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Dealing With Stress From Home

Thursday, August 13, 2020 Natalie Salem

The past few months of adjusting to our different world during the pandemic have been full of stress; whether you’re an essential worker coming into the office, working from home, or not working at all. The first few weeks were somewhat relaxing and a bit of a break from the normal monotony of our everyday working lives, but I know a lot of us are getting tired and ready to see some faces back at work. It can be very difficult to deal with stress while you’re working from home. Many people have their whole family’s home as well as trying to juggle homeschooling/childcare, working full time, and housekeeping. You can get overwhelmed very easily; I know I was! Here are some helpful tips to keep yourself as stress-free as possible while working from home:

  1. Have a designated workspace where you can close the door and have a quietness to think and work.
  2. Find specific activities or chores that you can have your kids work on to occupy themselves for an hour or so to get your work done.
  3. Set ground rules. I know it was beneficial in my household to set rules about when I need to have a set time to work, who is responsible for what during the day, what your schedule looks like, and how daily tasks will be handled.
  4. Be organized – setting a schedule and your daily task/objectives list will help you stay on track and ease your stress while working from home
  5. Don’t be too hard on yourself – we’re all going through challenging times now and some days you just need to take a break. If you need a break to just breathe or take a quick walk, do so. This will help decrease your stress and will in turn help your productivity as well.
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