Table of contents:
- Stick to a routine
- Start a morning self-care practice
- Start journaling
- Avoid multitasking
- Set up your workspace
- Make a ritual as part of your routine
- Take regular breaks
- Have a dedicated workspace in your home
- Decrease your screen time
- Get into a productive mindset
- Go outside if you can
- Have your leisure time
- Try Aromatherapy
- Dress for work
- Be choosy about what to listen to and watch
- Develop your social connections
- Set healthy boundaries
Tips To Practice Self-Care
Adjusting to a new routine and a new working environment can be challenging for many people who are working remotely. It makes self-care more important for the well-being of people working from home.
- 37% of remote workers stay productive by taking breaks. (Airtasker)
- Having set working hours is the most effective way to stay productive for 33% of telecommuters. (Airtasker)
- 19% of remote employees report loneliness as their biggest challenge. (Buffer)
- 73% of teams will have remote workers by 2028. (Upwork)
- 2.9% of the total U.S. workforce work remotely at least half of the time. (Flexjobs)
- 74% of companies plan to shift some of their employees to remote working permanently. (Gartner)
- 77% of remote employees say they’re more productive when working from home. (CoSo Cloud)
Follow the 17 tips that will help you lessen the stress and practice self-care.
1. Stick To A Routine
You can improve your energy and focus by following a routine such as:
- Preparing your bed
- Organizing your workspace
- Letting the light in by throwing open all the curtains
- Taking a shower
- Putting on a nice outfit
- Eating a nutritious breakfast
2. Start A Morning Self-Care Practice
Working from home saves the time that was spent on the commute and that time can be used to start a morning self-care practice. Mindfulness practice in the morning sets the tone for the day, calms down anxiety, and improves emotional resilience.
3. Start Journaling
Writing what is in your head onto paper has a calming effect. Maintaining a gratitude journal will help you focus on positivity in your life.
4. Avoid Multitasking
Multitasking might be tempting when working from home. You might feel the need to register your presence by being all over the chat and emails of the company. But instead of multitasking, which can affect your efficiency; this time can be used to create structure and work more efficiently.
5. Set Up Your Workspace
Organize your workspace exactly the way you would if you were actually at work. Arrange your chair setup, lighting and make your work environment conducive to work so that it doesn’t have a negative impact on your body.
6. Make A Ritual As Part Of Your Routine
Create any ritual like lighting a candle with a refreshing scent to indicate the beginning and end of the time for work.
7. Take Regular Breaks
It is important to take short breaks frequently. You can go for a walk, take some fresh air, do some gentle stretches or just walk up to the window to gaze at the moving cloudscape. Taking regular breaks will help you to become calmer, more positive, and all set to tackle your work.
8. Have A Dedicated Workspace In Your Home
Designate one area of your home as your work area. Take on your work persona once you are in this space and close the door on it once you are done. It will help you to draw a line between your work life and home life. At the end of your working day, you can treat yourself to something you enjoy which is a wonderful way to de-stress.
9. Decrease Your Screen Time
Try to cut down on your screen time and do some interesting and beneficial activities, for example
- Turn off all devices and surround yourself with nature
- Do some arts and crafts
- Read a book
10. Get Into A Productive Mindset
Prepare yourself mentally for work. This includes
- Taking a shower
- Dressing up for work
- Having proper breakfast
- Be ready for work
11. Go Outside If You Can
If it is allowed to go outside in your area, then go by all means. Going outside, taking deep breaths in the fresh air, looking at the sky, walking bare feet on the grass will prove helpful in taking your stress away.
12. Have Your Leisure Time
Don’t stretch your work so much that it takes all of your time. Make sure to bring your work to a close, and enjoy your leisure time. It will help you to recharge and pick up where you left while feeling fresh.
13. Try Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy can help you focus. Keep a bottle of your favorite essential oil to hand and take regular sniffs with deep inhalations. It will uplift your mood and make you feel energized.
14. Dress For Work
Your dressing tends to affect your motivation. You might get comfortable working in home clothes but it can have an impact on your mental state. If you don’t get ready for the day and energized for your work, it can have a negative effect on your well-being.
15. Be Choosy About What To Listen To And Watch
Choose what you watch and listen carefully. Don’t develop a habit of watching the news all day. Before commencing your work, you can put on a comedian on YouTube and laugh. Laughter helps you de-stress and can help you improve your overall wellbeing.
16. Develop Your Social Connections
Working from home by yourself for a long time can make you feel lonely. So it is important to work on your social connections. You can arrange get-together online via video conferencing to maintain your ties with your friends or colleagues.
17. Set Healthy Boundaries
Setting boundaries between your work and home life is important. Spend your weekends and evenings as you would normally when you were not working from home.
Deepak Wadhwani has over 20 years experience in software/wireless technologies. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies including Intuit, ESRI, Qualcomm, Sprint, Verizon, Vodafone, Nortel, Microsoft and Oracle in over 60 countries. Deepak has worked on Internet marketing projects in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange Country, Denver, Nashville, Kansas City, New York, San Francisco and Huntsville. Deepak has been a founder of technology Startups for one of the first Cityguides, yellow pages online and web based enterprise solutions. He is an internet marketing and technology expert & co-founder for a San Diego Internet marketing company.