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With the Covid-19 epidemic getting more severe by the day, governments around the world are delaying the opening of workplaces. Many companies are adopting working-from-home (WFH) measures, but people unfamiliar with such working styles might not take very well to it.

As such, I will like to offer another opinion on how one should manage WFH measures more effectively. Take note that this is a continuation from my previous post, so I shall be naming my opinion here as ‘Insight 2’.

Insight 2: Mental Health Shouldn’t Take a Backseat

Now, this is a difficult period for everyone. We are all going without the things we need – face-to-face contact with our families (if you are staying away from them), reduced socialization activities with friends, and restricted movement around the community. At some point, life becomes demonstrably harder to enjoy without these things, and we’re all struggling to cope with that.

Other than that, WFH is not as easy as it seems. I am sure many of us would have realized by now how hard it is to maintain boundaries between our professional and personal lives when we WFH. As our afternoons blend into evenings, and weekdays blend into weekends, many of us started to have difficulties distinguishing ‘work-time’ from ‘rest-time’. Especially since we are at our homes – our refuges for respite – 24/7 now, the physical boundary between work and life is literary gone. All these add up to us having little sense of time-offs, making us even more stressed than usual.

Given the possibility that this situation might continue for months to come, life ahead seems bleak. Yet it is precisely during such times we have to take better care of ourselves. There’s nothing shameful to admit that you have to take respite for your mental well-being. Ultimately, you know yourself the best – thus you should know what’s good for your health.

Taking care of yourself can be something very simple, like having a cup of coffee and a snack at 3 p.m. every day. Or maybe you like reading in the middle of the day – then do it as much as possible, provided that you don’t fall behind your work too much. Personally, my favourite method is this: work in ‘pockets’ of time not more than 30 minutes to 1 hour, and take 10-15 minutes breaks in between. This allows me to get recharged throughout the day, without feeling overwhelmed by all the work I have to complete. So, go ahead, and make full use of the privileges you have now to maintain a healthy mind and body.

Remember, you might owe your employers work, but they don’t get to decide what’s good for you. Of all things, mental health shouldn’t take a backseat when you WFH. Take care, stay strong, and have faith that we will survive this together!

Interested? Stay tuned for my other insights on how you should make your WFH experience more fulfilling!

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