Managing stress while working from home

by Ofentse Sefolo
Managing stress while working from home

Working from home can be stressful even on a good day – add a worldwide pandemic to that and you have a recipe for an overwhelming situation.

The new pressures and stressors that come with working from home are now a reality for many. Technological issues, the inability to access all the necessary files and information needed to complete a project and even the issue of how to manage your time when not in a traditional workspace can lead to anxiety.

Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Feeling overwhelmed while working at home can present itself in many ways. You may feel that you are constantly on edge and overreacting to even the smallest things, thinking about work all the time and being kept up at night by thoughts about work. It could also present as feeling anxious or depressed, as a lack of focus and procrastination or as headaches, muscles aches and stomach aches.

While it may seem like there is no end in sight, there are many strategies to help to reduce the overwhelmed feeling. In fact, as soon as you identify these signs, you should address them in order to avoid the severe mental and physical effects of prolonged stress.

10 effective ways to deal with overwhelming feelings at work
1. Make a to-do list in the evening of all the things you need to do the next day. Try to keep your list attainable with just 3 – 5 items. Do not worry, there is always the next day for anything that is not finished.
2. Stop multitasking and focus on one thing at a time. Once one task is complete, move on to the next one.
3. Learn to delegate and ask for help when you need it. Good delegation skills can go a long way in decreasing stress from work overload.
4. Keep your work area tidy to help minimise stress from clutter.
5. Turn on some calming music to help relieve anxiety.
6. Take breaks throughout the day to give yourself time to recharge. Whether it’s a short 5-minute break or an hour long break at midday, giving yourself a mental and physical breather can help greatly if you are feeling overwhelmed.
7. Confide in other people about your problems and work stressors. Share your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust to help take the load off.
8. Do not forget to keep moving and engaging in physical activity, regardless of how easy (and preferable) it is to stay sedentary. Go for a run, or even a walk to help boost your mood and relieve anxiety.
9. Make sure to socialise to avoid feelings of stress that result from isolation.
10. End your day as you would at the office by shutting down your computer, signalling to yourself that the workday is over.

Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, worried you are moving that way or just looking to relieve some everyday stress from your job, these tips can help you relax, recharge and reduce anxiety while working at home or at the office.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Advesa for the information contained in this article. For more information, visit: https://blog.advesa.com/culture/overwhelmed-at-work-how-to-manage-stress-while-working-at-home/

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