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6 Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance at Home

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We’ve passed the one-year mark of the Covid-19 pandemic. You may have thought this health crisis would only last a couple of months and be behind us already. Our usual 9-5 routine has turned into creating makeshift offices at our homes and integrating our children and personal lives into one space.

Some of us have realized that we need more time spent on in-person (face-to-face) social interactions with peers. Others have wholly embraced working from home and do not plan to return to the office setting. Either way, changes have been made, and we all have had to adjust to this new normal. If you’re a remote worker who’s finding the line between work and life getting thinner and thinner, try making small changes with the tips below.

Simple Tips for Maintaining Balance Between Work and Home

  • What does balance at home look like?
    • Balance while working from home looks like isolating your spaces and doing your best to separate work from personal life. This means creating a space for work and allowing yourself the opportunity to step away from work when needed. If you have a small space, start by purchasing a room divider. This will help create the illusion of distinct areas, so you can set apart work from home.
  • Try these when stress is running high.
    • Physical activity-take walks, ride a bike, and get fresh air. Physical activity and fresh air are essential when you have been sitting at a desk all day. Step outside, look at the sun and take some deep breaths; this helps bring a state of calmness before going back to work.
  • Feeling down during work? Play your favorite tunes.
    • Music often is a mood booster. Hearing a song you love can easily life your spirits. Play your favorite jam and groove to it when you can. Use the rhythm of music to get your heart pumping!
  • Call your favorite co-worker or friend.
    • Sometimes it’s helpful to vent and unload. Talk with your co-worker to share your feelings or frustrations about your day. If you do not want to call your co-worker, try your best friend.
  • Close your laptop when you’ve finished your work or need a break.
    • It is important to set a time for breaks, lunch, and completing your workday. While physically in the office, employees have scheduled coffee and lunch breaks, so this routine should continue, even while at home. Remember to close your laptop once you’ve completed your tasks for the day, don’t keep work open and visible during your time off work. Do your best to end the workday when work is complete. Remember-burnout is real, even while at home.
  • Take your sick days. Mental health is essential.
    • If you are not feeling well mentally or physically, take the day off. You know when you have reached your capacity and need a day to relax. It’s okay to walk away from the desk and prioritize rest. In fact, we encourage it. A healthy well-rested mindset will enable you to do your best work.
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