4 methods to avoid stress while working from home

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For many of us, life is full of it. Full of stressors. Not a second goes by without something bothersome dropping. Something that just ruins our day. Whether it involves people or things, life is one stressful occasion.

Relationships can be stressful. For instance, marriages or parenting can throw a thing or two that will cause many of us sleepless nights. There are many days when many of us are awake for the most part of the night, when we can’t seem to make ends meet; that season when relationships suffer.

That period when nothing we do seems to measure up to what everybody imposes on us as a measure of being responsible. Add to that, the issue of pandemics that forced us to rethink and, perhaps, reshuffle our working lives. We have, for the first time, been forced to work from home.

Based on what we know about homes, the issue of working from home came as a shock. For many people, going to work means escaping the pressures of being at home.

Now, working from home, in the midst of all that pressure, can be unnerving. Yet, we can’t keep running from the fact that working from home might become our way of life in the near future.

So, it would seem that it is necessary to, at least, look into some methods that have been adopted by some people as a way of coping with stress as they work from home. Let’s explore the four (4) methods below that can be readily adopted.

According to SkillsYouNeed on Dealing with Stress as a Remote Worker;

The way we work is changing. Not all jobs are 9-5 office days anymore. Approximately one in five people telecommute every day for work. Many successful companies only have remote teams with no office space at all- and it’s no surprise why. There are multiple reasons why businesses are opting for remote work: reduction of costs for renting office space, environmental friendliness, and the opportunity for staff to have a more flexible lifestyle.

For many people, the idea of remote working came owing to the issue of Covid-19. Companies have had to relocate staff in order to help in flattening the curve of the spread. The health issues surrounding this season called for radical shifts in the way we do work. For some companies this may be a long-term arrangement. Noted in SkillsYouNeed, “Both managers and employees face a different set of challenges when working remotely”.

Suggested methods of coping and/or avoiding stress while working from home include, as highlighted by SkillsyouNeed:

  • Creating routine and defining boundaries: having a separate office space away from you family can help. If you don’t have space, going to a local library or cafe to create a boundary between work and home can be beneficial.
  • Discuss issues face to face: if you feel workload is getting too much, talk to your manager.
  • Take a holiday: as a remote worker, it can be tempting to take your laptop on holiday with you to stay in the loop at work. Many office workers wouldn’t do this, so you don’t need to either. When you have a holiday, make sure it’s a holiday and you disconnect.
  • Make time for social interactions: whether it’s your workmates or not, spending time with people offline is important… This can curb the sense of loneliness associated with remote working.

In conclusion, taking some online courses on stress management can also be a smart investment.

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Teboho Polanka
Teboho is a Social Worker, Writer and Inspirational Speaker. He is in pursuit of MSc. in Managerial Psychology. Graduates are able to apply psychological principles and methods to tackle challenges in the work environment and provide effective practical solutions. Acting as industrial-organizational psychologists.