HOW TO COPE WITH WORKING FROM HOME THIS WINTER
For many of us, this year saw a shift away from office working. Suddenly our living rooms became boardrooms. It was an adjustment that lots of us now feel more used to. But with shorter days and less sunshine looming, it might start to feel trickier again. So, here’s a few tips for making the best out of winter WFH.
FRESH AIR IS EVERYTHING
When you can take a break, try and get outside. Even if it’s just a walk around your neighbourhood for ten minutes. A change of scenery helps keep your mind feeling fresh and more focused when you return. Not being in a work environment can also feel a little isolating at times. So if a friend lives nearby, see if they’re able to join you for a socially distanced stroll. If you can, do this in both the morning and evening to mimic your commute which will give your work day more of beginning and end.
KEEP IT LIGHT
Get as much natural light into your workspace as possible to boost your mood and help your body from feeling sluggish. On days where it’s not quite enough, a SAD lamp is also a great investment to have on standby.
STRUCTURE YOUR DAY
While not having to travel into cities has saved many of us time, we’re often working more hours than ever as the boundaries between personal and professional time become blurrier. In the winter this can feel even more like there’s no separation between the two. Setting a time to ‘clock off’ from your emails each day is important for your wellbeing. Once you’re done, try to do something you enjoy like exercise or a creative hobby.
PLAN THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TOO
Winter usually brings the excitement of party season but with that changing this year it’s important to find ways to stay connected to the people you love. Whether that’s an evening of virtual cocktails with friends or grabbing a takeaway coffee with a relative, having social events in the diary (that are allowed within your current tier) is important for your overall morale and wellbeing.
DON’T BE HARD ON YOURSELF
Things aren’t ‘business as usual’ for any of us right now, so it’s not surprising at all if some days feel hard. Be kind to yourself if you’re struggling to find your focus or feel low at points. Staying in touch with your work friends and other people who make you happy will really help lift your spirits. Remember they might be feeling the same, so check in with people regularly to ensure they’re OK, too.
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