Best Ways To Self Care Practice When Working From Home During COVID-19
As more people work from home to combat the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-1), it can be difficult just to find and set up a workspace, let alone deal with the isolation. We have now been dealing with the pandemic for over a year, and we are gradually becoming accustomed to the changes it has brought about. We no longer have much of a social life and must spend the majority of our time indoors.
And that is the best thing to do in the current situation, except that this new routine is difficult to adjust to and can be overwhelming at times, particularly for working professionals.
With good self-care practices, you can find time to complete all of your tasks without overburdening yourself. If you're still not convinced, consider the following reasons for focusing on developing a self-care routine:
- A good self-care routine allows you to feel happy, relaxed, and carefree.
- It allows for both mental and physical rest.
- The desire to do something for yourself is beneficial and provides a sense of accomplishment.
- It aids in the separation of personal and professional life.
- A good self-care routine improves physical and mental well-being, reduces stress, and allows you to excel professionally.
It may appear difficult to make time for yourself right now. However, it is critical to recognize that, while there are numerous benefits to maintaining a self-care routine while working from home, there are also some drawbacks to not doing so.
Make a proper routine
When you're not at work, it's critical to set specific hours—and stick to them. It's simple to work longer hours than usual, but this may interfere with family time and disrupt your sleep schedule. You may also feel pressure to demonstrate that you are using your time productively, which can lead to increased anxiety and stress. Set your boundaries and create a routine: get up at the same time every day, take a shower, get dressed, and so on. Maintain as much of your non-work life as you did before the pandemic: eat well, exercise, and get some fresh air—just keep a 6-foot distance from others.
Distinguish Between "Work" And "Life"
Work-life balance has taken on entirely new significance. If possible, set aside a space for work that is not your bed or bedroom. Working in the room where you normally sleep has been shown in studies to disrupt your sleep patterns, which can be harmful to your mental health. It's also a good idea to try to keep your work and home activities separate throughout the day. It may be tempting to use the time between meetings to do the dishes or the laundry, but this can make it more difficult to separate work and life, leading to burnout.
Children Should Be Treasured
If you have children at home due to school closings, assisting them in making sense of what is going on in the world will assist you in processing the situation as well. Anxiety, stress, and sadness affect children of all ages just as much as adults. Do your best to manage childcare, plan for different age groups, and solicit assistance from those close to you, while remaining mindful of social distancing. Be adaptable in order to meet the needs of your children as well as those of your employer. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Move through it as gracefully as possible while making good memories for your family.
You might find it easier to be productive if your chattiest coworkers aren't constantly buzzing in your ear. However, social interactions, even with coworkers, can help to relieve feelings of isolation and loneliness. Maintain normalcy by scheduling regular check-ins with your team or manager to provide progress updates, troubleshoot problems, and brainstorm ideas.
Make Snacking A Regular Part Of Your Day
Hunger can cause you to be distracted for the majority of your working hours without you even realizing it. Working with a full stomach can help you focus, and no one can deny the appeal of snacking while at work.
Because snacking is such an important part of working from home, it can be the ideal excuse to eat nutritious and healthy foods.
Finding time for self-care can be difficult when the lines between professional and personal life are blurred. Taking care of yourself in your spare time may even make you feel guilty.
But, at the end of the day, it is your health that is most important. So, make a self-care routine out of the ideas in this article, or add some that work for you.