Whether working from home, remotely, or in a traditional office setting, achieving work-life balance is something we all hope for– however, the work-life balance gets a little hazier when you’re working from home.
According to a study conducted by Digital Ocean, 52 percent of remote workers in the United States reported that they work longer hours than those in the office. Similarly, New York-based company NordVPN found that home-working employees from Austria, Canada, and Europe are putting in more hours than before.
My Pope Philippines talks to a psychologist to give you tips on how to maintain a better work-life balance while working from home.
Work-life balance tips: Keep Your Workspace Spacious
“A positive working environment includes satisfactory physical, social, and psychological resources or support,” Dr. Lucille Dote-Evangelista says.
Dr. Lucille recommends maintaining a working space that is spacious, clean, and well-ventilated.
She also adds the importance of maintaining a supportive and cooperative relationship with your co-workers.
According to Beck Technology, having a dedicated workspace at home allows you to focus, mentally gets you into work mode, minimizes distraction, and helps create a work-life balance while working from home.
Work-life balance tips: Try Mental Health Exercises
Of course, there are also mental health exercises for those working remotely, such as eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, meditation, yoga, reading, and planning activities per day to avoid overthinking.
“There are a lot of strategies or ways to stay mentally healthy. First is self-care, improving or maintaining time management, prioritization, and time-blocking,” Dr. Lucille explains.
She also advises avoiding answering emails and taking calls outside work hours.
Mental health exercises help reduce anxiety, depression, and negative mood by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.
Work-life balance tips: Seek Professional Help
Working from home for long periods of time can start to affect one’s mental health. Some common feelings you might be experiencing are: isolation, being unable to “switch off from work,” or having difficulty staying motivated.
When work stress escalates into bigger problems like burnout or insomnia, Dr. Lucille recommends seeing an expert.
“Those who experience burnout or experience effects of chronic stress may seek help from licensed counselors, counseling psychologists, and physicians. They may seek help online during this time of pandemic or face-to-face,” she adds.