Know that if you are working from home and feel intense pressure, you are not alone. There are many tools available for managing the stress associated with working from home. Here are some strategies for reducing your overall stress.
Whether you set your own schedule or have specific hours to work, creating a routine can help you manage your time and focus better on your work.
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Even though it may be tempting to curl up in bed and work, try to create a dedicated workspace where you can solely focus on your job. Even if you're using a small corner of your home, creating specific work and home boundaries can help you mentally shift from home life to work. It may also help you leave your work "at the office" once you're done with your day.
When you are ready to begin working, be sure to silence your phone and turn off any computer notifications you may receive that aren't work-related. You may also consider listening to relaxing music while you work or using noise-canceling headphones if it's safe to do so, depending on your particular situation.
If you feel isolated working from home, it's important to make an effort to connect with supportive individuals in your life. Because everyone may have different schedules, set up a regular time to video chat or call each other, and add it to your calendar as a reminder. You can also create a group chat to stay in touch with each other throughout the week.
To keep your motivation up, break down tasks into smaller, more manageable steps and reward yourself for completing them. Rewards may include:
During your work hours, you may receive many non-work-related requests. It may feel tough for some individuals to say no to others and place their needs above theirs. Know that it is perfectly okay to turn down someone else's requests if it interferes with your ability to get your job done. Setting appropriate boundaries may help prevent you from taking on too much and offers you the opportunity to decide what you'd like to do with your free time.
Getting quality sleep at night directly impacts your overall well-being, including your ability to work from home effectively. Even though it may be tempting to do so, using screens late at night can alter your sleep patterns and make it difficult to fall asleep. Be sure to prioritize unwinding at night and practice good sleep hygiene.
When you work from home, it's important to prioritize self-care. Doing so may help you stay connected to yourself and better understand what you need in work-life balance. Take your time figuring out how you can best take care of yourself and meet your needs. Practicing self-care may include: