Managing Stress While Working From Home
Stress is a natural part of our daily lives, and even moreso when it comes to work. Many people tend to believe that working from home carries a lot less stress than the average office job. But this is a common misconception. Although you have the luxury of being able to wear pajamas while working from home, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your day will be more comfortable than those who work in offices.
In fact, working from home can actually exacerbate work stress, due to the blurred lines between work and home. For example, many people find themselves to be easily distracted at home, and then feel stressed out about working on their downtime. At home, there is no figurative clock to punch out on at the end of the day. And this can definitely take a toll on your stress levels.
A whopping 87% of workers worldwide are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive. Managing your stress is all about taking control – taking control of your emotions, your thoughts, your environment, your schedule and the way you deal with problems.
The ultimate goal is for you to have a balanced life with time for work, relaxation, relationships and fun in addition to being able to meet challenges head on and hold up under pressure.
When we face challenges and pressures, it’s important to look closely at our habits, excuses, and the emotional disconnect that comes from them. Frequently people will say things such as:
- “I just have a hundred things all happening at once.”
- “I’m just a nervous person with lots of energy, I can’t sit still.”
- “Things are always nuts around here; it’s just like a zoo!”
We all need to take control of the role we play in holding onto stress. If we don’t do that, our stress level will continue to spin out of control. Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress in their lives, but we have short-listed a few favourites from others working Medical Transcription:
Write It Down
A good first step is to start a stress journal. This can help identify what causes you stress and how you can deal with it. Each time you feel stressed, jot it down in your journal. By keeping a daily log, you will begin to see patterns. Things to write down in your journal:
- What caused your stress? Make a guess if you aren’t certain.
- How you felt at the time, emotionally and physically.
- What your response was, how did you act?
- What did you do to make yourself feel better?
Does it feel like you have a mountain of tasks you just can’t see over? Writing down your to-dos is a great way to visualize them and break them down to manageable pieces. Managing stress is all about taking control. By breaking your day into smaller tasks, writing them down, and checking them off as they get done, you will feel like you have more control over your day.
Make Positive Changes
When it comes to stress, we all know there are many unhealthy ways to manage it. Many people resort to eating too much, eating too little, smoking, or oversleeping. It’s important to find healthier ways to cope with stress, and this involves creating positive changes. Since we all handle stress in different ways, what works for one person may not work for another.
Here are 3 positive changes that you can make in your life to reduce stress are:
- Adopting a healthy lifestyle. Find some time to fit in some exercise, working up to 30 minutes at a time, 3 times a week.
- Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and staying hydrated.
- Maintaining an adequate amount of sleep to fuel your body and your mind. If you are too tired you will feel more stressed as you cannot think clearly.
Make some time for yourself, laugh often and remember some things are just out of our control. We can’t fix everything, but we can learn to manage things better. Like they say, “keep calm and carry on!”
Do you have any special ways of managing stress while working at home? Let us know by leaving a note in the comments below