With more employees working and living in the same place and some juggling home-schooling and childcare simultaneously the feeling of burnout is becoming ever more frequent.
Here are our top tips to help you improve your wellbeing whilst facing the ultimate juggle of home and work life.
1.) Flexappeal – Have that conversation with your boss! Due to the changes in our circumstances flexible working is proving more popular now than it’s ever been. Having to home-school, parent and teach are simply impossible to do within the hours of a normal working day. If your boss is willing to try flexible hours ie fill the hours when you’re able, this should not only increase your own productivity but let you breathe a little, but also improve your mental wellbeing. If flexible working is not an option, then perhaps you could look to improve your working space so you can continue to dip in and out of your work while being close to your children in order to supervise them. Having a set workspace really helps.
2.) Stretch and breathe. It’s not always easy to find time to do a full on Joe Wicks workout during the day and by the time evening comes round we’re often too tired! Help combat that anxiety and slow your mind down with a good stretch and deep breathing exercises. There are many online resources available to help you reset and clear your mind. Free apps including Headspace and Hypnosis are recommended.
3.) ‘Meet’ for a cuppa and chat. Working from home, you might find yourself talking to people less regularly – but that doesn’t have to be the case. A quick video chat with work colleagues, clients … you name it. Be social! The most useful thing for me so far has been jumping onto virtual meetings with my new team. Video is one of the most useful tools at our disposal for keeping engagement up and morale high.
4.) Fresh air. If you can take a break outside during the day. A great way of clearing your head and keeping the line between work and home as clear as possible, as well as getting some much needed movement and fresh air. A few minutes walk self perception and self esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.
5.) Know when to stop. Working from home, it’s all too easy to blur the line between work and home. “I’m almost finished, I’ll just keep going”, and before you know it it’s three hours later. Gareth started setting himself an achievable task list every morning so he knew when to switch off, rather than getting sucked into his screen and losing track of time.
6.) Avoid too much negativity. It’s easy to spend time reading through articles from various (and some very questionable) news sources. Choose to limit your time and sources to try and avoid the scare mongering—allowing you to still keep up to date, but also stay as positive as possible so you can focus on what really matters.
7.) Streamline essential household tasks. A simple one but it’s amazing how household chores can rally get on top of you and with the added pressure of home-schooling sometimes even the smallest tasks suddenly feel impossible. Simple solutions including a meal planner for the week and decluttering your home so less tidying up can really help your anxiety. One less thing to worry about!