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Work from Home Wellness During COVID-19

Many people are working from home to help limit the spread of COVID-19. This adjustment can be difficult, and lead to feelings of isolation, frustration or anxiety that can impact your mental health. Here are some tips to help you manage your work-life balance, and stay productive while working from home:

Set yourself up for success

Find the most quiet, comfortable, and well-lit place you can to set up your home work area. Put everything you need nearby so that you don’t need to constantly hop up to find a report, get supplies, etc.

Establish boundaries

Communicate the day’s meetings, deadlines and important tasks with your household, and have them help make space for you to be productive during those times. Use household objects to send a “do not disturb” signal, such as wearing headphones (with or without playing music), to avoid interruptions.

Maintain a routine

When you’re away from the workplace, it’s important to set specific hours and stick to them. Maintain your “get ready for work” routines: wake up at the same time every day, take a shower, get dressed, etc. Keep as much of your non-work life as it was before the pandemic; eat well, exercise and get fresh air.

Practice self-care

Self-care is any proactive activity that we do to take care of our mental, emotional and physical health; and it’s the key to improved mood, reduced anxiety and a good relationship with yourself and others. While so many normal activities are disrupted, take some time to practice gratitude, eat healthy, get enough sleep and maintain or start an exercise program.

Cherish children

If you have children at home due to school closings, helping them make sense of what is happening in the world will help you process the situation too. Kids of all ages are as vulnerable as adults to feelings of anxiety, stress, and sadness. Be flexible to accommodate your workload as well as your children’s needs. Try to plan the day so kids have set activities and a schedule that is aligned with yours, so you can all be productive

Take breaks

Hitting the pause button throughout the workday can be good for productivity. Get up and stretch, take deep breaths and look up from the computer at regular intervals. Remember to eat, and check with your supervisor for breaks and mealtimes.

We don’t know how long this will continue, so maintaining a healthy work-life balance will be important. If you need additional support during this time, please reach out for help. A list of local mental health resources is available on our Behavioral Health webpage.