In this post, I will share with you 7 tips to survive working at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Are you wondering how you’ll ever survive the COVID-19 stay at home order? Do you find that no matter what you do, there is always something else that isn’t getting done? Is chronic anxiety and/or depression getting the best of you?
Working from home is a challenge for sure. But even with the kids thrown into the mix, there are definite coping strategies that you can put use to make things a lot more bearable. Below find some ideas:
1. Take frequent breaks
Don’t stay chained to the laptop or whatever you’re using. Every half hour or so (or every time your computer starts “thinking”), get up and move around. Get up and pet the dog. Have a mini dance party with your kids. Stretch your muscles. If you have to use the potty, get some extra steps in and climb the stairs to the upstairs restroom.
2. Balance computer with non computer tasks
This is seriously how you work from home, get most of your to-do list checked off and not lose your mind. Stand up, throw in a load of laundry. Go back to PC and type a few sentences. Sweep the kitchen, put dishes away. Sit back down and send an email.
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3. Give your eyes a rest and a workout
Too much screen time will do terrible things to your eyes and vision. Make sure that you break away and use the gift of your sight. Focus on objects near and far. Close your eyes and cup your palms over them while doing some mindful breathing. Get out and drive, even if you have no specific destination in mind. It’s good for your long distance vision to survive coronavirus pandemic. Do activities, like backyard sports, that engage your peripheral vision. This badminton backyard set is perfect to set up some backyard sport with your family.
4. Do yoga every day
Yoga and stretching in general are extremely important for reversing the effects of too much computer use. Hunching at the keyboard is terrible for your posture. Poses like cobra, upward dog and camel pose reverse that. Find a good yoga mat and a yoga video to engage your core. Sitting at a computer greatly weakens the core, but it’s fixable. Do yourself a favor and get one of these ergonomic chair to work from home. Screen time also affects our mood. Yoga, when done right, greatly improves it.
5. Go out into the sunshine
Your hormones and immune system need natural light, not LED light. Follow the sun… head outdoors for short breaks throughout your day. Bring your laptop outside on a sunny morning, this way you’re working but in a favorable natural environment. If you want some covering for the sun, I like this sun hat which also provides perfect shade and protection to the face.
6. Be intimate with your partner
You have a great form of stress relief in each other. Be intimate every day, it’s natural and necessary. Most of your stress levels will go way down if you take some time to enjoy each other’s company. You’ll feel great and turn your mood around. A massage to end the busy day also eases the stress of being stuck at home indefinitely. Not sure where to start? Check out this beginner massage book to learn the skills.
7. Practice mindful connection
Make an effort to have conversations where people ask questions and look at each other for more than a minute or two. Think a lot about what family members are saying. Pay attention to body language and engage in sustained eye contact. Take content based conversations back into the real world. If you find funny one-liners on a website, don’t just forward. Memorize the jokes and share them with your kids. Have them do the same.
These are just few of the many ways to balance home, family and work life under one roof. Try them all… it’s likely that even amidst the chaos, life will improve and you’ll be so happy that you did and survived Coronavirus Pandemic.
You may also be interested in these posts:
- 6 Tips To Stay Calm And Focused During Time Of Pandemic + Freebies
- How To Be Productive Working From Home
- How To Stay Connected When Working Remotely
- 8 Ways To Work With Kids In The House
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Are you used to be working in the office with other colleagues but now need to work from home? What challenges do you have and how do you resolve? Share with your comment below.