Where previously we may have had worries and anxieties when it comes to work, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused many of us to have more stress than usual. Whether it is financial pressure, a shift in work duties, or other anxieties as a direct result of the pandemic, we need to ensure that our mental state is healthy. Our mental health plays a vital role in the results we achieve at work, therefore it should be seen as a priority in our lives.
The year has just begun, which makes it is the perfect time for us to put strategies in place that will help us balance our work-home life to ensure a healthy mind. Here are four tips to help you achieve just that:
1. Have a schedule
Having a schedule will help you plan out your day/week/month, and will give you more peace of mind than just taking things as they come. It will help you organise, which will help decrease any anxiety you may have.
2. Take regular breaks
It is okay to take breaks. In fact, it is vital. Taking regular breaks during the day will give you time to breathe, recollect and energise yourself. Even simply taking 5 minute breaks when you feel overwhelmed will give you space to relax, which will yield better overall results for you.
3. Make time for things you enjoy
On your tea or lunch breaks, do things that make you happy. Whether it is listening to your favourite music, or talking to your loved ones, or enjoying your favourite meal – do something that will temporarily take your mind off your work. Realise that your happiness is important, and that you cannot give your best at your job if you are not making it enjoyable for yourself.
4. Set reminders
Remind yourself to take breaks, or to think of things that make you happy. Set reminders of important dates and deadlines to remove the pressure of having to remember everything. Remind yourself that you are more than your job, and you matter. Remind yourself to show compassion and patience towards your struggles as you are only human.
5. Talk to someone
If you are fortunate enough to have someone at your place of work that you can talk to, then do so. Whether that someone is a supervisior, HR Manager or colleague – make time to speak about your stresses and frustrations. If you do not wish to speak to someone at work, schedule an appointment with a therapist every now and again.