With what will hopefully be the final leg of this global pandemic, much of the human population has at some point worked from home. Most of us now have a connection to the idea of working from home as usual and the possibility of being able to spread out our time in order to better organize our everyday life. This is the case for the most part, but when it comes to long-term stressors that we accumulate in our daily lives, they flick a few red flags and seem to be detrimental to our mental health.
A study by researchers from Southern California found that longer working hours due to fewer commutes, higher work expectations and distractions, and reduced communication with colleagues reduced our productivity. The study states that the average time a person spends at work has increased by 1.5 hours. Especially when it comes to leading a distributed team, the working hours do not count, as the tasks seem to count for most employers.
It is understandable for us to think about our daily personal lives, to be content, to act like it is better for us, but as the study mentions, our mental health is not going to show its problems over a short period of time. Mental stress can have many symptoms, ranging from nervousness and insecurity to anger or irritability. These include
- Feelings of sadness or depression
- Feelings of anger or irritability
- Low motivation
- Short attention span
- sleep disorders
For people who need to balance and manage work and personal life, these issues can be intertwined and lead to serious suffering and insomnia. If you’re going through any of these symptoms, or noticed that your loved one is having any of these symptoms, don’t worry, there are things anyone can do to achieve a better work-life balance.
Use everyday hacks
Everyday hacks helping your mind to bridge that work-life gap can go a long way in building both mental and physical hygiene
Differentiate your workplace and your home
Assign a place in your home for work and use that space only for work. This allows your brain to think that you are going in and out of work, which makes things easier to understand.
Do sports regularly
Exercise is a proven way to relieve mental stress. It is a known fact that both physical and mental behavior are interrelated.
Tea time during work is a time to hang out with your friends and relax from hectic work hours, but at home we sometimes tend to forget about it. Schedule short breaks every few hours to give yourself the much-needed rest and relaxation to continue.
These are some measures to help you better achieve that much needed balance, but it’s not just these, there are several small measures that will improve both your day and your health. After all, any change takes time, just relax and take the time to make decisions that will put a smile on your face.
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