We’re in the midst of a major shift in the way we work. The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has led companies all over the world to shift their office-based staff to working from home. While many people already know the best way to cope with their homes turning into their offices, it can be overwhelming for anyone not accustomed to the isolation or managing the potential distractions.
There are many other factors that could add up to an overwhelming feeling, like not having access to the right files, the right technology, or even the right people to keep on top of your workload. Quickly, the appeal of working in your pajamas and avoiding a long commute can start to fade, and you’re left only with stress. But there are ways you can deal with these overwhelming feelings.
For instance, you can take a big step toward feeling more calm by tidying up and organizing your workspace, which is particularly important at home. If you already had a home office, it may have turned into a dumping ground through lack of use. Or you might not even have that space set aside and are having to make the best of working in your kitchen. Whatever the situation, clearing your workspace can help ease your stress levels and anxiety.
An easy trap to fall into while working from home is that you barely move around because there’s nowhere to go. However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, getting a bit of exercise can help battle the fatigue and exhaustion that come with that sensation. Whether it’s going for a walk or a run or just doing some stretches at your desk, don’t forget to keep moving. It’s certainly easier to do these things from home than in the middle of a busy office.
Another advantage of working from home is the flexibility to do things like listening to music while you work. Studies have shown that listening to music with a beat-per-minute of 60 can decrease anxiety, but anything that helps you focus or cheers you up is also worth trying.
Finally, don’t forget to socialize. Have lunch with a housemate or keep in close contact with your colleagues through Slack or Skype.
These tips should help you cope with any overwhelming feelings of stress and anxiety. Which will you try first?