Turns out that working from home can increase a person’s productivity. In fact, one recent study suggested that the elimination of our daily commutes due to the pandemic means we have even more time to werk, werk, werk, werk, werk, werk! BTW … that song by Rhianna is still one of my all-time favorites. But, I digress.
I suppose the silver lining is I now feel a lot less guilty about blurting out to a colleague recently, “Am I the only one who feels like I’m working a lot harder and a lot longer than I used to?” Thanks to actual research, my feelings have been validated.
All kidding aside, this #WFHLife is not what I thought it would be. It’s freakin’ hard, man! Especially when it comes to trying to maintain a healthy work-life balance. I’m not even sure what that is anymore. It’s been over six weeks since I last left my house for any significant amount of time!
That’s six weeks … 42 days … 1,008 hours … 60,480 minutes … anyway …
Inevitably, more work means more stress. It’s like peas and carrots – those two things just go together. According to the study, a whopping 54% of remote workers said they felt “overly stressed during the workday.” Can I get an AMEN!
For many folks (myself included), the coronavirus has ushered in a “new normal” that has us all grappling with having to stay put a little longer. While I’m learning to work differently, I’m also realizing that I need to put the same energy into decompressing too.
One of the best ways I’ve found to do this is to take small breaks during the day. Yoga and relaxation exercises have been a welcome addition to my daily work from home routine. After a few moments of clearing my mind and breathing in deep, I feel refreshed, focused and ready to get back to it.
Here are some of the methods I’ve used recently to help me improve my mind, body and spirit:
While standing with your feet hip-distance apart, inhale deeply. At the same time, stretch your arms above your head, hold your breath for a second to engage your abdomen, then slowly release your arms and your breath.
Let it Go
Sit with your legs crossed and your hands on your knees. Straighten your back, close your eyes, clear your mind and keep breathing.
Roll with it
Sitting tall with your palms down, relax and breathe deeply. Begin this movement by rolling your shoulders forward in a circular motion for approximately 30 seconds, then reverse and roll your shoulders backward for another 30 seconds.