August 2022 – While remote work is often described as simple, fun, and easy, it does come with its own set of challenges. One particular area of concern that has been greatly highlighted over the past two years due to lockdowns is mental health. Not only is it important in the grand scope of one’s personal health, but it is sadly often misunderstood.
Most of the time, people’s understanding of mental health is skin deep. “Are you happy? Are you sad? Do you feel stressed?” These are common questions and ideas people have when talking about mental health. While not wrong, it goes beyond these simple thoughts. It is the state of mind, the ability, and the drive to create action both for oneself and their community. It is more than just the absence of mental disorders or emotional imbalance.
With that said, how can we actually take care of our mental health, especially for those transitioning into remote work Although studies show that remote work can be greatly beneficial for a lot of people, this doesn’t mean it’s good for all. After all, it can become a path towards isolation.
Here are quick tips that every remote worker should consider to find brighter and more productive days.
Humans, as they say, are social creatures. This is definitely true as even the most introverted people need to communicate with others. The first step one should take then is to establish ways to connect with others from the comfort of home. By others, we mean more than just co-workers. Staying in touch with loved ones, and finding time to participate in online hangout activities can be the difference between a slow remote work day, and one filled with fun and discovery.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
Every part of you is connected. That includes your mind and your physical being. Taking care of your physical health means that your brain can function in the best way possible. It can lead to better focus, more energy, and an overall better outlook throughout the day.
Find Balance Through Boundaries and Time Management
Remote work is wonderful as it gives workers a sense of freedom at home. However, this can also lead to blurring the lines between personal and professional activities. Ensuring that you balance time for each part of your life and set hard boundaries can be the difference between a stressful day, and a great day. Time management also plays a key role in this regard. Do work during work hours, and spend personal time on hobbies or for family. A simple way to start is to stop eating while looking at or doing your work, a common thing to do for remote workers.
While these three things we’ve just discussed seem simple, doing a little bit of self-reflection will allow you to see that it’s these key things that we tend to take for granted. This is why it’s best to start with the basics to grasp ourselves better, to care for ourselves, and discover growth. This is true not just for remote workers, but for everyone, especially those aiming for the top.
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