Lockdown doesn't need to bring that sense of dread - its time to focus on you!
Lockdown 2 is in full swing and whilst we all sigh at the prospect of being back working from home for the foreseeable, we’ve got to do our bit to keep safe!
So to get us through the next few weeks we are pulling on our positive pants and focusing on how we can stay on top of our own mental health and wellbeing during this time; here are our top 5 tips to help eliminate the working from home fatigue:
Your brain is a remarkable thing; with regular breaks it can work effectively and come up with new ideas and ways to adapt to challengers! Move away from your workspace and leave all devices / technology behind for at least half an hour, once a day. We know sometimes it feels like powering through the day is the best thing to do, but if you work all day with no breaks, your body and mind will be running on empty and you'll struggle! So if it's even for 10 minutes - stop and take a step back!
We're not talking heading to the kitchen for a beer or gin with lunch! Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet. Again move away from your workspace and take time to enjoy your food and allow your body to digest it! Don't eat on the move! Your body really is a temple and by giving it the nourishment and hydration it needs it will stay well, work effectively and fight off infection if it needs to!
Do you often find it gets nearly to lunch time and you realise you haven't moved from your chair? Be conscious to get up and regularly move around, stretch and breathe - these will all support good physical and metnal health. If you can get outdoors, a lunctime walk can really brush off the cobwebs and do you the world of good!
Not with the TV on, while reading emails and cooking dinner! Try to define a cut-off time for work related communication and stick to it. By relaxing and letting yourself settle in an evening; you'll sleep more soundly at night! Sleeping well really will support your wellbeing! Poor quality sleep can cause physical and mental health issues over time and really does affect your concentration, tolerance and perspective.
Stay in touch with family, friends, peers, colleagues, customers and suppliers. Networking is a greay way to connect with people who may be in a similar situation to you. By chatting and to know 'its not just me' can be a huge relief and helpful to ease any stress or anxiety you might be experiencing. Because it's not just you; everyone struggles from time to time so reach out and talk to people you trust!