How to look after your mental health while working from home

The global pandemic, an unstable jobs market and the isolation of working from home has meant we have had to adjust to new ways of living and working. There are some perks to working from home that some of us can enjoy, but feeling stressed, bored, anxious and uncertain is also completely normal. We can all take steps to improve our own mental health by building our resilience and acknowledge your own self care.

For many of us work forms a massive part of our lives so it is not surprising that any changes could affect our wellbeing. Human connections are more important than ever as we continue to work remotely, here are some tips for supporting your mental health and feeling connected while working from home.

How can I help myself and those around me while working from home?

The work life balance. Many workers find it hard to switch off mainly due to the removal of the commute to a physical office location. However put a reminder in your diary to take a break and encourage your team to do the same.
• Get moving. Whether it is indoor or outside, this will help maintain your physical and mental health, you will feel more awake and alert, and your concentration and sleep will improve.
• Establish new ways of working – Trial and error will help you find out what ways of working works best for each individual.
• Get connected. Check in with your team regularly whether it is by video calls, check ins between managers and their teams, Q&A sessions for colleagues to chat through any concerns or any other collaborative platforms to connect with one another.
• Make your team aware of support organisations – There are numerous charities and organisations that can offer support with your mental health while we continue to work from home. Keep your teams informed on how they can get in contact with them.
• Set and stick to a routine – Working from home can be very challenging and isolating, but a structured day can be a good way to address this. Designate a place to work that is free of distractions. Scheduling exercise and throughout the day are paramount to maintaining your energy levels.

For more advice on how to look after your own mental health and supporting colleagues while working from home –

Mind’s online community ‘Side by Side’ 

Hospitality Action’s COVID-19 wellbeing hub

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