10 Stress Relief Tips when Working from Home.
As it’s stress awareness month, we thought it would be a good idea to share with you some advice on how to manage stress not only during an unprecedented global pandemic but also on how to manage stress in the workplace and working from home.
1. It’s time to rest and repeat…Being mindful..
You will hear the phrase mindfulness being used often when approaching the subject of stress. But what does it really mean and what can being mindful look like? To put it simply, mindfulness is defined as; Maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens. So, being aware of your surroundings and thoughts and taking a moment to check in with yourself.
2. Giving yourself a break
With more people working from home than ever, the idea of giving yourself a break can become lost in the endless hours you spend working. With the loss of a structured workday, it is easy to be swept away with work and realise that an entire day has passed without having taken a break. Taking 5 or 10 minutes to take a break, stick the kettle and go for a brief walk (safely) can rejuvenate your mind and allow you to become a better worker and increase productivity.
3. Being Kind to Yourself
This is an important tip in any area of your life. Being kind to yourself and practicing self-care can make the world of difference! Self-care can look different to everybody! There is no one set guideline to follow. Perhaps this means treating yourself to your favourite food, guided meditation, or meeting up with your friends (if it is safe to do so)
4. Staying Connected
Working from Home can be isolating for people, it is so important to use this time to stay connected to not only those nearest and dearest to you. But it’s also a great opportunity to stay in touch with your colleagues! There is a manner of different ways you can do this, our #TeamSunny love utilising Whatsapp, Microsoft Teams chat and video messenger to keep up to date on all thing’s recruitment based.
5. Fuel your Body.
Staying healthy and hydrated is a crucial tip when managing stress. Fuelling your body with food you enjoy and that correspondents with your body can not only reduce your stress levels but also increase productivity. The general rule of thumb is to keep your water/liquid intake to 8 cups a day! Working from home also means that some people are able to cook for themselves and hone in on their cooking skills.
6. Work/Life Balance
This is something everybody strives for! The ‘Work Life Balance’ One major tip or rather strategy to implement when trying to achieve a work/life balance is to track your time and set priorities for yourself. By tracking your time even for a week can allow you to see where and what your schedule is like. All these tips act as a base for achieving a work/life balance and if you can utilise any tip then it may help you find time to enjoy different aspects of your working from home life!
‘Work to Live, not Live to Work’.
By keeping a schedule or running to do list of your daily tasks allows you to prioritise tasks in accordance to your goals. Having a diary or calendar means you can write down everything you need to work on. And can act as a great tool, especially if your line of work involves multitasking.
8. Getting Enough Sleep
This is easier said than done for most people. Although setting yourself some spare time in the evenings to unwind and decompress from a day’s work settles your mind and gives you breathing space before tackling the following day. Dedicating time spent away from screens also reduces an eye strain if working from a screen is a part of your job and perhaps picking up a book, focusing on a hobby or spending time with family members instead.
9. Look to the future and stay positive.
Having something to look forward to in the future can be a great incentive to stay motivated and focused! Perhaps this is a holiday or a car or a day trip out when the time comes. Any of these can be enjoyed with your loved ones, by yourself or with friends!
And..finally. Remembering to take a deep breath and be present in the moment! Taking three deep breaths in can rebalance your mind and help you re-focus on the task at hand. You can also download several different apps such as Calm which provides breathing and meditative practices to follow.
Visit https://www.calm.com/ for more information or try this breathing exercise below;
Please note we are not stress relief experts! These are tips we’ve put together collectively. If you are experiencing stress, please consult a medical professional.