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Adapting to Flexible Working to Improve Mental Health

Looking back to when Covid-19 struck, we were all dictated to work from home.

Let’s be real, no matter how social or outgoing or extroverted you are, we all prefer the split between home and office when it comes to work. However, working for long hours, feeling isolated and lonely, being unable to switch off from work and feeling unsettled on your performance are some of the snags that come with it. Let’s have a look at some of the ways that can help you adapt and take your performance at its peak when working remotely.

Have a structured plan for your day

Even though you will be working from home, you can create a timetable with a start and finish time just like how you would be doing it at the office. In your timetable, you can have breaks and time reserved just for exercises or meditation to keep your mind focused and reduce your work stress throughout the day. This will help you to hold a firm boundary between work and your home life and let everything run as smooth as butter! Well not entirely smooth… but you get the point 😉

Find a tranquil environment for your workspace

Let’s get this out of the way first… Avoid your bedroom. Studies show that working from home can easily draw you into the “world of dreamland” when that snuggly comfy bed is looking straight at you. Instead, you can find a place with less noise and distraction, somewhere you can think straight and have your head in the game throughout your mission of completing your work tasks.

Suggest/Participate in virtual meetings with your colleagues

This is key when it comes to flexible working. Take an initiative to participate in these virtual meetings with your colleagues and if they are not part of your company activities, you can propose and take one for the team. These meetings will help you have that social connection and keep that positive relationship with your work colleagues. This will in turn help you with your stress levels and ensure you tackle problems together as a team. After all, team work makes the dream work.

Initiate project “see the outside world”

Sometimes we might be swamped with work and we try so hard to do everything so we can  meet the deadlines. This is good but can take a toll on your mental health if not executed correctly. You need some time off for yourself, go outside and take a walk or call your buddy and go for a cuppa to catch up. This will help you detox and clear your head to relieve all the work pressure and stress. These small things are being brushed aside but they are very prominent to our mental health.

Focus on the comforting prospect

Working from home saves you a lot of time and energy, from commuting to dealing with difficult colleagues which gives you a greater sense of control over your workday. It can also help increase your productivity, lower your stress levels and improve your work satisfaction. Have this in mind and stay on the positive side!

These are just a few of the factors that can help you cope with flexible working to improve your mental health. Here are others that you shouldn’t forget and still have on your list:

  • Spend more time with your family
  • Have your alone time to do the things that you enjoy
  • Exercising on a daily basis
  • Eating healthy

Flexible working is becoming the new norm

Try some of these tips that we have shared to take your productivity up to par like how it would be at the office. If you are someone who already experiences chronic mental health issues try to see a professional doctor who will advise further on how you can cope with it.

However, now that the pandemic scares have alleviated, businesses are starting to go back to working physically and some have enforced the hybrid work paradigm. This is not something new but it is now becoming prevalent. With this, we can now have an exquisite balance of not feeling tired working from home or working from the office. And always remember…Don’t be busy, be productive.

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