The lockdown has made us all dive headfirst into the unexplored waters of work from home, something most people have enjoyed at the start, but slowly it starts to take a depressing turn. With gloomy news all around us, combined with the effect of working in isolation, it is bound to take a toll on your mental health. You might feel like curling into a ball at times and forgetting about everything. But the world does not stop; neither does the work.
Here are 5 small tips to keep the spirits up and lively while working from home:
- Have a designated ‘Work Zone’ and a ‘Me Zone’
While working from home, the line between work and personal life gets erased easily, and it is crucial to draw that line back. Pick a corner at your home and make it your office, your Work Zone. Having this physical space defined for work, away from all distractions, will improve your productivity and focus. It will also help you mentally disconnect from your job by leaving that area after working hours. A win-win!
- Do NOT forget to eat
It is very normal to lose the sense of time when working at home. Tirelessly trying to complete the task at hand and later realizing it is already 5 pm, and you’ve skipped lunch is not healthy! It is essential to take breaks in between, and have meals at a proper time to keep your body and mind recharged.
- Dress Up and leave the bed!
It is very tempting to stay in your pyjamas and work out of the comfort of your bed in half-awake postures. This leads to a lack of attention, procrastination, and neck pains. Break the monotony of living a life from one pyjama to another, and give a chance to rest of your clothes resting in your wardrobe. Maintaining the routine you had before lockdown will bring a sense of normalcy and motivation in otherwise mundane days.
- Drink water and Exercise
This tip is a no-brainer, but something we all forget to do. Keeping yourself hydrated is beyond important. Have a water bottle near your work area, and make sure to finish it. Also, sitting at home, we’re all turning into a couch potato. Not just physically, but mentally as well. Exercising is a known way of boosting the mood and keeping the mind fresh. The only thing required from your end is to do Just Do It!
- Indulge in hobbies
Be it reading a book, listening to music, or anything, try and make some time for the things that give you joy. Reconnect with yourself and the world around you. Always remember, social distancing does not mean social isolation.