Working remotely? Here’s how you can take care of your mental health

Working from home may have begun as an innovation, but working remotely for extended periods can negatively impact our mental health. The pandemic has been a huge testament to that. Just as it has become essential to take care of physical health after the Covid-19 outbreak, it has also become critical to monitor your psychological feelings.

Some common emotions you may be feeling are:

  • Feeling socially and professionally isolated, lonely, or disconnected from other people
  • Inability to ‘switch off from work’
  • Having trouble staying enthusiastic
  • Have difficulty prioritizing your workload
  • Feeling uncertain about your progress, and whether you’re performing alright
  • Insomnia and sleep issues

To help counter this, here are some ideas to protect your psychological health when working from home.

  • Set up routine and structure for your workday — create boundaries between ‘work hours’ and ‘home time’

Set a routine for yourself as if you were going to work, with a usual start and finish time, and a framework for your day, including breaks and exercise. This will assist you in having a strong demarcation between work and home life, minimizing the chance of work intruding into family and personal time, and assisting you in switching off from work at the end of the day. Creating signals, such as changing into work clothes at the start of the day and changing out at the end, can also help with this.

  • Set aside a specific area in your home for working (avoid your bedroom)

Working from home has been shown in studies to tamper with sleep, particularly for people who struggle to switch off from work. If at all possible, prevent working in your bedroom. It will then be linked to being vigilant, awake, and switched on.

  • Stay connected with your colleagues through meetings

Schedule regular virtual or phone meetings with coworkers and your manager to stay in touch. Since everyday encounters with colleagues do not happen on their own when we work from home, we must be responsive in conducting meetings and social connections to maintain positive relationships. Keeping yourself connected with others will help you minimize stress, feel less secluded, and be more efficient. It also facilitates communication with your manager or employees to keep them up to date on your progress.

  • In the evenings, try a digital detox.

Technology has made it easier to stay connected 24 hours a day, but it can also make it difficult to switch off and separate work and personal life. Try a digital detox to help you disconnect from work and spend more time with your family or doing the things you want to do.

  • Include mental healthcare in your healthcare packages

You wouldn’t expect an employee to come to work if they had broken their arm or had a fever. You also might discourage them from coming in, not just because they can rest and recover, but also so they don’t spread the disease among their coworkers.  receive compliance training.  Learning management systems, such as HealthStream Learning Center, can help nurses and caregivers cross-train while also automating personalized competency plans on a large scale. It enables healthcare organizations to develop, organize, and maintain regulatory compliance training for their patients. 

  • Get outside at least once a day.

If you aren’t completely isolated, try to get out there at least once a day. Take a walk to get some fresh air and sunshine. If you’re feeling lonely, go outside to your garden, take a stroll up and down your driveway, or just step out onto your balcony to get some fresh air. Don’t forget about the other helpful actions for maintaining positive mental health. Among these are:

  • Exercising
  • getting a good night’s sleep, and eating healthily
  • Activities that you enjoy
  • Maintaining contact with social supports
  • Solving problems, relaxing, or meditating can help you deal with stress.
  • Thinking in beneficial ways

Final Thoughts

Look for the silver linings. Working from home can have numerous advantages. It can boost productivity, reduce distractions, relieve anxiety, boost job satisfaction, reduce the amount of time (and money) you spend commuting to work, give you more control over your workday, and even help you avoid difficult coworkers!