The prospect of spending a minimum of three weeks at home without being able to go out and about our day-to-day life is a daunting one that is facing all of us.
Boris Johnson’s announcements couldn’t have been more plain – stay at home. This isn’t a drill. Not since wartime have we seen measures like this. Therefore, it’s really important that we all stick together during this time of crisis.
It’s been a week since the working from home measures first came into force and I’m sure some of you are already feeling the effects on your mental health.
So what can you do about it?
Flip that mindset
It’s so easy to just soak up the news and feel downtrodden at our civil liberties being taken away from us.
So a simple flipping of your mindset into looking at the positives can help you. Rather than thinking about being stuck at home, think about the lives you are saving by staying in and the fact that you are safe and with your family.
From a business owners’ perspective, you are bound to be worried about when normal life can resume. You want to get back earning a living right? But given that we’re all inside now, why not use that time to get on with those jobs and projects that you otherwise wouldn’t think about? Small business owners rarely have time to do anything other than the job at hand. Now you have all the time in the world. Sorting out the look of your website and online advertising is a brilliant way to keep your business moving and thinking forward.
Keep that routine
Working in an office gives you structure to your day. There’s your commute, perhaps you have catch-ups at certain times of the day, your lunch, etc.
It’s tempting to work from your bed and fester. But you should think about setting up a proper workspace, committing to your normal morning cycle such as brushing your teeth and getting dressed. This will keep your brain in a work frame of mind, which will enable you to enjoy your time at home when you’ve finished.
Do that exercise
You are allowed one walk a day, and the government has been very keen to keep people fit during this time. So make the most of it. Get yourself on a good 30-minute walk for some fresh air and it will do you the power of good.
Phone that colleague
Something that people will struggle with is the lack of day-to-day communication with people. Human beings are naturally sociable creatures. But just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t speak to anyone. We are blessed with all sorts of technology that allows us to speak to people. So FaceTime, video call and have that all-important communication.
It’s the same at work. Don’t just email your colleagues, pick up the phone from time-to-time and have a chat. It will do your mental health the world of good and you can properly catch up with people you would normally see everyday.
Take that break
Your working day is usually permeated by meetings, tea breaks, toilet breaks, watercooler chats and more. When you’re at home, this is a lot less likely to happen and you might be worried about how you appear if you’re not glued to your desk. Take your lunch break as normal, make a cuppa, do what you would normally do at work.
Keep that chin up
There is no doubt that we are faced with significant challenges at the moment. But if we all do our bit to stay in and stay productive, we can get through this Covid-19 pandemic and get back to normal life.
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