Seven Tips For Working From Home During the Coronavirus

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Seven Tips For Working From Home During the Coronavirus

Here are ways to make working from home a little bit more manageable, whatever your circumstances may be right now during the coronavirus pandemic. Below are seven tips for those who have had to make the transition to working from home during quarantine.

           1.Create a workspace

Having a designated workspace helps you focus and be productive. If you do not already have an at-home office, be sure to work at a desk, table or create a specific place you can always work from at home during quarantine. Moving around to various areas is shown to not be as productive.

          2.Stick to your schedule

If your work hours are not set for you, be sure to set your own schedule/work hours. Stay well-rested and not throw off your sleep cycle. Just because you are at home more often does not mean throwing away structure and a schedule or it will affect your health, sleep and happiness.

           3. Get dressed

As tempting as it is to stay in your lounge clothes, this could harm your productivity and motivation. Get ready for the day as if you were leaving for work as usual. This will boost your mental health and make you more productive. You don’t have to super dress up but make an effort so you feel better about yourself and present well if you go out or do Zoom meetings.

          4. Get outside (while social distancing)

If you have the opportunity to step outside for fresh air or go for a walk daily, do it. Going outside can help with stress relief, concentration, and overall mental health after being cooped up inside.

          5. Lunch break

Prepare healthy food that you like in advance so that you can have your lunch break as you usually would at work. This will help you stick to your schedule and keep you feeling good throughout the day.

          6. Set boundaries

Because you will be working from home it’s crucial to set boundaries with friends and family during your work hours. Make sure whoever is at home with you knows when you are working so that you can be distracting free and create a work-like environment. Therefore you can be as attentive as you would be at a normal job. Be creative. Set up a tent outside and make it into a really cool office to work in, or something else equally fun and creative.

          7. Do something fun

Now that you won’t be commuting to work for a bit you have some free time you can use to do something fun. Take advantage of not having a long commute and make it YOUR time. Use this extra time to prepare a proper breakfast, finally start that new hobby, listen to a podcast, practice self-care, or whatever else has been on your to-do list.

Stay safe,

Sharon Valentino, MA, ChT, CA LMFT, Psychotherapist, Behavioral Health
Calif. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC51746
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About Valentino Therapy

Psychotherapist (California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), artist, animal lover, SF Giants fan...I write mostly about daily life and psychology matters, concerns and disorders and how to get help or help yourself. I write about life and often laugh at it but I also write about very serious matters that affect our lives. I'm a psychotherapist (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) with a speciality in addiction, anxiety, depression, achievement, relationships and several other areas, which is work I particularly enjoy but the nature of it requires that I also enjoy other creative and physical pursuits. Personal: I love animals beyond a reasonable measure (reptiles excluded).
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