9 things you can do to tackle work from home anxiety
A year and a half ago, when working from home became the new post-pandemic normal, many of us secretly rejoiced in getting that kind of privacy and comfort. But over time, we quickly realized that the WFH was not all of these.
Along with comfort came a different set of challenges that no one had ever anticipated. And with that came the stress and anxiety that no one was really prepared for. So, in case you are looking for ways to reduce anxiety around WFH, here are a few things that can help.
1. Create a routine.
Let’s say you’re not the most disciplined person, even then the least you can do is create a morning routine before you get down to business. It can range from slowing down your mornings and enjoying your coffee to a quick and energetic schedule until the moment you start working out.
2. Always set aside time for lunch.
It’s no secret that food is food, and without it we can’t think clearly or feel better. In addition, taking this time to eat and consciously making the choice to stop worrying about a task at work will help you return to work with better concentration.
3. Try to create a work area.
Even if you don’t have the kind of physical space to set up a desk and chair, try to create a nook or place for yourself at home that you can still sit and work in. Make sure it is comfortable. This will help you to stay focused and not slack off, and therefore not have a job waiting which could lead to anxiety.
4. Take a break.
Take a break outside of lunchtime. It could mean just stepping out onto your patio or porch to sip a cup of tea. Again, this can help you break free from work-related stress and anxiety. Especially if you get some sun. Because it helps increase serotonin levels and balances your brain chemistry.
5. Try to go on work appointments.
Working with others will help you feel less isolated from the outside world. And it will do a lot for your sanity. And if public places are causing you social anxiety, you can choose a good friend or favorite coworker to work with from home.
6. Make sure to move.
Try stretching out and maybe even pacing your room or patio. Because the real conversation, working from home is literally like being tempted by your bed to take a nap. Now, naps are great, but the anxiety that comes with being late for your job isn’t.
7. Set healthy limits.
Not setting limits with the people around you leads to burnout incredibly fast. Whether it’s setting boundaries with your family, roommates, kids, or coworkers, you need to know what and who to say no to, and when. Make room for yourself by prioritizing tasks and letting go of the things you can afford to let go.
8. Do the tough things first.
Whether it’s finding a project, creating that PowerPoint presentation, or creating a report, try doing the hardest part on your to-do list first. This way you can end your day with ease and will not carry any residual anxiety around dinner time.
9. Make time for the people you love.
Make time for the kids in your family (unless you don’t like kids, which is totally fine), your parents, siblings, and friends. Take the time to stay connected with them. Being forced into isolation that no one has signed up for can mean you will have to go the extra mile to connect with your people. Do that. This will help you regulate your brain chemistry. Prioritize the people who make you feel safe and loved.
These may not work for everyone, but we hope you can get something from them that inspires you to create your own tools and habits for a better WFH experience.