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Tips and tricks for working from home during the COVID-19 crisis

Working from home has its benefits, but juggling work life and home life can take a toll on your mental health.
Working from home has its benefits, but juggling work life and home life can take a toll on your mental health.
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Many employees across the U.S. are now working remotely in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. While working from home has its benefits, it also has its challenges. Yes, not having to rush into the office daily is great, but lack of interaction with others and trying to juggle work life and home life in the same environment can start to take a toll on your mental health.

Thus far, it remains unclear how long the COVID-19 outbreak will last, so here are some tips and tricks for working from home.

Maintain a routine

It's easy to fall out of the flow of things when you can roll out of bed and fire up your laptop. Still, sitting in your pajamas staring at your screen all day may not only make your days feel mundane, but it may be challenging getting back into your old routine when everything returns to normal. So, continue with your routine.

  • Wake up at your usual time
  • Get dressed (they don't have to be work clothes)
  • Have your coffee and breakfast
  • Get your kids up and ready for the day
  • Stick to your workout routine

This doesn't just apply to daytime, remember to stick to your nighttime routine as well. Don't risk losing sleep because you have extra time in the morning. Remember, a good night's rest is vital in maintaining a healthy immune system, and given the current climate, optimal health is crucial.

Make sure you and your children get the rest you need by following your usual bedtime schedules, like brushing your teeth and taking showers or baths.

Get some fresh air

Things may seem grim now, but that doesn't mean you have to stay cooped up at home. Get out and get some fresh air. Take a break from your workday, grab your kids or pets, and go for a walk. According to Psychology Today, an estimated 1 billion Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency. Sunlight exposure increases Vitamin D levels and releases serotonin, a natural mood stabilizer. Of course, remember to exercise caution and to apply the six-foot rule as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Run your errands

If you have to make a trip to the store or want to get lunch, don't feel like you can't. Plenty of places are still open. If you're going to the market, wipe down the shopping carts. If you touch doorknobs or other objects, use hand sanitizer if you're unable to clean your hands properly. When you return home, wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 60 seconds.

Don't isolate yourself

Everyone is practicing social distancing, but that doesn't mean you have to shut yourself off from the world. Maintaining your social circle will make this difficult time less stressful. Check up on friends and family through call or video chat.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any conditions related to coronavirus. If you have questions or concerns about symptoms, please speak with your doctor.

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