Working from home
1 – Routines are important
This includes waking up at the same time each day, having a set routine to get ready to work and having defined breaks and lunchtimes – making sure you leave your workspace at break times!
2 – Have a dedicated workspace
A home office is obviously ideal, but a desk in another room or even a section of the kitchen or dining room table that is yours for work. If possible, try to have a workspace that is separate to where you sleep and relax. Make sure you avoid clutter and are sat correctly.
3 – Take exercise
Exercise is important for both your physical and mental health and should be built into your routine. This could be anything from yoga to a jog or a cycle ride before starting work or in the evening to define the end of work.
4 – Avoid isolation
It is very important to avoid mental isolation and loneliness, especially if you live alone or are a sociable person. Even if you are living with others, interactions with people outside your home are important for your mental health. Voice calls and video calls with friends, family and colleagues are vital – so schedule them in.
5 – Take leisure time
Make sure you stop working at the end of the working day, leaving your workspace and not returning until the next day (if possible).
6 – Ask for help if you need it
Aside from reaching out to family and friends, know that your employer may have an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), which often include confidential counselling services. There is also a wide range of support available online.