As working from home has become the norm for many people, it has come with some benefits, such as increased sense of wellness and improved sense of mental and physical health. It has also come with some cost, such as isolation and loneliness.
Other issues also arise that may threaten the positive benefits of working from home. One such threat is the blurring of the line between your personal and professional life.
Previously, it was easier to make a clear distinction. You went to work and function as a professional; then you return home and live your personal life. Now, there is no such distinction. The work stress and worry you faced previously now present themselves to you as you sit at home, even when you take a break.
This starts affecting how you use and enjoy your personal time. Some people are reporting that working from home, they end up working more hours and at odd times. This means that work is interfering in their personal life. Not everyone will know how to deal with the softer boundaries between work and rest, and can cause a lot of personal anxiety and problems.
To ensure you can find peace and rest after work, you have to find the discipline to set your personal boundaries. This could mean having a policy not to do any work after hours. You may need to ask colleagues to wait until the next day to discuss matters if it isn’t an emergency. You may need to physically shut off your computer. Take some time to breath, visualise, and centre your thoughts and emotions.
If you don’t have a hobby, maybe it’s a good time to start one. That way you have an activity waiting for you for when you finish work. This can even end up being what you need to separate work from personal time.
Each person will react differently to different things, so it’s important for you to know what motivates you in a positive way. Take some time to figure out what it is that you need to keep these things separate. If you haven’t done it in a while, you may need to do more self introspection and figure out what it is you need, specifically.
It’s times like these that you should also consider talking to a counsellor; perhaps even an online counsellor.
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