Manage data costs
If you’re working from home as a direct result of an influential event like Covid-19, avoiding extra exposure to news and media is going to be important for your intelligence. It is important to be aware, but spending too much time after each development can trigger high levels of stress and anxiety.
“There’s a big difference between keeping up with the news all day and repeating the same thing over and over again,” said Dana Rose Garfin, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine.
Media access which makes it much easier for remote staff to be exploited at the constant cost of news. While it would be unreasonable to shut down the news altogether, Christopher Fagundes, an associate professor of psychology at Rice University, suggests setting boundaries for how much time you spend collecting information.
Keep in touch
Lack of human connection while working from home can cause many problems which can increase the stress. To overcome that aspect of working remotely you need to make extra effort to stay connected, not only with colleagues and clients, but also with friends and family members who can support you during this time of change.
Start by communicating more than you need to. Send emails, social media messages and text messages and make regular calls to avoid isolation. Don’t be afraid to make extra contact, write to Lindsay Pollock and Aileen Coombs Inc.
Try to prioritize face-to-face communication to overcome feelings of isolation, says Barbara Larson, executive professor of management and partnership at Northeastern University. Video chats through tools like Skype and Zoom help you maintain a personal connection with others, and visits are not always at the center of the work. Take the time to be social the way you would at someone’s desk or office lunchroom.
Set a consistent sleep schedule
Since you do not have to report to the office, you may be tempted to stay up late and fall asleep. However, a fluctuating sleep schedule or just not getting enough sleep can ruin your mental health.
“When you’re suddenly at home, sleep schedules can hit when you try and adjust,” says neuroscientist W. Christopher Winter, author of The Sleep Solution. Routines are key to ensuring proper sleep while working from home.
Anna Parsaud, PhD, CEO of the beauty company This Works, says adhering to a normal work schedule and eating regularly is important for getting a good night’s sleep. Practicing mindfulness and avoiding late night screen time can help you get a good night’s rest, he adds.
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