Updated: Sep 22, 2020
It has been months since schools and offices have closed -- and for many, they don't seem to be re-opening any time soon. If you are a student or a professional continuing to struggle with the adjustment to working from home, see these five tips for staying well during quarantine.
1. Focus on What You’re Consuming
Eating balanced meals with sufficient water intake is critical to sustaining energy levels and can have an impact on mental wellbeing. Keeping tabs on alcohol intake is equally as important -- even though alcohol may seem to provide immediate relief, it can exacerbate negative feelings.
2. Maintain a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day will not only help your physical and mental wellbeing, but it’s also a great way to set some structure around maintaining a daily routine. Starting with a routine surrounding sleep, something you always do, is a great place to start as you organize your days.
3. Take Frequent Breaks
It’s easy to lose track of time and feel fatigued as the day wears on. Taking short breaks -- even just 5 minutes -- throughout the day will help to keep your energy levels steady. Setting reminder notifications on your phone or computer can be an effective way to cue yourself to take a step away from your work.
4. Make an Intentional Effort to De-Role
When you're not going to and from a physical classroom or office location, it's difficult to maintain work versus personal life boundaries. However, marking this transition is just as important when working remotely. Whether it’s changing out of your daytime attire or switching physical locations from one room of your home to another, set an intentional act of "de-roling," or transitioning out of your “work mode,” to distinguish work productivity from personal life.
5. Find an Effective Stress Management Strategy
We’re all different and thus, we all have different ways of coping with stress. What works for one person may not be what works best for you. Figure out what works for you, and practice it daily. Exercising, meditating, or journaling are all great places to start, and there are many more ways to de-stress!
Disclaimer: This website is intended as an informational resource from the perspective of an occupational therapist and should not take the place of professional medical advice.