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8 Ways To Stay Sane While Working From Home

Many of us have found ourselves working from home during this Covid-19 pandemic. We have created our routines of waking up early, getting dressed, driving to work, and socializing and we have now all-too-quickly shifted to a stagnant routine of working at home. This can cause for us to feel stir-crazy and to struggle with focusing on the tasks at hand.
Below you will find that I have provided 8 methods to keeping your sanity while you work from that solitary and lonely work space.

1. PLAYING
I work hard. We all do.
So when I look outside and see that the weather is great, I feel no guilt about taking the soccer ball outside and kicking it around with my daughter for a few minutes. It’s a welcome release and doing something physical gets me out of my “work” head. More often than not, I come back to work refreshed, relaxed and ready to tackle the next big task.

2. WALKING THE DOG
Having a dog forces me to take daily breaks that I might not otherwise take, and that’s a very, very powerful benefit. It gets me out of the house, and while I don’t know if I’d call my leisurely strolls exercise, they certainly make me feel better.

3. HAVING REGULAR CALLS (EVEN WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TO)
To me, hearing another person’s voice helps me feel like I’m not the only one in the room.
And while we have weekly team calls sometimes that’s not enough.
So I schedule calls to connect with other team members. It helps me build my network and learn from others, while giving me the benefit of actually connecting with other people while I sit at home.

4. SLEEPING WELL
There’s been so much written about the value of sleep, and anecdotally, there’s no doubt in my mind that when I have a good night’s sleep, I’m happier and more productive than when I don’t.
I also know that when I spend all evening working, I sleep much worse than when I give myself time to wind down and relax. That’s why I disconnect around 7PM: disabling push notifications on my phone, closing my email client and stopping myself from checking Twitter “just because.”

5. LISTENING TO MUSIC
There’s hardly a time when I’m working that Spotify isn’t on. Like many people I know, having light background noise helps me focus, and it’s a lot more fun than working in silence.
Some of my favorite Pandora stations to work to are 90’s R&B, Bob Marley, Maroon 5, Kings of Leon, Adele, Shawn Mendes, Bruce Springsteen and Sia.

6. EXERCISE
Just like sleep, the benefits of exercise have been discussed ad nauseum.
What I’ve found to be most is to pick something you actually enjoy; if you hate running, why force yourself to run? You’ll be less likely to make it a habit if you don’t look forward to it. You’re better off playing tennis or basketball or doing something else that makes you happy.
I actually enjoy walking with the family, so that’s usually what I go with.

7. STRETCHING
This is probably the simplest, easiest thing I do that helps me stay sane while working from home.
It’s also probably something that many people at offices feel less than comfortable doing.
Every hour or so, I step back from my desk and spend five minutes doing stretches. I like how it makes my body feel, but it also helps to have something that keeps you from overworking by building breaks into your day.

8. FAMILY TIME
With an 18-year-old at home my breaks usually involve cuddling and watching TV. However, if you have a small child you can bring out the blocks or big trucks. Refresh your mind while letting them know that you still want to include them in your day.

Not all of these tips will be interesting or useful to you.
But it doesn’t take 8 tips to make an impact. Pick 2-3 that you could see yourself doing, and work on making them regular habits.
Whether you work from home or in an office, I hope this helps you feel better and get through your day in a more productive and positive way.

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