Working from home sure does have its perks. However, it’s like a double-edged sword. While some people see this type of setup as the best of both worlds, it can also take its toll on you when you have to do a lot of different things at the same time.
Below are some tips to help you fight off stress while working from home. We even divided the tips into three different segments to make it easier for you to pick out your priority at the moment.
Feed Your Mind
Working in front of your gadgets all day, everyday can build up stress that can lead to various health issues. To prevent that from happening, either stimulate your mind with other activities outside work or do other activities that can enrich your life while helping your creative juices flow.
Get that essential shuteye after a long day.
Don’t just lie down and expect to have a good night’s rest–be intentional about it. Set a fixed schedule when you’ll rest. Establish a routine around it if possible. If you need scented candles, warm milk, and soothing music to get you some great shut-eye, prepare these things ahead of time.
Schedule your indoor bonding time with friends.
With the technology today, you don’t even have to meet up just to stay connected. Schedule an online gaming session with them is possible. If you’re not the gaming sort of person, just a simple video call session to catch up will do. With lots of available online activities out there, you will never run out of options.
Read a book.
If this seems like a stretch, try reading one page at a time. It doesn’t even have to be a bestselling book or something with deep thoughts and thought-provoking content. It just has to be a book. The important thing here is to ensure you stimulate your mind to be more creative and to explore other concepts that you may not have thought about if you were just to go about your routine.
Get into journaling.
It doesn’t have to be the fancy bujo that everyone is raving about. You don’t even need to get a pen and a paper to do this. If you already have a blog, log your thoughts in there and publish away. If you’re not comfortable getting your thoughts out there, you can always jot them down in your phone’s notes. Consistently do this during the quietest part of the day for clarity.
Create a masterpiece.
You don’t even have to be an artist to get started. See all those adult coloring books? Why not give them a try. If you’re a bit into doodling, maybe try to draw some mandala art and color the spaces after. Aside from being an outlet of your stress for that day, you can even have more ideas on what sort of masterpiece to do next. Hint: Cooking dishes and creating music also count as masterpieces.
Feed Your Body
Feeding your body is not just about having a balanced diet and getting the right amount of exercise for the day or even the week. Remember that the main focus is to destress.
Get up and walk.
You don’t even have to count the number of calories lost or to measure your heart rate while doing it. The initial goal is to start somewhere, as far as your physical health is concerned. Get up every 30 minutes that you work and stretch. Walk for around 5 to 15 minutes to help clear your head in the middle of the day.
Have some tea.
No, not the gossip one, but the real one. It doesn’t have to be the fancy tea varieties. If you’re up for some green or black tea, go for it. Add a squeeze of lemon if you want to add variety. And who says that you can only drink your tea hot? Prepare an infusion ahead of time, pour yourself some tea on a tall glass, and add some ice and cold water–some honey or sugar as well, if you’re up for it. You may now enjoy some iced tea.
Get a well-deserved massage.
A massage can help promote relaxation. So, aside from caring for your sore and tense muscles after a long week of seemingly endless work, it makes for a great way to promote sleep. Book an appointment ahead of time for a hassle-free and stress-free experience while you’re at it. You’ll eventually thank yourself for the small but significant gesture.
Work on your breathing.
This may seem basic, but a lot of people actually ignore this. Once you feel the first few signs of stress coming on, pause for a bit and just focus on the way you breathe. Count to 10 or even 100, then get back on the thing that causes your stress. You got this!
Get all the natural light you can inside the room.
Natural light can help you regulate your sleep cycle. Thus, this can help improve the quality of rest you get during the night.
Feed Your Soul
Some of the tips below are not for everyone. If you feel it’s not for you, you don’t have to force it just to say that you’re “doing something for your soul.”
Grow some plants.
There’s something so liberating about getting and maintaining a plant in its peak condition even after a few months. If you’re not much of a plant person but want to liven up your work space a bit, get a low-maintenance plant. Ask your plant-loving friends about it.
Take care of a furbaby.
As previously mentioned, this isn’t for everybody but if you got the bandwidth, why not? If you can’t possibly take in furbabies at the time for some reason, consider feeding strays. Reach out to other people who may be interested in taking them in and you’ll end up hitting two birds with one stone–helping the furbabies while potentially enriching another person’s life.
Meditate during your downtime.
This has been a tried-and-tested tip time and again. If you’re having a hard time getting started, download an app or listen to audio files that facilitate meditation sessions.
Clear your work space.
Some people work better with a cluttered space. However, still a lot of people can’t. If you’re the latter, get started with spring cleaning. Too busy to do all the work? Start off small. Today, clear one of the drawers. The next day, get rid of all the bags of chips and candies on the table. Before you know it, you’ll be done within the week.
Diffuse those essential oils.
For starters, you may go for lemon, peppermint, or lavender. Each of these have different benefits to offer, so check these out and get the one that you feel will give you the most benefits. If possible, you can even get all three.
Of course, there are more things that you can do to destress. If they are not on this list, don’t fret and just do your thing. If watching the latest entertainment news in the Philippines is your thing, go for it. After all, what matters more than implementing as many of these tips as possible is ensuring that you’re taking care of your mental health. If nothing seems to work, consult a professional to help you sort out the possible causes and how to work on these.