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For many people, the shift to working remotely has required us to re-think how we take care of our mental health. The usual self-care and self-compassionate practices we’ve relied on in the past need to be adjusted to support our well-being in this new situation we find ourselves in. If you haven’t yet developed any mental wellness strategies to take care of yourself while working remotely, now is the time!
New situations naturally bring on new feelings of stress. Working remotely can cause the following stressors: isolation or disconnectedness, feeling unable to ask for help, receiving negative feedback in an impersonal way, reading into a co-worker’s tone over text communications, increased anxiety surrounding your own non-verbal communications, time management, and an inability to create concrete boundaries.
We can cope with new elements of stress but it means we need to strengthen our mental resilience first.
Now that our working environments are in our homes, it’s a lot easier to let the line between working hours and off time blur. Remote work can be great for some people who really benefit from having a more flexible workday but, without the separation of leaving your home every day, we’re working longer hours, maybe without even realizing it and this can lead to burnout. Burnout is a state in which we feel emotionally, physically, and mentally exhausted and is usually caused by being stressed for a prolonged period of time. To make sure you’re aware of your own burnout or the burnout of your coworkers and employees, here’s a few things to recognize:
2. Change in levels of socializing while at work or a drastic dip in energy. Have you noticed that one of your coworkers has been avoiding casual drop-in sessions or doesn’t respond to your coffee break chats via teams?
3. Less careful when completing work. Someone who is burnout is more prone to making little mistakes that they wouldn’t normally.
4. Physical illness noticed through more days off than usual.
Work-life balance sounds great but seems unattainable. To create the right balance for you or your business you need to draw personal boundaries that work for you that allow you to prioritize both work and rest.
Here are some things to implement to keep a good work-life balance
Working remotely can be overwhelming, especially when you’re operating amidst uncertainty. Stress can impact how we operate while at work and can negatively affect our productivity and well-being. Here is some advice about how you can build more resiliency working from home to prevent burnout and be well.
Making your workplace more aware of mental wellness in a remote setting starts with you. Do your best to encourage others to prioritize their mental health and have open conversations about mental wellness. Promote good habits like mindfulness, maintaining a balance between work and life outside of work, and actively foster an environment where others feel that they can reach out for help whenever they are struggling. Take this time of change and look at it as an opportunity for discovering new things about yourself and find alternative paths for taking care of yourself, your well-being, and those around you.