The world came to a halt when the Covid-19 pandemic spread like wildfire across the globe in early 2020. According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, almost 80 percent of organizations implemented work-from-home policies. More than two-thirds of companies expect expanded work-from-home policies to be in place for the long term.
Working from home has numerous advantages, including no commuting, more freedom during the workday, and affordable, healthy lunches at home rather than endless pricey fast-casual outdoor dining. However, if you’re not careful, this kind of setting can actually affect you, causing a straining effect on your mental stability. In this blog, we want to give you some tips on how to keep a positive attitude and a strong mindset. SO, to put your Mental Health first in the workplace:
Plan Out Your Day
The most fundamental step toward good mental health while working from home is creating a workday structure. This entails keeping your morning pre-work routine as normal as possible. Wake up, go for a walk or drive, eat some breakfast, take a shower, and be excited about your day ahead. Determine your start and end times, as well as your lunchtime, your after-work plans, and how late you plan to go to sleep. Planning your day can help set clear boundaries for the day and help you detach and recharge when not working.
Establish Your Workspace
Even if you work from home, you should still go to the “office” every day. Set up a dedicated workspace in your home and limit your efforts to that space each day. This creates a psychological barrier between work and home, reduces disruption in your home, and makes you less likely to be interrupted if you share your home with others. You’ll be more focused at work, and it’ll be easier to come “home” at the end of the day — even in the smallest of apartments.
Engage In Physical Activity
A run, walk, or trip to the gym has obvious physical benefits, but regular exercise can have a significant impact on your mental health. Exercise relieves low self-esteem, social withdrawal, stress, alleviates depression symptoms, and improves your thinking, learning, and judgment. Find a way to exercise every day, preferably outside in the fresh air.
Here are some other health benefits:
- Improved sleep
- Better endurance
- Improvement in mood
- Increased energy and stamina
- Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
- Weight reduction
- Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness
Encourage Social Interaction
It’s easy to take small, daily interactions with coworkers for granted — until they’re no longer available. Relationships with other people provide a sense of belonging, increase happiness, and assist you in dealing with adversity. Friendships that naturally form at work may require more effort to develop when working from home. To maintain a positive mental state, make an effort to stay in touch with friends or coworkers as much as possible.
Limit Your Screen Time
Here at Job Duck, we encourage everyone to stay well-rested by taking the necessary breaks. We want you to find ways to reduce your time spent in front of the computer, especially during off-hours, if you’re glued to the screen all day for work. A sedentary lifestyle and excessive screen time can take a toll on your body in more ways than one. It can also lead to decreased creativity, productivity, and difficulty sleeping.
Employees choose to suffer in silence, scared of the stigma if they ever speak out. Employers avoid asking many questions, hoping that mental health disorders go away on their own. If you are struggling with mental health disorders, it would be best if you spoke about it. Seek some help and live your life to the fullest. Here at Job Duck, we wish everyone a safe and happy life! If you enjoyed the article, please share it with someone who’s in need. Click here if you would like to apply to one of our career growth opportunities. You can also subscribe to our Weekly Job Flash email if you want to be the first to see our available career opportunities!