If you’re one of the thousands of professionals suddenly working from home, it can be quite the adjustment. Some people flourish working for home while others struggle to remain productive and focused. And let’s be honest; working from home can be great under the right circumstances. But doing so because most of us are quarantined due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a little depressing. So, if this virus has you feeling down, here is how to stay positive while working from home.
Social distancing doesn’t mean stop socializing
Many cities and states are encouraging “social distancing,” where they want you to keep about six feet from another person. I am not a fan of this phrase. It should be called “physical distancing.” Just because you can’t go out to lunch or grab a drink at happy hour doesn’t mean you have to stop socializing altogether. It can be lonely working from home, not seeing your work buddies, or being able to hangout out with your friends after work. You just have to be creative when socializing! Facetime each other, talk on the phone, or there is even a Google Chrome extension that allows you to chat with your friends while you watch a Netflix show in synch with them. Socializing is good for the mind and spirit, so don’t let stress from your quarantine kill your social hour.
Take a break from social media
Speaking of social, if you’re struggling to stay positive while working from home, get off social media. Social media is a great way to engage with your friends, watch cute dog videos, and engage with all sorts of content. However, there is also a lot of negativity on social media, especially during the Coronavirus pandemic. So, it may be an excellent time to take a break from social media. If you have a hard time controlling yourself or if it’s merely a habit, you can download a Chrome extension, like freedom, which allows you to pick and choose which social sites to block. This is an easy way to remove yourself from some of the negativity in the world.
Get some exercise and fresh air
Just because you are quarantined, doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. When working remotely, you don’t have to walk down to the bathroom, breakroom, or conference room to get some steps in. When your home is your office, it can be challenging to be active. Go for a brief walk around the block or do some simple exercises at home, like pushups, situps, or jumping jacks. Getting your heart rate up and blood flowing will reenergize you and lift your spirits. Even just working outside, if permitted, can increase your mood. I am quarantined at home and writing this blog from my back porch. So, if you have a backyard or balcony, try working outside for a few minutes each day for a change of scenery and some fresh air.
Take care of yourself
During the outbreak, it can be challenging to stay positive while working from home. But doing the three things mentioned above will help boost your mood and perspective on the current situation. Stay safe out there, and remember, the most important thing is to take care of yourself and those around you.
And if you’re looking to make the best of this quarantine, here are some helpful tips that can better your career while sitting in the comfort of your home!