It’s been nearly two weeks since I was forced to start working remotely. Even if I wanted to go into my office building, security guards would have stopped me the second I entered the lobby.
The good news for me is that I don’t actually mind working remotely. I thought I was going to hate it at first because not only did I think I was going to have a difficult time remaining productive, but I was also going to have to deviate away from my regular daily routine.
I am the type of person who loves routine and structure. Generally speaking, anytime I stray away from my daily routine, I begin to have a minor anxiety attack. As I’m sure you can imagine, this is what I thought my first few days of working remotely was going to look like; nothing but work and anxiety attacks.
Surprisingly, though, I have managed to keep myself relatively sane. Not only have I successfully found various ways of staying sane while being stuck at home, but I have also began to realize that working from home maybe isn’t so bad after all.
And because life is so full of uncertainty at the current moment, I decided to completely throw myself outside of my comfort zone. I decided to pack up work remotely from the beautiful small town of Midway, Utah, some 1,200 miles away from my office.
5 Keys to Staying Sane While Being Stuck At Home
As unfortunate or fortunate as it may be for you, it looks like we are all going to be stuck at home here for a while. Don’t drive yourself crazy to the point where you make your home an unpleasant place to be. Use the follow tips for staying sane while being stuck at home.
1. Create A Clean Space Around You
Cleaning may seem like the last thing someone would want to do (trust me, I hate cleaning), but the truth of the matter is that having a clean space around you can be good for your health. It can help to give your mind a sense of clarity while also helping to remove clutter from the environment you are in. The less clutter you have both around you and in your mind, the less stressed and overwhelmed you will feel.
Do some laundry, clean your living room, wash your bedding. Doing these small tasks can honestly make the world of a difference. Not only does cleaning protect against the spread of illness, but it also makes being cooped up in your home a lot more pleasant.
2. Allow Yourself to Take Frequent Breaks
If you are working from home, allow yourself more time than usual to get up and move around throughout the day. If you are surrounded by family or roommates, go outside for a bit and get some fresh air.
Just like it isn’t good for your mental health to bottle your emotions up inside of your mind, it’s also not good for your physical health to keep yourself cooped up all day long without giving both your body and mind a chance to unwind for a bit.
Whether it’s going outside for ten minutes, taking a little extra time for lunch, or going for a small walk, just make sure you are getting up and giving yourself a break.
3. Try to Get Out and Move Your Body
Even during isolation, it’s important that we find ways to stay active. Physical activity isn’t just important for our physical health, it also important for our mental health.
If you have open space — a yard, a park, a safe sidewalk — why not get out and move around a little bit. If you are stuck in an overcrowded city, try doing an at-home workout.
Every morning, I have been waking up a little bit later than usual, but still early enough to get in a quick three-mile run in and a small body-weight workout before I have to get started on my work for the day. By waking up early to exercise, not only am I avoiding other people, but I also feel as though I am remaining relatively healthy. It feels good to get outside for a run and get some fresh air before the day starts.
Just because you are told to stay away from other people, it doesn’t mean that you need to give up your physical health in order to do so. If anything, that might be worse for your immune system than actually going out and interacting with others.
4. Wake Up and Set Goals For Yourself
One thing that I am doing to keep my sanity during all of this is still setting goals for myself. The last thing that I want is to feel as though I am being unproductive as that would just make me feel down about life and how I am using my time.
When you wake up in the morning, write down some of the things that you want to achieve throughout the day. Don’t make today just some random ordinary day. Give it a purpose and a meaning by setting meaningful and attainable goals for the things that you want to accomplish.
If nothing else, start working towards your goals and your dreams. Use your time to do work that you find meaningful.
5. Communicate and Connect With Those Closest To You
There are two main reasons why it’s important to communicate:
1. If you are surrounded by others, it helps to build a peaceful environment. It doesn’t do you any good to bottle your thought and emotions up inside of you until you reach a breaking point. If that time comes, you won’t have anywhere to get away to where you can release your thoughts.
2. If you are feeling alone and isolated, calling those closest to you whether it is your family or friends can help you to feel connected. Try doing a virtual coffee date or happy hour, or even just give someone a call so that you can hear their voice.
Either way, communication is key to staying sane while being stuck at home.
The real perks of being stuck at home have come from bring able to spend time with those who I love the most and feeling this sense of happiness and stillness. The last few weeks have forced me to slow down a little bit and accept the fact that it’s okay to give myself some time to relax. This isn’t something that I would normally do.
I went into this whole isolation not knowing how I was going to make it through the first week without driving myself crazy. The truth is, though, I have actually enjoyed working from home far more than I thought I would. These are some of the tips that I have used to help me in staying sane while being stuck at home, and tips that I think will help you out as well.
Give them a try and let me know if they work for you!