April 15, 2021
Work-From-Home Stress – Yes, It’s Possible
Work-From-Home Stress is real, it’s not fantasy. During the coronavirus pandemic, for many extroverts, working from home has resulted in an increase in loneliness. Do you recall how, in the early months of the pandemic, we began working from home? I recall March and the week when fear reigned supreme. Many people were in disbelief, learning how to navigate technology and working from home. We established a routine, but what about the indicators of emotional strain?
Take some time to stop and analyze your situation
- Are you having concentration problems?
- Has your interest in the things you used to appreciate has waned?
- Are you feeling despondent about your prospects?
- Are you feeling shut off from others or feeling distanced?
- Do you have an increase in anger about your situation?
Work & Personal Life
Burnout can occur when the lines between work and personal life become blurred. When the lines between your professional and personal lives blur, when do you “switch it off”? It’s critical to (1) establish office hours, (2) express your expectations to coworkers, and (3) work more efficiently. For instance, just because you work from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have lunch. Or even take a break from the routine.
We’re all attempting to get through this tough period. Just because you’re working from home and aren’t stuck in traffic for 45 to 60 minutes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of yourself. Always remember to put yourself first. Keep smiling and stay positive.
You may not have time for an all-inclusive vacation or all of life's comforts, but that doesn't mean you can't prioritize your health. Do not let stress take hold, remember you can't pour water from an empty cup. Keep connected and take care of yourself first my friend.