Working from home can make finding and keeping a healthy work-life balance more difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing have made it harder for most of us to feel like we are actually taking a break from work after hours or on the weekends since we don’t have those outside interactions. But finding that healthy balance is not only good for your mental and physical health, but it is good for business too! Here are a few ways that can help you maintain a healthy work-life balance during these unprecedented times.
- Dress differently for work and time off. Different clothes can create different mindsets, which can lead to more production.
- Seek out virtual interactions with your coworkers through Teams or Zoom. It helps you stay connected with your team and is a great way to swap ideas, solutions, and creative insights from others.
- When the weekend hits, put work on pause. Enjoy your time off by not checking your work email as often unless it’s truly urgent. This is where that work-life balance really begins to take effect.
- Spend time after work or on the weekends engaging in relaxing, fun activities or exercises. That way, you’ll feel energized and recharged when you jump back into the work week!
Working from home negates traditional work transition routines like waking up, packing up, and driving to and from work. So, it can help create reminders for yourself that will let you know when it’s time to begin work and when it is time to stop. Setting alarms for a few minutes before you start so you can get your desk ready, or reminders to take a quick coffee break, etc., can help break up your day. Some people have found it helpful to take a brisk walk in the morning and one after work to get fresh air and clear their minds. Set a reminder for when your workday is over, and make sure you shut your computer down so that you aren’t tempted to send just one more email.
Finally, remind yourself that working remotely won’t be forever.
While things may change, and they may not go back to the normal that we were used to, many things will work out in the end. Take a few minutes to stretch in your home office and remind yourself that work-life balance is important. Enjoy the comfort or chaos of your home while we wait for things to open back up. And most importantly, make it count!
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