It’s the topic on everyone’s minds right now – but how can working from home affect our mental health, and what can we do to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves?
Mental health is something that most of us have had an experience with at some point in our lives, one way or another – whether this is a personal experience, a relative, friend or colleague.
While working from home and being in isolation for a long period of time, taking care of our mental health is more important than ever. It can be difficult to identify any particular mental health stressors that may trigger during this time of uncertainty, but we’re sharing our advice on maintaining good mental health while being at home.
An essential part of good mental health is staying physically fit and healthy. Make sure you are following the Government advice and getting some fresh air once a day – this could be just a walk, a run or simply standing outside and having a breather. Fresh air provides you with clarity, some time to breathe and be at one with yourself and help to clear your mind after a busy day.
Eating well also has a benefit to not only our bodies, but our minds. While it may be difficult to get your hands on everything you usually eat, there’s still plenty of quality fresh food, fruit and vegetables, so do try to maintain a balanced diet where possible. (Watch out for our healthy tips and recipes that you can make for breakfast and lunch.)
Don’t put too much stress on yourself
When confined to a space, and our own company for long periods of time, it can be very easy to overthink and allow your workload to get on top of you. Don’t place too much stress on yourself as it is easy for this to spin out of control, so set out a realistic to-do-list or goals that you can achieve each day.
Get into a routine
A routine is also hugely beneficial for us while we’re working from home, as it allows your mind and body to have a sense of normality so stick to your usual patterns where possible. Getting enough sleep is vital for our wellbeing, as it not only revitalises you so you’re fresh and ready to tackle the day ahead, but it also helps to regulate the chemicals in our brain that transmit information. Having a great undisturbed night’s sleep enables you to start the day positively.
Allow yourself time to unwind
Do something that you enjoy, at least once a day. This could be exercise, reading, crafts or even learning a new skill, but it’s important to switch off and allow your mind to have some downtime.
Open University have a number of courses free to access, so why not put pen to paper and try something new? You can view a full list of their free courses here.
Speak about your feelings
Most importantly, if you’re feeling lonely or overwhelmed, make sure you talk to someone. Staying connected is what really helps to maintain positive mental health. Whether you speak to a family member, friend, colleague or even use a helpline such as Samaritans, being open about your feelings helps you to deal with any stressors in your life that you may be encountering.
If you need to speak to someone, Samaritans are available 24/7, simply call 116 123 for free or email firstname.lastname@example.org.