Working from home is no easy feat. Constant screen time can take a toll on your physical and mental health, and you may even have to find the right balance between doing work and attending to your other needs.
An article by Forbes recognizes that there is a certain irony to working from home. Although it might appear convenient, the line between work and home often gets blurred. This gray area can lead to longer working hours, which can take a significant toll on your overall wellbeing.
A feature on burnout published on HP discusses how workplace burnout is very common, with remote work being no exception. Under the shadow of the global pandemic, feelings of stress and anxiety only exacerbate this further. While it may be easier said than done, mindfulness is extremely important in mitigating burnout.
If the idea of mindfulness still remains abstract and conceptual, here is a basic guide to get you started.
Stick to a schedule
As we mentioned, there is a tendency to have a harder time delineating your work from your free time when you are at home. A post by Medium encourages remote workers to define their hours as much as possible. A usual 9-5 routine may work well for some people, but split shift schedules are also advised. You can devote a large chunk of your time doing work when you are most productive and capable, then squeeze in another hour or two after a long break doing what you need to do. It may take you some time to discover your optimal schedule, but once you do, you will learn how to be more mindful about sticking to it. Once you have fulfilled your hours for the day, be sure to turn off all your work notifications and shut down all your work-related tabs and applications so that you don’t get tempted to attend to them.
If you can’t fully commit to stepping away from your screen and having a stroll outdoors just yet, our UHD 4K videos are a viable remedy to help elicit a sense of calm during a hectic day. In between meetings and tasks, Uscenes videos, such as those with scenes of nature, can help ease your mind and mentally transport you elsewhere. As mindfulness has a lot to do with sensory perception, viewing tranquil scenery centers and grounds you, making you fully aware of your surroundings. Because it’s easy to take mindfulness for granted, having these videos on standby as screensavers serves as a gentle reminder to take some time off to take deep breaths and focus on what’s right in front of you. Spending just a few minutes meditating on these scenes can give you some much needed rest before heading back to work.
Get up and get moving
When you have established your routine, you can then factor in some time for physical movement. Physical movements boost endorphins and can consequently improve your mental health as well. BBC Good Food assures that even simple movements can be effective. If you’ve taken a liking to the mindfulness and relaxation videos you meditated with during work hours, you can use these again as you do some yoga stretches as they can help you gain some clarity while helping to relieve some tension. If you have a treadmill at home, you can even have a look at these scenes while walking, and pretend that you are actually strolling outdoors – until you can finally enjoy the outdoors once again.
Although it seems like an overused and lofty concept, mindfulness is your ticket to managing your work from home routine. With just a few tweaks to your lifestyle, mindfulness can carry you through the toughest of times.