With more people working from home now more than ever, it’s important to remember to prioritize your health.

Wearing pajamas may sound like a dream life, but it can lose its charm if it starts to affect your psyche.

Here are 7 of the best mental health tips for working from home to keep you happy and healthy.

Treat it like a normal job

It sounds a little ridiculous, but it’s important to treat it like a routine.

Working from home is not the time to hide from everything that used to be normal and treat it like a holiday.

Make sure you’re still up and dressed for the day before you start.

Yes, it’s so much easier and so much better in pajamas. You can wear your clothes during the day and still be comfortable.

Whatever this means for you is fine. It doesn’t have to be fancy.

Wash your face, brush your teeth and change clothes… even if it’s just changing from one pair of leggings to another.

Create process

Maintaining a sense of normalcy is important when working from home. Try to have a morning routine set up to start the day right before you hit the laptop.

This means waking up five minutes early to peacefully enjoy a cup of coffee, get a quick morning workout, or just take a moment to meditate and breathe deeply.

Here are a few things you might consider adding to your morning routine:

  • Meditate, pray or breathe
  • Exercise
  • Clean the house (do the laundry, clean the dishes, etc.)
  • Practice your hobby
  • Journal
  • Read
  • Have a quiet time
  • Go out

Create a workspace

When working from home, it can be difficult to separate work and home life. If possible, try to create a separate workspace that you go to only during business hours.

Your bed should be for sleeping, the couch should be for relaxing, and your designated work area should be for working.

If this is not possible (due to lack of space or other reasons), try to choose a location that you enjoy.

You can choose to work by the window, light a candle, or add some fun decor to your workspace. You can even add some motivational quotes or mantras that you read every day!

Meal preparation

When you’re working from home, it’s easy if you want to skip a meal or eat something prepackaged just for the sake of not contaminating your dishes.

It’s important to nourish your body and mind, even when you’re at home all day.

Try to plan meals and prepare in advance or batch cook several meals that you can grab, heat and go. Stews, soups and other pot dishes and slow cookers are really good for this.

Plan ahead, toss it in the pot or oven for once and then eat it for the rest of the week.

Block of time

For those who work from home who are easily distracted, blocking time will be your best productivity booster.

Time blocking is where you “block” certain timeframes to get certain work done. An example of a time-blocked date would look like this:

  • 6-9 a.m.: Morning blocking (wake up, morning routine, etc.)
  • 9-12 p.m.: To-do block 1 (remove all to-do lists that you can do during this time)
  • 12-1pm: Noon
  • 1-4 p.m.: Block 2 Work (complete the rest of your to-do list for work)
  • 4-7 p.m.: Evening routine (cooking dinner, cleaning, showering, etc.)

When you combine time blocking with division of work, it’s a recipe for productivity! When you put together similar tasks, your brain will function optimally.

This allows you to be faster and more efficient.

mental health tips for working from home

Breaks

This may sound counter-intuitive, but you need a break. When you take a short break, it can act as a short “reset” for your brain.

Try different breaks and see what works best for you.

This could include 45 min work with 15 min break, 30 min work and 5 min break etc.

Taking a quick break can help improve your productivity and reduce brain fog.

Take a short break from electronics (since you’re probably working on a laptop or computer), take a deep breath, or even go for a short walk outside.

Set boundaries

When you don’t have time to “turn off the clock” and go home, it can be hard to get yourself to stop working. This is where the boundary comes in.

Some tips for setting boundaries:

  • Turn off notifications: emails, texts, etc. Whatever your work, put it aside for the evening!
  • Set timer if necessary to complete work projects
  • Set designated business hours and stick to them: nothing more, nothing less!
  • Limit social networks during the workday to make you more productive
  • Have a task that signals the end of your workday (close your computer and go for a walk, for example)

Interact with people

It can be very easy not to go out and socialize when you are working from home. Regardless, humans still need interaction and connection with others.

Try to talk to someone you love this week.

Use technology, too. Apps like Skype, Facetime, and Zoom are all great for meeting and talking to someone you love…even if you can’t meet face-to-face.

It will still brighten your week and keep you happy.

frequently asked Questions

How do I not get distracted?

One of the best ways to avoid distractions is with planning and timing.

If you already know what you need to do and how long it will take you to get it done, you are more likely to stick with it the entire time.

It’s even more beneficial if you can plan the night before. Sit down and create a to-do list and assign it to your block of time mentioned above.

You can develop more strict time blocks if you want.

Here is an example:

  • 6 – 6:30 am: wake up, brush teeth, etc.
  • 6:30-7am: have breakfast
  • 7-7:30 am: write work email
  • 7:30-8am: submit receipt

And such! The beauty of working from home is that you can create a schedule that works best for you.

Will I feel lonely?

This is a common problem when working from home. This is especially hard for extroverts, who really enjoy socializing.

This is really where it’s important to prioritize engagement!

Plan a weekly grocery shopping trip to get out of the house. Take the time to call a friend or text a loved one.

Make sure to prioritize communication and reach out to someone if you’re feeling down.

How can I make working from home more enjoyable?

This is completely up to you! Make sure to schedule time to do things that you love whether it’s a hobby or just going out.

Keeping a clean workspace definitely helps with mental clarity, which also makes working from home more enjoyable.

Having a plan and sticking to it will keep you productive, which means you can leave your job early! Really, it depends on who you are as a person.

Listen to your favorite music, take breaks, and try to incorporate whatever you like into your day.

Final thoughts on mental health tips for working from home

Working from home can be fun, but it can also affect your mental health.

If you want to avoid burnout, it’s important to remember that your mental health comes first. Prioritize yourself and don’t feel guilty about taking breaks.

Remember to incorporate these tips to keep your mental health in tip-top shape during this time.

If you need help getting out of the house or pushing yourself to get things done, or if you’re feeling down, reach out to someone.

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