Door 43 wellbeing blog: How to work or study from home and stay well

Door 43 wellbeing blog: How to work or study from home and stay well

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In these blogs our Door 43 team provide wise words and support to help young people manage emotional health and wellbeing during this difficult time. Be sure to look out for these blogs on the Sheffield Futures website and our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram channels. 

This week, Annis takes a look at her own experience of working from home and shares the experiences and learnings from this time and some top tips to stay healthy and motivated.

I decided to do a blog on my experiences of working from home in the hope that I could share some of my thoughts and feelings about this very strange phenomena.  If like me, this is your first time of either working or studying from home, I am sure it has taken some minor adjustments to say the least!

During my normal working day, I am used to being surrounded by people all day long, so working in isolation with just a laptop for company is very strange.   We have been working in this new social pattern for weeks now and I am beginning to crave human interaction – I am even missing the minor irritations of working closely with others.  However, over the last few weeks, I have discovered a few strategies that appear to make at least my time alone more bearable.   Here are some things that helped me:-

 

 

  1. Getting dressed in the morning! While it seems very tempting to stay in your Pjs all day, I found this sends quite a confusing message to your brain! I felt that by not wearing outdoor clothes, I was under the false impression that I was either on holiday, ill or it was the weekend so there was no need to focus on anything constructive.  I found it hard to stay focused and felt like I was constantly fighting the desire to stay in bed all day!  For me, getting dressed as soon as I woke up as I would normally do was something that helped to remind me that I had things to do and I needed to focus and jobs to achieve.
  2. Try to stick to your routine – One way you can do this is by getting up at the same time you would as if you were going out to work, college or school.  For me this helps me to plan my day and set realistic targets that I aim to achieve by the end of the day. It is another way of telling your brain and body that you are also still in work mode which has helped me to make the most of the time I have.  The time I would have spent travelling I have added as time spent listening to music, catching up on social media or watching a series on Netflix.  You can also allow yourself breaks as you would in a normal working day.  Working to your normal hours also helps you know when it is time to switch off at the end of your day helping to create a clear work/life balance.
  3. Avoid Distractions – I find multi-tasking really hard and have never found it easy to focus on more than one thing at once.  I realise some people work well listening to music and if you are one of those people that is fine.  However, having your phone in a different room to avoid text alerts or phone calls while you’re working could help to avoid un-necessary distractions.  If you do enjoy listening to music while working, perhaps have it a level that will not interrupt your focus.  If you are living with others, find a quiet room in the house that is unlikely to be interrupted by other people.
  4. Stay connected to others – Which sounds contradictory as we are socially isolating, but social media can help us to stay in touch with friends, family and co-workers while staying safe.  Sharing your personal stories, thoughts and feelings is really important when you are working from home as you can start to feel isolated if your social contact is reduced.  Why not be the first person to text or message a friend and ask how they are doing?  They will probably be delighted to know someone is thinking of them during these strange times.
  5. Spending time outdoors and exercising– It is important to keep exercising to give yourself a mental and physical break from your routine.  Taking a walk or jog while respecting the social distancing rules is a good way to take your mind off work and it can help to alleviate potential boredom from being in just one place.  If you are unable to go outside, try opening your window and listening to the birds, looking at the flowers and being mindful of your thoughts and feelings.
  6. Eat Healthy Meals – This was certainly a challenge for me during the first few days of lockdown.  Being a person who loves food, the temptation to eat and snack like I was on an all inclusive holiday was very tempting.  I think it may have something to do with the boredom of being in one place all day, so I was enticed to the fridge on a very regular basis and I was not picking out the healthy stuff!  My instincts were to find the most fattening and sugar loaded food and I appeared to be in a cycle of eat, drink and repeat for what felt like ages!  After a while, I started to feel slightly ill and I realised I had not eaten anything that wasn’t fried, sugar or chocolate coated in a while and realised I needed a change!  Trying to eat normal meals also helped me feel more like a normal working day.

I realise that everyone has their own ways of dealing with difficult situations but these are just some tips that have helped me to maintain some sort of normality during these very usual times.

I hope it helps –  take care and stay safe everyone. Bye for now.

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