Many of us are currently working from home as a form of practicing social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Having the option to work remotely can be very useful to keep individuals employed and companies still functioning. As useful as working from home can be it can also be more difficult for individuals to maintain their mental health.
We have come up with a list of ways you can help maintain your mental health while we wait for things to get back to normal.
1. Set a schedule of for your day and stick to it
2. Take a 30-minute lunch break along with two 15-minute breaks (am & pm)
3. Do something active for at least 20 minutes (this can be as simple as walking in place)
4. Spend at least 1-hour writing, listening to music, or working on a hobby
5. Do not work before your go to bed
6. Video chat with your co-workers a couple of times out of the week
7. Face-time with friends and family
8. Attend virtual support groups or educational webinars
Separate your work from your home life, is much easier said than done, especially when your office is now located inside of your home. Set a schedule for each day and stick to it, this will help balance anxiety and stress triggers. Working from home can be socially isolating, as many of us are at home alone or only surrounded by a few family members. To wrap up your day be sure you get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can be extremely harmful to your mental health and well-being.
There are various mental health resources available over the phone and online. Here at Renewed our therapist are available to provide individual virtual therapy options as well as support groups. If you need help, do not be afraid to ask. There are resources available to help you maintain your mental health if you cannot leave your house due to quarantine or self-isolation.
The truth is we do not know when things will return to normal. Take one day at a time, make your health a priority. Remember that our team here at Renewed is ready to help you through this.