Looking after your mental health at work is vital. Let’s start by looking at how you approach working from home.
The Splitpixel team have been hybrid working since 2020, and we’ve learned a lot about staying healthy (both physically and emotionally) while working from home.
Here are our updated tips for working from home to help you feel connected, stay productive and look after your physical and mental wellbeing.
#1: Review your working environment
It’s time to have a good think about how you’ve been getting on. Do you have everything you need (equipment, software etc.)? Your employer should provide you with the necessary tools to help you work from home.
Most importantly, are you comfortable? It’s reasonable to ask your employer for help if you need access to any specialised equipment, like back support for your office chair or a monitor stand so that you’re sitting correctly at your computer. Your wellbeing should be a top priority.
#2: Schedule in some face time
Being away from the office means we see each other less. And while we joke that it’s been a blessing, we’d be lying if we said we weren’t all missing each other terribly. Thankfully, we check in twice a week on a videoconferencing app that allows us to see each other’s beautiful faces while we discuss (mostly) work related things!
#3: Take advantage of new technologies
Now is an ideal time to explore your options and discover new applications or tools that can help you work more efficiently within your teams and from home. From web design to social media management, the Splitpixel team are always adapting to incorporate effective new apps and software to help us stay ahead of the game, from Airtable for collaborative content management to Slack for sharing our work screens, memes and day-to-day project chatter.
#4: Work up a sweat
Making time for exercise not only helps you stay fit; it helps you sleep better and can be beneficial for your mental health and wellbeing. There are plenty of workout videos online that you can do from your living room.
#5: Look out for each other
It’s far easier to spot if someone is having a bad day when you’re sat across from them in the office. But working from home can make it difficult to identify when a work friend is having a tough time. Checking in on your colleagues for a quick chat can make a world of difference.
#6: Make the most of your work benefits
If you do feel like you need extra support, check to see if you can access any healthcare or assistance programmes through your employer. Many businesses sign up to these employee assistance programmes to allow their employees to quickly and discreetly access the help they need.
You might find you can access online counselling or phone appointments, which may be safer than venturing out to see your GP. There are also mental health helplines you can call if things start to feel too much. Find out more on the NHS website.
#7: Cut yourself some slack
Yes, it’s important to stick to your schedule. No, you won’t always get it right. The most important thing right now is for you to look after yourself! There is nothing wrong with binge-watching a Netflix series, kicking back with a few snacks and a cosy blanket to enjoy some quality ‘you time’. But try to maintain a good sleeping pattern and work in some wholesome, healthy meals too.
It can be especially difficult for those with children who are trying to maintain the separation between work life and home life. If you can, rearrange your working hours to allow time for teaching, exercise and play – but set clear boundaries for the times where you need to focus on your work. (Again, refer to the advice above and make time to chill out!)
It’s about time we all started to be a little kinder to ourselves, don’t you think? Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week.
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Written by Ren James
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