3 Tips to Manage Your Mental Health While Working From Home

CREATE SEPARATION BETWEEN YOUR HOME AND WORK SPACE

For some people, this will involve having a separate room that is used exclusively for work. However, if this isn’t possible, and you are working from your room, you can also do this by implementing creative strategies that make the one space feel like two separate spaces. Some ideas include:


  1. Clearing your desk of all work-related equipment when the day is over.

  2. Using different lighting during work hours.

  3. Placing a cover over your bed during work hours or covering your desk after work finishes.

  4. Changing out of your clothes once you have finished for the day.

  5. Ending the day with a ritual or routine to signal that the day is over.


For both situations, remember to take regular breaks and avoid eating any meals at your desk.

PRETEND YOU ARE GOING TO WORK

When you wake up each morning, prepare yourself as though you are leaving for work. Do whatever it was that you used to do before lockdown was introduced such as shower, get changed into your work clothes, do your hair or make-up and even put shoes on. All of these actions help to create a mindset that fosters motivation and productivity and assists in creating separation between home and work.

BOUNDARIES

Now, more than ever, it’s easy for work to encroach on our personal lives. Setting clear boundaries around when work starts and when work ends is essential to maintain separation between the two environments. Once work ends for the day, do your best to completely disengage from any work-related activities, such as checking emails.

©2020 by Dr Jason Bos, Sydney, Australia.

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