The NEW normal- working from home
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Now we have a strict direction to stay at home, a lot of people are now adapting to the new normal - working from home.
For many of us, it can be difficult to adjust to a new routine, a new working environment or even spending more time with our partners than we’re used to, so getting on top of our self-care can really make a difference to our mindset and how we feel. You might also feel lonely at times and miss spending time with your colleagues, so working remotely can take some getting used to. The following are some tips from wellness experts that have been working very well for Katherine (my wife) and me:
Develop a morning routine: Choose to go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday. When you wake up, tell yourself, “It’s gonna be a great day.” Drink a glass of water, do some light stretching, practice gratitude, take a shower, put on something other than your yoga pants and eat a healthy breakfast. These steps make a huge difference.
Organize your workspace: Make sure that you are actually creating a dedicated space or environment that is productive and conducive to work. From an ergonomic perspective, pay attention to the height of your chair, the height of your desk and the location of your laptop. Think about how much time you’re spending on your laptop – can you prop your laptop up or look at the way that your screen is positioned? Finally, try to get as much natural light as possible.
Take regular breaks: Roger Seip taught me that it is important to take mindful breaks throughout your day. As humans, we can truly focus on one thing really well for about 20-30 minutes and then we get distracted. He recommends working intensely for 20 -30 minutes and then taking a 5 minute break. It may sound as crazy to you as it did to me when I first learned about it; however, I am here to tell you that it works.
Set healthy boundaries: When work and home life blur together, it’s important to set boundaries. It is easy to fall into a couple of traps when working from home. One is procrastination and the other is to choose to never unplug. Both are unhealthy. At the beginning of your day identify what are the most important items that need to be accomplished that day. Then, make a conscious decision as to when you are going to start and end your work day and stick to it.
The coronavirus changed the world in a matter of weeks. We’re all in this together. I am here to help you keep your mindset positive, ensure that you're being productive and live your life with purpose during this time of change.