It’s hard to imagine that there’d be MORE work to be done after you’ve already managed to work successfully from home, but I learned that I really needed to put more work into my mental health and my friendships while being quarantined. I haven’t seen my friends or shared a meal with anyone outside my family in well over a month now. We have all missed out on spending time with the people we love and we haven’t had the ease of decompressing the way we’re used to.
I can’t be alone when I say that, sometimes, working from home can be mentally draining. I created a list, suggested by one of the articles, with the “pros” of working from home. I can’t say it was easy, because it wasn’t, but I can say it was eye opening. The list is supposed to put things into perspective for you and help you stay positive. I can vouch for that. More importantly, the list made me feel grateful. I am grateful that I have a place to stay safe, I have work to be done, and that my loved ones and I are healthy. I am grateful right now and I have been since I began making these lists after I finished my daily work.
Every day, I get a text from at least one of my friends telling me how they miss getting together and we talk about how we all miss one other. I really do. Maintaining my friendships and my mental health sort of go hand in hand. They ground me and remind me that we are all in this together and will be able to hug each other soon. They remind me that I have such a strong bond with individuals outside my immediate family, that they are more than just my friends- they’re my family too. We FaceTime and laugh about times before all of this happened, times we spent together talking and enjoying our freedom. We remind each other that we’ll get back there at some point, even if it feels like this will never end.
I know that we all have house chores to be done, so I do everything that needs to be done around the house after I’ve finished with my work and chat with friends. After I wind down, I get some chores done, I help my mom around the house, and then I just chill out.
I think it’s super important to have a healthy balance between work, home, and self to make sure one of the three doesn’t fall behind. Keeping your mental state healthy at a stressful time is important when you’re experiencing these new life habits and vice versa.
Again, people are different, so not every method or piece of advice will work universally. I think these have all really helped me make the best of my time and hopefully others, too.
If you’ve got some WFH (work from home) life hacks that have been working for you, let me know in the comments!
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