1. Stay connected
We’re not just talking workplace Zoom meetings here! Working from home has meant we’ve all had to adapt to finding new ways to stay connected with our colleagues to get things done – but it’s also meant we’ve missed out on the fun aspects of having a close-knit group of teammates!
If you haven’t tried your hand at hosting a virtual work event – now’s the time to do it! Or simply wait another week until pub garden meets are very much back on the cards. Let’s just hope the weather is on our side for this one…
2. Get into a routine
Many of us thrive with a set routine that we stick to every day. Moments of spontaneity are good for the soul but, in general, knowing how your day is going to play out can help you stay organised, keep focused, and lower levels of stress.
You’d be hard pushed to find a single person whose routine wasn’t upended somewhat in the past twelve months. That’s why experts are suggesting we stick to as much of our original daily schedules as possible.
Did you know some are still incorporating the ‘office commute’ into their lives while working from home by going on a morning walk round the block? While that might seem extreme for some, getting dressed as you normally would instead of sticking to your PJs, and having a designated workspace away from the temptations of Netflix might be the first step in regaining your sense of control and a positive outlook on your life and work.
3. Improve your physical health
Some would say the first step to improving your mental health, is looking after the rest of your body too.
Eating a good diet (Easter weekend excluded, of course!), getting regular exercise, popping out for a bit of fresh air each day when you can, and sticking to a regular sleeping schedule will not only keep you looking good for when we can finally socialise again, but will also help your body stay fighting fight to conquer any illnesses you might pick up once the world has reopened. Not to mention, small wins that keep you looking and feeling good will give you a nice self-esteem boost too.
4. Check in with yourself
With the hustle and bustle of daily life to distract us, not to mention our phones, it can be easy to skip over and not notice how you’re dealing with the added strain of a stressful situation.
Try taking a moment at a set time each day to check in with yourself. There’s plenty of help out there to do this if you need guidance. An app like Headspace can guide you through a few minutes of meditation each day and is suitable for the complete newbie, to the complete zen master.
It might even be worth looking into upgrading to the subscription service for your employees if they start finding it really useful!
5. What are you grateful for?
This tip can be used in conjunction with the previous one. It might seem strange at first – especially if you’ve never done it before – but recent evidence suggests something as simple as writing down on paper what you’re grateful for weekly, can have permanent, positive effects on the brain.
Start small if you’re new to it – just write a single bullet point each day before bed that you’re thankful for, something that went well, or something making you happy at the moment and you’ll soon start feeling the positive benefit as it becomes more of a daily habit!
6. Focus on your accomplishments
In the world of work, it can be easy to focus on the tasks we might be struggling with, the things that didn’t quite go to plan, or the carefully laid plans put paid to by the pandemic, but this can be somewhat of a downer at times!
If you’re team is subject to regular performance reviews, how about scrapping that for a month in favour of ‘kudos’ handed out by colleagues to their peers for a job well done.
Of course, we can’t always ignore our problems in favour of focusing on the good bits, but putting particular emphasis on the things that are going well despite the times of trouble can only help you put more of the bad stuff right – a positive mindset in general is a great motivator for problem-solving!