With working from home and virtual living infiltrating our lives more and more, and Zoom meetings becoming the new norm of connecting. It’s hard to not get a little tired of constantly being online. As someone whose job it is to be online a lot, I can tell you first hand that being on the computer at all times can get exhausting. Which is why I have developed some tips over the years to help give my mind and brain a break from consuming so much online information. Whilst I still need a reminder to do some of these things. I find that when I follow my own advice and tried and true practices. Being online constantly feels a little less stressful.
- Connect with nature: Whether you have a plant at your desk, or take the moment during work and meetings to go outside. I cannot stress the importance of connecting with nature enough. My husband will be the first to tell you that I often have to convinced to go outside. Especially now with COVID being such a big reality. But one thing I do try to do is have some sort of the outside in my home. I also make it a point to go outside at least once every two days.
- Follow accounts and people that inspire you: You ever find yourself scrolling through your instagram or facebook feed and feeling completely deflated and like you are somehow failing? I know I have. With the rise of influencer culture, its safe to say most of us follow at least one influencer in our lives. Which has its perks but can also be draining and soul crushing. Especially if the people and accounts you follow make you feel inadequate instead of nourish you and help you grow.
- Talk to real people: I still remember the days before I met my husband how I would sometimes go a whole week without seeing or actually speaking to a friend or loved one. Having that contact is not only important for your mental health but also is a good way to reconnect with what is important. Whilst COVID has meant some of us still can not meet up as much as we like. Even a chat with a neighbor or someone in your “safe circle” is crucial. Whilst talking on the phone is one way to go. Having actual physical contact is even more important where possible and safe.
- Have a switch off period: We all have a weeks or days when work just feels like a never ending long nights. But if you having days and hours when you can step away from work is important if not vital for your performance and other spheres in your life. One way to disconnect is to set a time when you wont check work emails, take calls or do anything work related. Another good way if you find this difficult is to do is to switch off your computer and cellphone all together.
- Practice self care whilst working: One of the perks of working from home is the ability to stay in your pajamas all day, and pretty much look like you want. One thing I like to do on days I am not feeling particularly motivated is to apply a face mask while I work. Another go to is to soak my feet in an epsom salt bath while responding to emails. Or my personal favorite, getting my squats in while I am on calls.