Whether you sit 6 feet apart from your colleagues at work, or miles away from your entire team at home, working in isolation gets tough. Working solo can increase feelings of frustration, decrease productivity, and make you feel lonely. It’s just part of being human. Unfortunately, it can take a serious toll on your mental health. That’s why it’s extremely important for you to recognize your feelings of isolation right away, so you can combat them.
Here are 4 ways to help keep you sane when working alone
1. Work hard, play hard
During your 15-minute break(s), get out of your work zone. Go for a walk, shoot some hoops, or watch a comedy clip, anything that helps you relax and release stress. That way when you come back to work, you feel refreshed and energized.
2. Listen to music
Having white noise or light background music can help improve your focus. When your focus is improved, your mood and productivity is also enhanced. Listening to your favourite tunes can help clear your mind and avoid distractions.
We all know the benefits of exercise. It doesn’t just help you stay healthy, but working out in the morning before work, or over your lunch hour can increase energy, productivity and your creativity while reducing stress. Exercising or stretching can release endorphins and get your juices flowing again. By exercising you’ll boost your mood and fight off any feelings of loneliness.
Many people believe meditation is a religious or spiritual activity, but it doesn’t have to be. Meditation is a great way to take a step back from your workload and relax your brain. Meditation can promote calmness, balance, and improve your overall health. You can take 5-10 minutes to meditate at your desk using a free mobile application called Headspace. By meditating you will release stress, build your immune system, be more positive, and enhance your decision-making skills.
These methods can be very helpful in reducing stress, improving focus, and reducing feelings of overwhelm. If you’re experiencing any of those symptoms, try including some of the suggestions above in your daily routine. Whether you are working at home or in the office, you can use these tips to get through your day in a positive and efficient way. By using these coping strategies you can overcome feelings of isolation and better your mental health. With a healthy mindset, you are happier and ready to tackle any challenge. If your team is social distancing or working from home, implement these tactics or ask your colleagues for recommendations. Remember- a strong team is the foundation of a successful business.