This is a guest post by Jace Rose.
The previous year has taken a toll on everyone, and people who work remotely have their own struggles to contend with. Surveys conducted by Aetna International showed that 32% of employees say that stress is one of their top health concerns — this can be affected by one’s working conditions, home life, or prolonged isolation from coworkers, friends, and family.
Stress is something that cannot be easily dismissed or dealt with through a single night of relaxation, but establishing good self-care habits can help keep negative feelings at bay.
Creating an ergonomic workspace
An ergonomic workspace is an important asset for remote workers. This is a place for productivity and a place you spend much of your time in, so if you haven’t gotten around to fixing up a dedicated area, make it a priority. Make sure you’re in a well-lit, comfortable environment that allows you to focus more.
Investing in an ergonomic adjustable desk and chair can also aid both your health and your productivity levels. In fact, this article on ergonomic seating highlights how these office accessories aren’t just trends. Bad posture can lead to more serious and lasting health problems such as spinal dysfunction.
Finally, please work smarter and not harder — know when you need to take a break.
Listen to your biological clock
Some people may naturally be early risers, noon lovers, or night owls — forcing yourself to work outside of the times your brain is the most active may lead to fatigue and even a decline in your output. While not everyone has the privilege of working with fully flexible work times, you should establish boundaries to help prevent burnout and to keep your personal and work-life balance. So as much as possible, try to preserve your most productive hours for work only, and fill your downtimes with activities that can help you unwind for the day.
Embrace old and new hobbies
This piece of advice has already been told countless times, and yet it is still one of the best things you can do for yourself. Dedicate time for turning off your work brain and engaging in activities that excite you and make you happy. Perhaps this can be through watching films and documentaries, reading or re-reading a good book, discovering new music, or learning how to do yoga. Perhaps for a moment, these activities can offer solace and help take your time off from the stressful happenings in your work and personal life, and in the rest of the world.
Stay connected with your loved ones
While this isn’t necessarily an action dedicated towards you, your loved ones can be considered an extension of yourself — caring for each other during trying times entails checking up on each other and catching up once in a while. This study on full-time remote work reveals that it increases feelings of loneliness and desolation by up to 67%, so we must be proactive in organizing ways to connect with others. A quick call on Zoom or Facetime can be a great way to charge up your social battery, and conversing about even the most mundane things can help reduce stress levels.
Although self-care encompasses simple acts of kindness to oneself: a spa night, a good meal, an impulse purchase, to name a few, it’s more complicated than that. There is no tailor-made solution to combat remote work challenges, but perhaps with these tips you can gain a few ideas on how to improve your work-from-home life.
Remember to take it one day at a time, and to continue being kind to yourself, as you have in the past year.
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