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WFH: How to manage our new way of life

Sep 15, 2020 | Work Culture

Everyone copes with change differently. Some adapt quickly, while others find it difficult to turn things around. How we proceed in our work and personal lives has changed. There are new ways of doing things, that we have to take into consideration. When we brought work home, we managed to fight COVID-19 back by staying healthy and productive, but we also disrupted our lives at home. And emotional support and happiness that we once found in physical interaction with our friends, is now mostly gone. At least for a while. Here are 6 things to make your life easier, especially when you work from home. 

1. Keep your schedule and make rituals

Set your daily schedule and try to respect it. Take a break every 2-3 hours. When you are at home, it’s much easier to let work interfere with your personal life and vice versa. 

2. Write down your goals

Writing down realistic daily goals in the morning will help you visualize what you want to achieve. It will help you focus on what is really important and stress less. 

3. Stay active and exercise

Walk around the block or go up and down the stairs. Do it every break. The movement will optimize the flow of oxygen to your blood and you will feel energized.

4. Eat healthy

Healthy food and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. It will not only make you feel and function better, but it will strengthen your immune system.

5. Call a friend

Take advantage of modern technology and call or Skype a friend or a family member. Make the most of the situation and reconnect with somebody you haven’t talked with in a while. Talk to them regularly. It will help you to fight off the feeling that you are in this alone.

Two extra tips:

1. Use designated workspace

If possible, reserve one room for work. Your brain will associate this place with a specific regime. You are less likely to get tired of spending too much time in one room. And starting a new day at work in the morning will be much easier. Switching workplaces time-to-time also helps. Don’t forget to use proper tools that are accordingly adjusted like an appropriate work desk, ergonomic office chair and a proper mouse. 

2. Use noise cancelling headphones

 You won’t realize how helpful they are until you try them. Good noise cancelling headphones can eliminate up to 95% of all background noise, so you can focus on your work. You can adjust the level of noise that comes in, or you can even make the background louder, so you don’t miss the delivery or other important things. 

Remember, we are all in this together. If you or our friend have difficulty coping, please seek help here.

Sources:
https://www.healthline.com/health/working-from-home-depression#coping-resources
https://www.verywellmind.com/the-stress-of-working-from-home-4141174
https://vivantehealth.com/2020/04/14/healthy-habits-to-help-cut-work-from-home-stress/

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