Mental Health and Working From Home

Michael Towers
April 27, 2020

Although this isn't something we asked for or even could of imagined 6 weeks ago, it is our reality. I wanted to share with you some suggestions to take care of your mental health while working from home. Remember, this too shall pass!

Physical arrangements for working from home

  • We understand it may not always be possible to have a separate workspace in your home. If possible, try and keep your working area feeling separate, so that you do not feel work is taking over your home. Clear your work things away at the end of the day, so it’s clear that your working time has ended and there is a clear separation.
  • Ensure your working from home arrangements are working technically e.g. you can access phones, the internet and any systems or hardware you need to carry out your work, letting your boss know if there are technical issues.
  • Take regular breaks and do some form of physical activity
  • Try to minimise distractions from others in your household, whether pets or family! If possible, shut the door during periods of work or ask others to respect your working time and need to concentrate.

Stay in touch

  • Communicating with colleagues is crucial, it helps to overcome feelings of isolation which can lead to poor mental health.
  • Look for ways to experience community like virtual happy hours.
  • Check-in with your friends and loved ones. When we focus on others we feel better inside and we don't focus on our own issues.

Stay healthy

With so much uncertainty and the change to normal working patterns, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour, which in turn can make you feel worse. There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically healthy during this time such as:

  • Take regular exercise
  • Spend time doing things you enjoy – this might include reading, cooking, gardening, other indoor hobbies like listening to the radio or watching TV programmes
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
  • Keep windows open to let in the fresh air, get some natural sunlight if you can, or get outside into a garden, if it’s accessible
  • Limit the amount of time you look at the news.

Seek help if you are struggling

  • Please contact your boss if you need help.

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