So here are a few tips that approach working from home in a slightly different way to boost your wellbeing.
This is by far the most important tip to keep in mind. Social isolation is the very thing we are using to kill off COVID-19. Unlike COVID-19 however, mental illness thrives on social isolation. When people suffer from depression or anxiety, they tend to withdraw from society – to alienate themselves from others.
So apart from staying in touch with others as much as you possibly can, you have to keep a daily check on your mental health. A little anxiety or feeling a bit down is only to be expected, but if these moods persist, do something about it. This is the worst time anyone could choose to simply try and soldier on.
Share your feelings with friends, family or colleagues or, better still, contact your GP. Such mental health issues are no to be scared or ashamed of as you’d be amazed how many other Australians are feeling this way too.
Make sure to get out for some exercise every day (while adhering to the government’s restrictions). It will help you build resilience against mental illness and prevent cabin-fever. And when you do go out for your daily exercise, make a point of saying hello to people you pass in the park or the other side of the street. They’ll love it and be happy to respond with a happy wave. Just remember, we are allies not enemies, so go out of your way to inject some warmth. The more you do so, the better you’ll feel.
Stay flexible in your attitude to work. Yes, you have a business to run, but you also have people to live closely with for the foreseeable future. If your toddler wants to play or your partner wants to chat while you’re trying to master Microsoft Teams, think twice before telling them you don’t have time. The truth is you have all the time in the world, you just need to be flexible with it.