Remote work has become a part of our lives and for many has presented new challenges and new sources of stress. Let’s take a look at three things you can do to relieve stress associated with remote work and, in particular, the stress linked to the physical aspects.
- Make sure to move every hour
When we are remote, it’s easier to stay glued to our computers, but that’s bad for the body. Try to move once every hour, stretch, take a quick walk, and generally not sit for at least a few minutes. It will enhance your productivity and loosen the tension in your body.
- Keep your workspace separate
Not everyone has a dedicated room or space for their own home office, but it’s important to try and set clear boundaries for your work. This refers to the space – as a desk, table or room that is only used for this purpose, for instance. Set clear times as well and do your best to keep them. When work begins to bleed into your leisure and home life, it can cause a significant amount of stress.
- Minimize multitasking
It’s tempting to try and get everything done while working from home, but it increases our stress and makes us more harried. Try to focus on one thing at a time rather than doing many different tasks. Put everything that needs to be done in writing and schedule specific times to do your chores or run errands. This will help reduce your stress levels as well.
Alina Sidorova is a writer, psychologist and avid reader based in Mexico.