Working Remotely During COVID-19: Maintaining Your Health & Wellness
January 15, 2021, 2:49 am
An unforeseen change occurred in 2020 for many employees, as they quickly shifted from routines of working in bustling offices to isolated desks within their homes.
The Center for Workplace Mental Health provides practical tips on taking care of one’s mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 challenges individuals may face while working remotely.
Keep a Regular Schedule: Create and maintain a routine and schedule. Set up a designated space for you and each family member to work and learn. Don't forget to include periodic breaks for recharging in your schedule.
Stay connected: Stay connected with family, friends, and support systems using technology like FaceTime, Skype, Google Hangout and other video-based options. Talk about your fears and concerns with people you trust. Chances are they are feeling the same way.
Keep your immune system strong: Make sure you practice self-care and give your body the energy it needs to keep you healthy.
- Get enough sleep
- Eat well and stay hydrated
- Take daily multivitamins
Prioritize personal hygiene and limit contact with others: This is imperative to avoid spreading the virus. For your reference, here is a previous blog on steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Exercise and stay active: This is not only good for your physical health, but also your mental health. Periodically, get up and move around your home. Walking, stretching, planks or jumping jacks—whatever works best for you to reduce or alleviate stress and increase endorphins. While our favorite gyms and fitness centers are closed during this time, many are offering free livestreams or app-based workouts for members and the general public, so check online to see what's available.
Get fresh air: If circumstances allow, go outside for a brisk walk and fresh air, but avoid crowds and try to maintain the recommended 6-foot distance with others.
Stay informed: Knowledge is power, and it's good to stay updated on the progress being made in combatting the virus. Stay informed on the latest updates from reliable sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Limit media consumption: Avoid continuous exposure to news, media, and social media that may trigger or elevate anxiety, stress, or panic. Stay informed by following few, authoritative resources, but limit media consumption.
Distract and redirect: Engage in activities that benefit your well-being, bring you joy and distract you from existing challenges. This might include meditation and yoga, often offered free online. You may also enjoy journaling, reading, art projects, cooking with new recipes, breathing exercises, or listening to a calming podcast or music.