As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing health situation, more and more companies are starting to adapt to a remote work environment – from gyms that use their fitness services online to agencies that improve their digital presence. Adapting to this new normal can unfortunately feel like a blessing and a curse at the same time.
Even so, we can still maintain an appearance of peace and order in these difficult times. Here are some important methods you can use to work peacefully at home.
Most (if not all) of the days you spend exclusively at home, the pressure to be extremely productive is easily felt. Although you have more time technically available, a revision can do more harm than good and set you up for burnout. As we have already described in our article "Finding balance in uncertain times", it is important not to put unnecessary pressure on yourself in order to perform optimally. Instead, gently remind yourself that we live in unique times that require a little more patience.
In this context, you should consider adding breaks to your routine to avoid overloading. This not only relieves your stress, but also helps you to stay focused and less overwhelmed. According to the University of Illinois psychology professor Alejandro Lleras, breaks help you stay engaged because a short break can recharge your mind – even if it's just a few minutes of meditation or you go outside to get some fresh air.
Practice open communication
Regardless of where you work, collaboration and teamwork remain essential values in the workplace – all the more now. This is why it is important to be open with your team when you are dealing with all the stress and uncertainty. Maryville University psychologists have found a definitive link between mental health and cognitive development, meaning that self-check-in is an integral part of maintaining a functioning, healthy brain. If you push yourself to work when your state of mind is suffering, it will seriously affect your well-being in the long run. Indeed, psychoanalyst Hilary Jacobs Hendel notes that suppressing your emotions can even increase symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Although sharing your struggles with your coworkers can be quite scary, always remember that they are there to support you. After all, they are your teammates and want to help you succeed. Once you realize what you feel about yourself and your team, let your mind experience true healing.
Provide a healthy environment
There is little you can do about what's going on outside. At the very least, you can try to ensure that your interior and flow work for your mental and physical benefit. As an article on Business2Community shows, a clean, tidy desk can significantly increase productivity. Of course, it is more difficult to meet the deadlines if you are constantly distracted by random objects in your room or loud noises from your television.
Another simple but effective change you can make is to straighten your posture. A study conducted by San Francisco State University researchers found that students who stayed in a relaxed position had a higher level of test anxiety and lower test results. Although this seems an obvious point, the right attitude can really help you adopt the right attitude.
With all that is said, it is easier said than done today to maintain peace. As already mentioned, you have little or no control over the current world order. The best thing is to have an overview of what you can control – whether you are shifting your working hours or getting a more comfortable chair. And most importantly, understand that there is no blueprint to deal with a world crisis. So remember to think about it even on the most bleak days.
About the author: Amanda McKee is a freelance writer and digital marketer and currently lives in Brooklyn. She is also a part-time yoga teacher, vegan, and aspires to a lifestyle without waste.