Working from home isn’t easy. Getting outside is something we all took for granted only a year ago and it doesn’t look like things are going back to normal anytime soon. During these tough times, it’s more important than ever to keep a check on your mental health. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep your mind and body on track. Here are a few of our favourite ways to keep your head above the water.
Give your mind a break
Staring at a glowing blue screen all day isn’t exactly good for your mind. Whether you’re working from home or in the office, taking the time to detach yourself from work is crucial for a good work-life balance. If you want to bring some sunshine into your mind, we would suggest putting away half an hour of the day and commit to some meditation. While this might seem all baggy trousers and incense, meditation goes a lot deeper. The practice can seriously help remove your mind from the stress of day to day life and give you that extra moment to focus on bigger things. Settle down into a comfy Hangout Pod (including a rain cover if needs be), close your eyes and focus on your breathing. You’ll find yourself totally relaxed after half an hours worth of meditation. If you’re struggling, don’t lose hope – keep it up and you’ll get the hang of the practice eventually. A better state of mind isn’t only better for you – it’s better for those around you.
Clearer space, clearer mind
Garden or living room, having a space that you can enjoy is essential for any work-life balance. Getting rid of clutter is a brilliant way to add some clarity to your daily life. While it might seem hard at first, getting rid of stuff you no longer use has been proven to contribute to a healthier state of mind. If you’re working from home, it’s also important to create those barriers between office and living space. Make your living space visually different from your work space. Whether that’s different colour rooms or various types of furniture, there are plenty of ways to draw a line between the two.
Find the right job
We get it – it’s not easy finding a job. You can search for days without finding any results. But if you’re stuck in a job that you’re not enjoying, it’s time to change things up. The goal is to find work that feels like life. Of course there will be stress (as with any work), but discovering something you truly enjoy will transform the way you live. If you’re uninterested, working way too many hours or you’ve got a boss you can’t stand, whip the CV out and put yourself out there. The healthier your mind is at work, the healthier it will be out of work.
Time for a digital detox
If you find yourself endlessly domm-scrolling through the weekend, your mind is going to suffer. For those of us spending way too much time behind a screen, our time spent away from work should be more focused on the things that matter. Commit yourself to taking a few hours each day away from your screens. Whether that’s going for a long walk in the woods or spending time with mates, engaging with the real world will boost your mental health tenfold. During this time, you might find yourself trying to resist that instinctual urge to grab your phone. Our advice? Don’t give up. The benefits of a total digital detox can’t be underestimated.
A well-balanced work life balance doesn’t only impact your time at home – as soon as you start paying attention to how you spend your home time, your work will immediately become more productive and enjoyable.