Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 virus outbreak is officially a global pandemic, so many of us are either choosing to self-isolate or have been quarantined to help reduce the spread of the virus. This means you’re doing everything from home, including work, which is a new experience for many.
Add to that the constant overflow of information, the alarming news, the panic of thinking about unlimited isolation and scarce resources, etc., and anyone can feel anxious. However, your work from home doesn’t have to be source of anxiety. Here are a few tips to help you manage your anxiety while working from home, so you can be truly productive and take care of your mental health!
1. Create a Work Space for Yourself
Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have your own work space. In fact, you need it so you can truly focus during your work hours without being interrupted. This is true for spouses and children as well, since they’ll also be working or studying from home, so everyone should have their own space.
Move furniture around or re-purpose rooms or areas. Just make sure your work space is clean, clutter-free, bright, and spacious enough for everything you need. It should also be pleasant, so make it your own with scented candles and decorations. The more you enjoy your space, the more productive you’ll be.
2. Have a Schedule and a Routine
Structure is extremely important when you’re working from home and part of that structure is following a schedule and a routine. Set up work hours for yourself and let everyone else at home know so they can respect that time. On the other hand, a routine will help you organize your time effectively.
I recommend you follow your usual daily routine: go to bed and wake up as usual, have your meals as usual, exercise, help your kids with school work, do chores, and give yourself time to unwind.
3. Don’t Work in Pajamas
Dressing how you usually dress for work will help you get into the mindset a lot easier. If you don’t want to wear a suit, just choose a nice, comfortable outfit. The point is: don’t work in your pajamas! When you roll out of bed, shower and wear something different. Also, don’t neglect your looks. Keep your hair clean and styled, wear makeup, perfume, etc.; you’ll feel better.
4. Turn to Video Counseling When You Need It
Having someone to talk to about your issues is key. You need to take care of your mind, so you can always turn to video counseling when you need it! There are many licensed psychologists and mental health counselors that will help you via HIPAA-compliant video chat platforms.
I’m a licensed clinical mental health counselor myself, and I provide video counseling for adults. I specialize in anxiety treatment, so please don’t hesitate to schedule a call with me whenever you feel like your anxiety is overwhelming! Remember we’re here to help.