Exercising, getting a good night’s sleep, and eating healthy are well-known preventives against physical and mental health problems. Positive affirmations, meditation, relaxation, and engaging in activities that bring you joy can also prove to be helpful. To help combat the risks of working from home, here are 6 more tips to protect your mental health:09

#1: Stick to a routine

Structure your workday and outline a routine for yourself. Set a routine as though you were going into the office, with a regular start and end time. Schedule in breaks and exercise. Create boundaries between work and personal time. This will help you chalk out and maintain the boundary between your professional and home life, and will minimise the possibility of work interfering with your family life. A routine will enable you to switch off from work at the end of the day. Creating cues, such as getting changed into your work clothes at the start of the day, and out at the end, can help with this.

Don’t feel guilty about taking a break during the day to enjoy the sun or a walk. It's healthy to take a break from your MacBook from time to time!

#2: Carve out a specific place for work at home

Studies show that working from home can interfere with sleep, especially for people who find it difficult to switch off from work. Avoid working in your bedroom if possible, otherwise, you’ll associate your personal space with being alert, awake, and “on” all the time. At Social Blue, we’ve been supplying our employees with upgrades to their work-from-home station to not only to help them improve their efficiency but also to prevent the emergence of health issues.

#3: Stay connected with co-workers and your manager by scheduling regular meetings and calls

Everyday encounters with colleagues don’t occur spontaneously when you’re working from home, and it’s good to be proactive and organise meetings to maintain social connections and positive relationships.

Most of our teams have periodical meetings during which they catch up and connect regularly.

Staying connected with colleagues helps reduce feelings of stress and isolation, and enables greater productivity. It’ll also help you communicate with your manager or team members and keep them informed as to what you’re currently working on.

#4: Try a digital detox in the evenings

Technology makes it so easy to remain online 24×7. The downside is that it can sometimes be difficult to switch off, and separate work and home life. Try a digital detox, spend quality time with family and friends, and spend time doing the things you enjoy that don’t involve screens!

#5: Try to go outside at least once a day

If you’re not self-isolating, try to get outside at least once a day. Go for a walk, get some fresh air and sunshine. If you are isolating, go out into your garden, walk up and down your driveway, or get out onto your balcony.

#6: Try to focus on the silver lining

Working from home has many benefits. It can bolster productivity and work satisfaction, reduce distractions and stress, lower time spent commuting, and equip you with greater control over your workday.

Bottom line

Even though working from home can be challenging, you can learn to make the best of it. Follow our tips for a better work-life balance. At Social Blue, we’re offering our employees preventive coaching to help them strengthen their self-care habits. We think it’s important to stay connected with each other, and thus regularly organize online events for our offices worldwide. Our HR department continuously encourages the conversation around mental health so that our employees can stave off loneliness, depression, and anxiety – issues that many remote workers are experiencing at this time. Let’s all strive to do a better job at making self-care a priority!