Working from home can be a blessing, but it also has its challenges.
One of the most difficult aspects for some people is self-care while working at home.
Nowadays we are often told to do more and be better. As a result, self-care is sometimes pushed aside or forgotten about in the pursuit of work success.
The following blog post will teach you 5 ways to manage self-care when working from home!
Take a break every hour
The most important self-care habit you can build when working from home is being able to take regular breaks.
Often we feel like we simply cannot afford five or ten minutes to take some time out because we feel like we should be working.
You think, “my colleagues and managers will think I’m being lazy”, but this is not the right way to think about breaks.
But don’t forget, if you used to work in an office, you would have spent time chatting to people at your desk or in the kitchen, which you can’t do now.
It’s essential that you take regular breaks in order for your brain and body not only to stay healthy but to remain productive as well!
Taking breaks every hour at least are crucial for optimum focus.
Some people suggest the Pomodoro technique, which is having a 5 minute break for every 20 minutes spent working.
There are many free Pomodoro timers you can use on the internet or even a simple handheld timer or on your laptop can do the trick.
It’s also important to make sure you’re resting your eyes from the harsh blue light that most screens give off. You should be looking away from your screen at least every twenty minutes.
Some ideas of what you can do during on your break to recharge and refocus are:
– drink water
– take a short walk for fresh air
It’s also important to remember that self care is not all about what you’re doing, but it’s also taking time for yourself.
Schedule focus time for yourself in your calendar
If you’re having trouble getting work done at home and staying focused then one habit you can try is time-blocking.
At home, there are many distractions coming in, the biggest of which can be phone calls from your colleagues or customers.
This means you’re not able to completely focus on tasks that need completing. To be able to focus 100%, you need to block time in your calendar where you can’t be distracted.
People will be able to see that you’re busy and can’t disturb you.
If you allow yourself to say yes to too many distractions or additional work, this can lead to you feeling overwhelmed and stressed. Take some time to complete work and reduce your to-do list – it’s not being selfish at all.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep
To be able to work from home at peak performance you need to be able to think clearly and focus on the task at hand.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, it’s likely that your mind will start to wander towards thoughts about work or other things that might be hanging over you.
Since many people have been working from home, it has become easier to get up out of bed later and later in the day because there’s no more travel time to the office.
This means you think you can afford to go to sleep later and later, meaning you feel more tired and fatigued during the day.
Having a restful night sleep will mean you are able to focus the next day, and it provides many other health benefits.
Make sure that you’re getting a good night’s sleep by setting an alarm and turn off all your electronics before bed so as not to have any distractions.
It will take some time for your body clock to adjust but it will be worth it when working from home during the day.
Set up an office space that is separate from the rest of your house
This point on our list will also help minimize external distractions while you’re working from home.
You may still be distracted by your tasks and colleagues at work, but you can do many things to prevent people and items in your own home from distracting you.
The main causes of distractions when working from home are pets, technology, food and even household chores.
It’s hard to ignore every single distraction that’s in your home (and some are impossible to avoid), but one way to reduce them is by working in a designated room or ‘office’.
Working in a separate space from the rest of the house may not be feasible for you. If it’s not then, then just be sure to avoid working in places like your bed and always clear your workspace of any household items before you start work. This will still make you feel like there is some demarcation between home and work.
If you can work in a separate room, then it’s well worth doing so. As we said, having somewhere in the house that can provide a clear separation between work and home is great for focus.
Just make sure you don’t work in other places in the house and you don’t do non-work related activities in your designated office!
Find ways to take care of yourself when feeling overwhelmed
The last point on our list is similar to the first. You must take regular breaks from work to avoid feeling too stressed and overwhelmed.
When you feel overwhelmed, it’s important to take care of yourself. Here are a few ideas of what you can do when you’re feeling stressed from working at home:
– exercise to generate endorphins
– meditate to calm the mind and promote mental clarity
– take a bath or shower for relaxation
– go for a walk outdoors to enjoy the sun and fresh air (this one is especially important if you work from home in winter)
– read an intriguing book or magazine article, listen to soothing music, watch something funny on TV – find things that make your day more enjoyable!
Or just do anything else that makes you feel better. Self-care is all about you.