Nishall’s Blog: Working from home and your mental health

Your Say / Sun 5th Jul 2020 at 10:45am

By Nishall Garala

Working From Home And Your Mental Health

LOOKING after your mental health is very important especially during the testing times we are going through right now. As the UK Government continues to encourage those who can work at home to do so, a new survey reveals that 80% of British people feel working from home has had a negative impact on their mental health. While we recognise the benefits of working from home such as time and money saved by no commute and being able to spend more time with family, this prolonged period of working from home is taking its toll on the mental wellbeing of the nation.

To help combat this adverse effect of working from home it’s important to think about self-care and creating boundaries between work and home life. Making sure you take good care of your body, mind, and soul every day is vital, so to help you here are some tips to help you to better manage your current situation and improve your mental wellbeing while working from home:

* Create a clear divide between your working day and home life. Try to find a way to mark the end of the working day. For example, shutting down your laptop rather than leaving it on or open, switching your work phone off or closing the door on the room where you’ve been working.

* Communicate more. Rather than worrying about stepping away from the computer, take a proactive approach. Tell your colleagues when you’re taking a break for lunch, going for a walk around the block or helping out the children. That way their expectation of a response within a period of time is managed, so you can take a break without worrying.

* Connect with your colleagues! We are naturally sociable and like to be with others so use your tech at your disposal. Hearing someone’s voice can be just as powerful at connecting and seeing them, so if you’re feeling under pressure, pick up the phone for a chat.

* Find ways to relax. Relaxation techniques such as meditation and mindfulness can help you become more aware and accepting of your thoughts. Exercise is also a powerful way to help reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing.

* Get a good night’s sleep. Poor quality sleep will make you feel more tired, stressed, less energised and more anxious as a result. Having a good bedtime routine will help you to switch off mentally and rest easier, hopefully then waking up with a positive outlook on the day.

I hope these tips will help you if you are still continuing to work from home, however, if you’re still struggling with your managing your thoughts and feelings, don’t be afraid to reach out for counselling with mental health professionals. Having counselling to help you get through a situation is nothing to be ashamed of, so please don’t feel like you have to struggle on your own. A counsellor can support you to understand your overwhelming thoughts and feelings, and they will teach you key skills you require so you can deal and manage your situation.

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1 Comment for Nishall’s Blog: Working from home and your mental health:

2020-07-09 14:39:39

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