The COVID-19 outbreak has distributed daily life for everyone – including those who are now working from home. Many are teleworking full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends, and family. This new routine can cause added anxiety, stress and strain—physically, mentally, and financially. To help with this anxiety, we have put together tips to enhance your well-being while working remotely.
As enticing as it is to work in your pajamas, it is not a recommended practice. Getting dressed, brushing your teeth and fixing your hair can help you transition into your workday and make you feel more confident.
Set aside a designated work area
Create and keep a dedicated workspace. Whether it’s a home office, a desk in the corner of your living room or even a kitchen table, make sure it works for you. Pay attention to your body position and eye strain, making adjustments as needed. Try to make your workspace a place you enjoy going to each day by surrounding yourself with things that inspire you. This can help you focus and do your best work.
Take regular breaks
It may feel like you can get more done working from home with fewer distractions, but this can often lead to overworking, which not only kills productivity, but can bring about injury. Taking short five-minute active breaks at the top of each hour can actually increase productivity and creativity levels.
Stay connected within your team
When working remotely, it can be easy to get heads down in your work. One key strategy to help you stay connected with your team is through active participation in team meetings. Speak up and share your thoughts during discussions to stay engaged. Avoid multi-tasking during virtual meetings. Another way to connect is to join in group discussions over team chats. Post family pictures, selfies, interesting articles. Even if we can’t be physically visible in the office, we can stay visible to each other.
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