Why Does Working from Home Cause Stress?
Due to the pandemic, the number of home workers has sky rocketed in recent times. Whilst working from home has cut commute times and helped people to save money, it brings with it certain challenges. Many people, especially if they live in a smaller space, find the separation of home life and work life hard to do. Also, the extra clutter that comes with working from home can be hard to deal with.
5 Ways to Reduce Stress When Working from Home
Here are 5 ways to reduce stress when you are working from home:
-Organise your desk space so that it is conducive to productivity. Put all of your papers in a place where they are easy to reach, but not in the way of your computer screen. Find a good spot for your printer and always keep printer ink on hand. Keep this space neat and tidy.
– Make sure your working space is ‘out of sight, out of mind’ when you are not in working hours. Either have your working space in a little-used room or have somewhere to store your computer/papers once it’s time to clock off.
– Take regular breaks – when you are working alone it’s often easy for time to pass quickly without you noticing. Schedule regular breaks for a coffee or even better, to get outside for a walk.
– Stay connected: make sure you are still socialising with people, whether that be organising to meet a friend for a beer or setting up a catch up on Zoom.
– Create a routine – we thrive on routines, make sure you start work by a set time each day and always allow yourself time for lunch.
How to Create a Calm Office Space When You Work From Home
A Feng Shui office space is a good way to make sure that you are not wasting time on something that won’t work for your energies.
Here are some tips on creating a calm workspace:
- Introduce greenery – treat yourself to some houseplants to place near where you work
- Diffuse calming oils
- Keep your desk clutter-free
- Introduce light – if you can’t work near a window, invest in a lamp
- Invest in a comfortable chair