For those who are used to working in an office, warehouse, store, or any other place besides home, this COVID-19 lockdown is probably doing its best to drive you insane, right? Honestly, those who typically talk to others and see people on a daily basis are probably about to lose their minds with boredom and loneliness. But you don’t have to do that. After all, you can talk to people anytime you want to with the internet. Working at home does not have to be a bad thing. It could be worse. You could have a job that does not let you work at home.
Set a Schedule
The first tip on staying sane working at home is setting a schedule. So many people just figure they can work whenever they feel like it, so they do not set themselves a work schedule. This can lead to stressing out about whether or not you can get your work done on time because you waited until the last minute. We have all been there. Set a work schedule just as if you were going to work. If you worked 8 AM to 5 PM at the office, do the same at home. And do not forget to take breaks. Schedule those too.
Talk to Someone
If you are feeling anxious, stressed, or depressed, talk to someone. At BetterHelp, there are thousands of mental health professionals such as therapists and counselors who can help, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Online or by phone. You don’t have to go out or get close to anyone. Just talk to them on Facetime, Skype, or you can use text, email, or even an old-fashioned telephone call.
Sitting too much is not just bad for your physical health, it is bad for your mental health as well. Even if your job requires you to sit at a computer, you can stand up and work too. Place your laptop or computer on a counter or get a stand-up computer desk so you can work while you are standing up. If you need to use an earpiece or headphones, make sure they are wireless so you can walk around while you listen and talk. When you take a break, go for a walk. Outside if possible. You can walk around outside as long as you stay six feet away from other people if you see them.
Take a Hike
Take a hike outside. Going out and getting some sun is good for your physical and mental health as well. If you have ever heard of SAD, which stands for seasonal affective disorder, you probably know that it is thought to be caused by lack of sunlight. It is true because the brain releases serotonin when you are exposed to sunlight. Serotonin is the mood-boosting hormone that helps you feel happy, calm, and more focused. Just sitting out on the deck with your computer can help you soak up some sun. But walking around can be even better because exercise reduces anxiety and boosts endorphins and serotonin as well. With all those positive hormones zipping around in your body, you should feel better in no time.
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.