Wow or Woe of Work From Home
March 19, 2021
March 19, 2021
When the pandemic hit in 2020, life came to a standstill. Everything was so sudden and all of us went on auto-pilot to help fight the deadly COVID-19. What felt initially as a boon, later on, turned out to be one of the causes of Depression and Anxiety. In this article, we will explore the various facets of work from home and share some effective strategies to help take on the New Normal.
Let’s take a sweet stroll down the memory lane not so far ago when working from home meant less tension and more relaxation. No commute, No wearing formal attires, no long meetings, and no TGIF’s. We embraced the new normal by following the viral trends on social media – be it trying out new dishes like dalgona coffee, dusting our musical instrument, or setting up calls just to speak with your friends and family, we did it all.
Work from home was in practise even before the advancement of technology, in the medieval times people would set up craft and trade focused shops in their homes, these homes were architecturally designed to accommodate designated work spaces for people to earn their livelihood as well as spend their earnings on their near and dear ones. Thus, work from home hasn’t been an alien concept after all.
Soon, wives started doing home business and marketing from their homes. Be it selling home products or setting up a grooming/beauty space has also clearly indicated the onset of work from home culture. In the 1990s, after the internet revolution, India got a breakthrough as western countries outsourced most of their processes to India. This was a milestone in the work from home culture.
Prioritising important goals for each day will help bring some clarity on what needs to be worked on. Using the 80/20 rule can help in understanding what are the goals that require your attention, while the rest trivial enough can be broken into smaller chunks with realistic timelines.
I am certain that by now all are a “Pro” at saying Am i Audible? Continuous virtual interaction had adverse stress to the eye. Keeping this in mind, try to take phone calls instead of zoom meetings whenever you can, this allows you to relax and focus on the task at hand.
Although this is easier said than done, try to organise your day effectively. Make a to-do list for both and prioritise on one goal a day. For eg: send a mail to peter / get the laundry done today. By specifying what needs to be done helps our mind to work around the timelines accordingly.
Yes, take a mini vacation every now and then. This helps you rejuvenate and come back stronger with a fresh perspective. Even having a digital detox day will suffice. Go to parks or take a nature walk, try infusing a little bit of what you love at least once a week.
Do what makes you happy, I know this sounds cheesy, but it really works. Set up a simple routine to take care of yourself and by this I do not mean taking care of your physical well-being (grooming, pampering etc) but also including a mental health self-care routine (checking on yourself once a while, connecting with your soul through yoga, meditation etc)
You do not have to overburden yourself with additional responsibilities at work. As long as you are able to complete what your role entitles effectively, that should suffice. If you feel burnt out or stressed, it’s better to let your manager know so that you can recoup and re-energize.
Presenteeism has far more ill effects when compared to people who take the time off and come back to work. So use your casual leaves and take mental health day breaks.
Ensure that every once in two you get up from your seat and hydrate yourself. Do some simple stretches that help you deal with back and shoulder pain. Progressive muscle relaxation techniques are very helpful in this regard.
If you feel stressed and tired most of the time, there could be a lot of underlying concerns that are left unattended. Speaking to a therapist will help us understand how to cope and channelise these concerns.
A. This is very common and the back pain is usually stress related. Speaking to an expert can help you address these concerns effectively.
A. Yes, taking the first step towards taking care of yourself is the most difficult and challenging, however, attaching a personal goal to it will help you stay motivated and consistent.
A. You could click on the link above and it will direct you to the psychologist’s page, scroll through and pick your psychologist and get started on the beautiful journey of discovering yourself.