your Exercise Program
Getting outside (if allowed) for a walk will help you feel more relaxed afterward. It will also help remove stress if you exercise – which can help create endorphins – the feel-good hormones. When combined with healthy eating habits, it will also help to protect your health.
- Take Regular Breaks
Take regular breaks about every 40 – 50 minutes. Limit them, but do something that will help relax you. Listen to music for a few minutes, read a chapter in a book, eat a nutritious snack, and then get back to work. After work hours, be sure to deliberately relax. Watch a non-stressful show, take a bath, read a book, etc. – get your mind off of work and the current economic and political events of the day.
- Go to Bed at a Set Time
Instead of staying up late each night, create a set time when you go to bed. This will make it easier to be refreshed in the morning and it will also help you stay awake during the day. Avoid things like caffeine and sugary snacks before going to sleep, because they will only keep you awake longer.