For many of us, when we make the decision to work from home, it is because we believe that it will be less stressful that working in an office environment. And in some ways, this is true. You aren’t commuting, you don’t need to deal with office politics, and you can set up your environment exactly as you like it.
However, working from home has its own stressors. For one, when you work from home, you tend to put in extra hours; it is easy to tell yourself the extra time you have by getting rid of your commute can be put to extra work, and since there is no one else calling it quits at the same time, you tend to just keep going. But this is just one aspect that makes working from home stressful.
So should you switch back to office life? No, but it is important that you find ways to manage stress when you work from home. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can do this.
That big stressor we mentioned above? Eliminate it. If you left a 9-5 job, you don’t need to now be working a 6-5 job. Set a start for your day and an end for your day, and stick to it.
When we don’t schedule, we tend to let certain things take over. We become consumed with cleaning and neglect family time. We veg out on the iPad and decide to order food rather than cook something healthy. Schedule everything and hold yourself to it.
For many adults, the workplace is where they make their friends. So when you work from home, you lose this. This is a stressor that tend to build over time and isn’t as obvious as the others. Be sure to stay in touch with friends and find ways to make new ones so you don’t feel so isolated.
Finally, stress will be there no matter what, so you need to find a way to relieve it. A great way is to just get moving. For quick bursts of movement, look into the Sworkit apps, which offer workout options that are as short as 5 minutes.