• Anita Chastain

3 Tips to Reduce Work from Home Stress

Updated: 4 days ago

Stressed about going from working in an office to working at home? Learn three tips to make the transition easier.


We're living through an extraordinary time right now, and the changes we're making are difficult. Our lives are being upended in many different ways, including our work lives.


Many people are now working from home - and they're finding it challenging.


Working at Home Creates New Challenges

If you're working from home and struggling, know that you're not the only one.


There is a social aspect to working in a face-to-face environment that's lost when you work from home.


Many employees (and managers) don't realize this until they're at home and struggling with the loss of connection.


Feeling isolated is also stressful.


People, even introverts like me, need to interact with other people - even if we don't realize how important it that interaction is until we lose it.


Beyond feeling disconnected from your coworkers and the social aspects of work, coping with the new processes and technologies that are put in place to make working from home possible causes stress too.


Companies usually make these changes with the best of intentions - they want to help employees be successful working at home.

The reality is that adapting to new technologies and processes is hard when you're sitting alone at your kitchen table trying to make everything work.

The reality is that adapting to new technologies and processes is hard when you're sitting alone at your kitchen table trying to make everything work.


3 Ways to Prevent Work-at-Home Stress

I've worked at home for more than half of my career, and even now I struggle with feeling connected to my coworkers and coping with change.


But, I've learned a few things that make working at home easier and more rewarding.


Here are three suggestions that help me stay calm and connected when the workday is challenging:


1. Create a routine and stick to it. It's easy to wander aimlessly around the house or the Internet or from task to task when you're feeling disconnected from your normal workday routine.


Creating a routine adds structure to your day. You'll get more done and feel good about the progress you made.


Takeaway... When you have a structure to follow and you can see progress being made, your stress drops. Routine is the biggest factor in creating that structure, so create one and stick to it.


2. Create a daily plan, then follow through. Plans direct your attention and energy to the most important tasks of the day.


Think through what you need to accomplish that day and prioritize the most important and urgent tasks.

Drop anything from your daily plan that's not urgent or important.

Drop anything from your daily plan that's not urgent or important.


Takeaway... Working through a plan and meeting daily work goals lowers stress. It also helps you feel more connected to the job, even though you're working at home.


3. Focus on the present moment and forget the rest. When you spend time worrying about the future or ruminating over the past, you take energy and attention away from the current moment.


This is true in all aspects of life, including work.


To avoid feeling overwhelmed, focus on the moment you are living right now.


Then, start working on the tasks that need to be done right now. Anything that doesn't have to be done right now can be dealt with later.


Takeaway... Focusing your attention and effort on the present moment works because it blocks other, less productive activities that make you feel bad and keep you from getting work done.


Conclusion

The most important thing to remember is this:


Make working from home work for you. Add structure to your day with a routine. Create a daily plan and work your plan. Stay in the present moment as you work your plan.

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