Hey there, welcome back to your Working Wellness Wednesday post!
We’ve all been there…it’s Thursday. You’ve managed to yell at everyone on your team, your partner, your kids, and the dog and you are DRAINED. You feel so behind and overwhelmed and all you want to do is have a glass of wine and relax, but you can’t because you’re also working from home so what’s the problem if you just work a little longer tonight.
You’re thinking maybe if I had just said this one thing, or maybe if I had sent that email out sooner, maybe if I had just….well maybe if you just follow these 5 tips, you won’t feel that way every week.
Working from home, working in general, can be draining – especially when you feel like you’re in an endless cycle of trying to catch up and even more so when you’re not taking the time to check-in with yourself mentally and emotionally. One of my favourite quotes:
Because it’s so true! You can do anything you want, but you can’t do everything (but you can take care of your mental and emotional wellness while still working)
Here are my top 5 tips for managing your emotional and mental wellness during your workweek (especially if you’re working from home):
1. Set Your Intentions
Whether you do this Sunday night or Monday morning, setting your intentions for the week can really help you stay focused and aligned with your goals. This gives you a clear sense of direction, helps keep you on-target, and also helps you refresh your perspective whenever you start to feel overwhelmed.
Setting your intentions does not only apply to work stuff. Use this as an opportunity to establish a steady foundation for the week. This could look like making time for self-care, making time for family, turning your phone off after a certain time, etc. Your intentions are things that you fully set out to do and should be fully committed to.
Set your intentions early to set yourself up for success throughout the week
2. Timeblock Your Calendar
This might be more of a personal preference, but I cannot say this enough: TIME BLOCK YOUR CALENDAR! You can see how busy you really (or aren’t, you might be surprised) when you intentionally set time aside for certain tasks. All this means is to set aside time for the things you really need/want to get done. You can do this in your phone calendar or in your paper planner – does not matter. Timeblocking is known for increasing productivity and also efficiency because you are focused, you know what needs to get done, and you can work seamlessly throughout the day. You create a clear picture of your ideal and work toward that schedule.
A way to incorporate your mental and emotional wellness: set aside time for yourself too.
Seriously don’t forget to block out time to eat lunch or breakfast and schedule in your 10-minute breaks. Your emotional and mental wellbeing will THANK YOU for giving back the time to yourself.
The good thing about making your own time blocks: they are totally flexible and able to be changed as you need to!
3. Get Into a Routine
I know for some of you, getting into a routine can be boring and monotonous – but even just the bare minimum outline can help carry you through the week. My routine looks something like: wake up, snuggles with Alfie, make tea or coffee, read the news, respond to emails, social media, check-in to client work…etc. Of course, this is in an ideal world, sometimes it changes, but as long as I keep the outline (what I need to accomplish in order to feel satisfied), then I don’t feel quite as overwhelmed.
Getting into a solid routine is ideal for your mental and emotional wellness because it enables you to let go a little bit. If you already know what you need to do because you do the same thing daily, you can kind of set your brain on autopilot and rest throughout some of your meaningless tasks. It also helps you feel not as overwhelmed if you know for sure you do some things on certain days and other things on other days. Also, sometimes it is nice to do a mindless chore like laundry or making the bed and it can give you a break from full-on work.
For example, I do laundry on our busy days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. This means I prioritise these things on those days, and the other days I don’t even worry about it. I work on certain client work only on certain days so that I’m not overwhelmed trying to fit everything in at once. If there’s a task (or a few) that are repetitive, try to get them into a solid routine, so you’re not forgetting about them at the last minute or feeling overwhelmed.
4. Don’t Forget to Eat
I mentioned this briefly in my Easy Lunches post, but eating is so important! Fueling your body is a way to maintain good energy levels and keep your emotions balanced and your mentality clear. That feeling you get when you’ve worked through lunch (and all your breaks), nothing is making sense, you have to re-read things a million times and it feels like you’re just foggy – yeah, it’s time to step away and grab some food (FOOD, not more coffee or an energy drink).
This one is pretty easy to understand, it’s also one of the most important.
Food is fuel, and I will be taking no further questions at this time about the matter.
I know this seems pretty self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised. Seriously, you need to step away from your laptop/desktop when you’re done with work. Resist the urge to respond to just one more email, save the draft on that Excel sheet that’s been driving you up a wall, and just shut it down when your workday is done.
The good thing about working from home is the flexibility to focus on home things while also working, the bad thing about working from home is focusing on work things while also being at home. You need to learn to set boundaries for yourself: turn off after 6pm, set your notifications for Do Not Disturb, and remember, it’s just a job. It’s a part of your life, but not your whole life, and you are worthy while you’re resting.
You just can’t be present and show up and do your best work if you are not being present and showing up for your personal life, and more importantly, for yourself. Working from home can be so draining because it feels like it never stops, you can’t really just like…leave the office and return tomorrow. Learning to unplug from work so you can focus on your home is such a great and necessary skill to have for your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Woo hoo! That’s it. It actually felt really good to write this blog post mostly because I was kind of reminding myself as I went along. I follow all of these things (or try my best to) and I still love working from home – I literally don’t envision myself every going back into an office. The transition took some time, but by now, a lot of you have been working from home for a few months so it’s important to get into that routine, set your boundaries, and get working. (these things help you avoid burnout, too)
I’ll be back this weekend with a special recipe as one of my last Survey Says series post.
Have a great week and I’ll see ya on the insta.