THE pandemic has opened doors to various employment schemes. While some grant the autonomy to set up shop where we feel most productive, it is still essential to take care of your mental health.
Boston University (BU) Employees Wellness experts understand that commitment can consume one’s own time, as well as physical, emotional, intellectual, environmental, social and spiritual well-being.
“Regardless of location and mode of communication, it’s important to prioritize your well-being,” the team noted. “Those who work remotely, hybridly or even both face challenges that require close attention.”
Following on from BU Employee Wellness is the Benilde Well-Being Center (BWC) of the De La Salle-College of Sint-Benilde, which expresses its appreciation to the general workforce who remain committed and passionate about their work despite the rapid changes in work measures .
Here are four points to keep in mind:
1. Maintain boundaries. When home is associated with work, it can be difficult to separate personal and professional time. Work-life balance, relationships and activities can be neglected by the extra time spent working. Set healthy boundaries by creating a structure. Put on and take off work clothes to differentiate working time. Set your business hours. Do not respond to emails when you are clocked out.
2. Make breaks a priority. Take 10 minute breaks. It allows the brain to rest and reset. It reduces the build-up of stress in a day. Stretch and walk. This reduces the physical strain of sitting for long periods of time. Quick meditation can make a big difference.
3. Avoid technical fatigue. The shift from in-person to virtual meetings (and vice versa) can cause eye irritation, exhaustion, and fatigue.
A Stanford study suggests reducing window size to reduce excessive amounts of close-up eye contact. An external keyboard and camera expands the personal bubble space. It also reduces the immobility caused by staying in the field of view.
You can use the “hide self-view” option to avoid looking at yourself during virtual meetings. Just turn off your camera every once in a while to get up and walk around. With only audio calls, you can take your eyes off the screen.
4. Take care of well-being. Develop and maintain healthy lifestyle practices. Exercise regularly. Practice work-life balance. Avoid negative outlets such as alcohol and drugs.