They say if you don't have your health, you've got very little. I have to add; by neglecting your mental health, there's so little you can achieve because it affects how you think, feel, and act.
When you start working from home, you mostly feel very focused because of fewer distractions. But if lately you've been feeling stressed, bored, lonely, or having uncertainty and anxiety, these are signs your mental health needs a boost.
Have you been taking time to reflect on your mental health and improve it?
If the answer is yes, kudos! If it's not, don't worry, this is fairly common with most entrepreneurs, especially solopreneurs who commit lots of hours to their businesses. It has happened to almost every one of us at some point. However, I've got to say you've been missing out on the biggest productivity and effectiveness booster any entrepreneur can get - but that ends now.
Because in this post, we reveal to you the best ways to improve your mental health working from home, so keep reading.
Let's kick things off.
1. Improve Your Workspace and Environment
If you don't have a dedicated workspace, start by creating one because it helps you to stay focused. Avoid working in your bedroom or jumping on the sofa with your laptop. If you have a dedicated workspace, you can improve it or arrange it to recreate your office's environment.
Some inexpensive ways of doing this include
- Setting up your desk space properly and decluttering it. No desk? Why not use a table or worktop. Also, get a decent chair to maintain good posture
- Using a desk lamp or opening your window to get natural light and fresh air
- Ensuring there's little or no noise. Soundproof the room
The above will boost your mental and physical calmness which results in higher productivity.
2. Take Breaks
An extended period of confinement leads to what's known as "cabin fever", and it affects your mental health. It easy to find yourself working long hours when at home and forget to take enough or long enough breaks, but you should.
Set reminders for every hour, and go for short 5-10 minutes breaks. Schedule longer ones after a few hours to make a coffee, go for a bike ride, or a walk. Outdoor walks help lower blood pressure and stress hormones, while fresh air and sunshine are both great.
By concentrating on another activity during your breaks, you'll feel more focused when you get back to your work desk. What's more, what you gain mentally makes up for the 30 minutes you think you've wasted in the long run.
Pro Tip: Take a proactive approach and tell anyone you're working with when you'll be away from your desk. This removes the need of having to be at your desk every time
3. Connect With Other People
Connecting with other people does not only uplift you, but it improves the mental wellbeing of other people. As an entrepreneur, I can understand that since you're the one running your business, you might not have a lot of colleagues to connect with. And since working from home denies you the chance to meet and talk with your clients directly, you might be feeling lonely and isolated.
You need to start socializing virtually through video calls. If you don't have the time to plan all that and miss the social aspect of talking with other people about life, work, events, and more, don't be gloom.
Try Cafecito (free); it schedules digital coffee breaks for you where you get connected with professionals and other like-minded entrepreneurs working from home around the globe. Everything is streamlined for a seamless experience; it's very secure and saves you time.
4. Stick To A Schedule And Separate Work From Home Life
Set a regular start time, and finish time for your workday. Flexibility is the biggest advantage of working from home, but if you let the boundary between work and your home life become blurred, you won't get enough rest and sleep to be fresh for the next day. In the long run, your mental health suffers. Even worse, it could affect your relationship with your children and partner.
By creating a routine and sticking to the set schedule, you benefit in two ways
First, you get to utilize your hours well, eliminating the urge to work late into the night.
Second, It keeps you mentally prepared for your daily goals and makes achieving them easier. You're also not going to get easily distracted from your work.
An excellent way to create a clear divide between your workday and home is shutting down your computer and work apps such as slack. And please also get out of your home office.
Pro Tip: If it a requirement, you must-check in even after work hours; rather than doing so continuously, assign short periods for this.
5. Set Time For Exercise And Meditation
Get up and move! Sitting all day isn't healthy; make sure you stand and stretch during work hours. And because you no longer commute, start having morning and evening workout sessions (20 to 30 minutes).
When starting your day, incorporate relaxation techniques such as meditation in your morning routine. Exercise and meditation both lower your anxiety levels and boosts your brain. Beyond that, exercise boosts your happiness and energy hormones, i.e., endorphins and serotonins which positively affect your mood.
6. Eat Well and Hydrate
Food affects your mood. What's a better time to cut out junk and unhealthy foods than when working from home?
Your home is where you can easily plan healthy balanced meals; those with lots of vegetables and nutrients. Best part? No strange stares because of your food choices. Eating a well-balanced diet improves your hormones, giving you a feeling of great emotional wellbeing.
When sitting, you dehydrate a lot, especially if it's warm. Have some bottles of water in your home office to stay hydrated. Extra water helps keep you physically and mentally healthy.
Pro Tip: Install a mobile app to remind you to hydrate during works hours to ensure you take the recommended 1.5 to 2 liters/day
Ensure you always take time to reflect on your mental health to spot any hint it's declining early enough to make the necessary self-care changes.
By using the above-given points as a checklist to support your mental health, you'll be able to say bye-bye to mental health suffering as you adjust to working from home. Remember, keeping in touch with other people can make a huge difference; make sure you try out Cafecito if you haven't.
Any thoughts, comments you’d like to add. Also, which tip will you implement first? Let us know in the comments section below