Beat the isolation blues
With an uncertainty to how long 'social distancing' will last here are a few tips to keep busy/ sane.
One positive of staying indoors is comfort can overtake fashion, getting to stay in your pyjamas or a cushty tracksuit while working is definitely a perk. A smart pair of matching sweats are also a good option if you are feeling well enough and need essentials.
Keeping active not only improves your physical health but also your mental health. It improves sleep quality, helps to control blood sugar levels and releases endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. It can also help to reduce any feelings of loneliness and isolation. Regular exercise can reduce your stress levels and symptoms of depression and anxiety.
In the office, there’s scheduled lunchtime, breaks and five minutes away from the desk to get a slice of birthday cake from the lady in accounts. It's easy not to take the time out to rest; from eating in front of your computer to staying at your desk for prolonged stretches, it’s easy to get carried away. Schedule time away from your computer throughout the day so you can refuel and reset.
Keep in contact
Even though you are working remotely, make time in your schedule to catch up with co-workers the same way you would in the office. Chat outside of the weekly conference call. Depending on your situation, you may not have much human interaction for the coming weeks, so pick up the phone and call your partner, a family member or a friend. if you have the option to video chat, just seeing their face may be the pick me up you need.
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