The lifting of lockdowns has created space for us to think about the impact of the last year. This Mental Health Awareness Week, curatd. - along with our friends and peers - takes some time to reflect on the lessons learnt and challenges yet to be faced in the world of home and blended working.
Lockdowns might be lifting, but for many, home or blended (office and home) working will continue to be the norm. In fact, forecasters predict that, by the end of 2021, 25-30% of the world’s workforce will still be working from home multiple days a week. For some, this is great news - a chance their work around their lives; for others, it brings fears of isolation as well as increasing concerns that ‘working from home’ will start to feel like ‘living at work’.
Wherever you fall on that spectrum, as curatd.’s Operations Manager, Nicky, points out, setting boundaries will be key to avoiding burnout and setting a healthy balance between work and down time. The easiest way to do this? Incorporate exercise as work breaks: “Finding new routines, such as going for a morning walk or bookending your days with online exercise classes can help your mind transition from home to work or ensure you don’t keep on working past working hours.”
Physical cues are another great trick for this, allowing your brain to create a distinction between your “work” and “rest” modes: “Treating your home working space as a real office is also important, so get up in good time, have a shower and get dressed in work clothes - at least from the top up!”
If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s mental health, or are simply looking for ways to boost it, head to MentalHealth.org.uk for a whole host of inspiration and resources.
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