Four suggestions for improving your mental health while working from home.
It is easy to overlook our mental health in these challenging times. This is not only because we might be too busy or because it seems like there are more urgent things going on in the world right now, but also since the activities that previously helped us recharge might either not be possible at the moment, or they might have to take a different form. However, this is not to say that mental health is any less important than it used to be before. If anything, the current lockdown should remind us even more of why it’s so important to treat mental health and wellbeing as priorities.
This might sound easier said than done. So, let us clarify what we mean by prioritising mental health and wellbeing. In this article, we aim to transform this into a process that is easy to follow, by dividing it into three dimensions. We hope that our suggestions will come in handy regardless of whether you are currently working from home or you do not have the option to do so fully.
It is easy to overlook our mental health in these challenging times.
1. Create a routine
The one aspect that is at the heart of preserving our wellbeing while working from home is sticking to a nurturing routine. This will make it much easier to follow any of the other suggestions presented in this article. For most of us, sticking to a routine includes having clearly delimited working hours during weekdays, and dedicating a time frame for relaxation and recreation. In other words, making as much of an effort as possible to respect the office working hours, without falling into the trap of working from home non-stop.
2. Mental wellbeing
The first dimension of wellbeing is the mental one. As previously mentioned, maintaining a good mental wellbeing is closely connected to maintaining a balanced routine. Having breaks, for instance, is an essential aspect of it. In terms of recreational activities, we suggest engaging in somewhat creative ones, such as reading, listening to music, or adult colouring books. If you would like to know more about breaks and creativity, check out our other article here. Additionally, incorporating meditation in your daily routine is another very effective way of ensuring an improved mental focus and better stress tolerance during work1. Keep in mind that there are different meditation methods designed for different purposes, so you can choose what works for you best.
Sticking to a routine includes having clearly delimited working hours during weekdays, and dedicating a time frame for relaxation.
3. Physical wellbeing
Our physical wellbeing is just as important as the mental one. In fact, they are often interconnected. Exercising is essential for maintaining our physical wellbeing, and this could also be easily incorporated into a routine. For instance, going for a walk at lunchtime is a great way of getting some fresh air and having a break. If you consider yourself more of a morning person and if you would like to start your day in a way that ensures your mental and physical wellbeing, then a home workout in the early hours might be the choice for you. Alternatively, you could have an evening one, in the same way that some people prefer to go to the gym at the end of a workday, for instance.
4. Consider your environment
Lastly, there is a connection between interior spaces and our wellbeing. Natural light, for instance, has been proven to reduce stress and increase satisfaction. For this reason, you might want to make sure that you allow as much of it as possible into your space. With the right balance of bright colours, decorations and plants, you can make the most of your space in a way that supports your mental health while working from home.
In these crucial times, our mental health and wellbeing are essential to help us cope. By maintaining a routine and taking into consideration both the mental and physical dimensions of wellbeing, we can adjust our daily activities in a way that is meaningful and suitable to the home environment. However, it is important to remember that we are all doing our best to adapt to an unexpected situation that keeps changing. So, do not be too harsh on yourself if you can’t keep it up every day, and, if things get too overwhelming, know that it is sometimes more productive to just have a break.
If you would like to know more about the link between interior design and wellbeing, or if you are wondering how your space might be affecting your own situation (for better or for worse), then get in touch with us. We would be happy to help you with the process of redesigning your home in a way that supports your wellbeing while working from home.