Adapting to teleworking has not been easy for many people. Not having adequate spaces, having a large family, not having good internet connectivity, among other factors, causes stress, exhaustion and anxiety. How to maintain mental health and work well-being in this context?
Robert Walters, a consulting firm specializing in the search and selection of middle managers and executives, published the Guide to Protecting Mental Health and Well-Being by Working Remotely. The tips he suggests are:
- Create a definitive space that surpasses that of your office
Having an organized and enjoyable workspace helps maintain a productive, positive and motivated mindset. “Although it is tempting to work from the comfort of your sofa, it is preferable to have a designated workspace as this implies fewer distractions and a better separation between your personal and professional life,” says Iván Baltasar, head of the Valencian Community at Robert Walters .
- A daily routine with time limits = a routine far from burn out
In order to achieve a sense of “normalcy”, try to follow your usual work routine as much as possible. Set the alarm to wake up, get dressed, have a quiet coffee or exercise before work – it is important to maintain your daily rituals, structure your day in an effective and organized way to feel safe, in control and calm.
- Social distancing does not equal social isolation
“It is important to bear in mind that social distancing should not mean social isolation, so we recommend that you find ways to maintain frequent communication with your co-workers, but also with your family and friends, and that you leave your home -respecting always preventive and security measures – as much as possible so as not to be locked up at home all week working ”, suggests Baltasar.
- Infoxication: information is power in its proper measure
Being exposed to a large amount of negative information can increase your feeling of anxiety. Don’t spend so much time with the television on or watching news about Covid-19. The constant flow of information about the pandemic causes concern. Ideally, focus on data from reliable sources such as WHO and local authority platforms. Try not to share rumors or misinformation that could generate panic.
- The importance of “kit kats”
As in any work environment, taking breaks is extremely important to relax your brain and body. Pauses have been shown to significantly improve a person’s productivity levels and attention span, as well as being beneficial for mental health.
- Mindfulness, relaxation, yoga
Many companies offer employee support programs and a wide range of benefits to support their physical and mental well-being, especially since the pandemic began. Take advantage of these tools when you need them. You can also be proactive and look for other activities on your own.
- Never be afraid to ask for help
If you experience anxiety, bad mood or any other unusual condition, it is important that you ask for help before the situation worsens, whether it is from a trusted colleague, friend, family member, your own company, your health center or a support organization. Professionals work an average of 28 more hours per month when telecommuting and 18% have difficulty disconnecting when working remotely.