In the past five years, remote work has increased by 44 percent. It’s only logical to assume that this percentage will continue to increase.
While there are a variety of benefits that come from working from home, some may experience additional stress, especially those who normally work in an office but now work remotely due to COVID-19.
For those who are stressed, here are four ways you can maintain your mental health while working remotely.
1. Spend Time with the “Outdoors”
The outdoors is known for increasing one’s mood, creativity, vitamin D levels, focus, and immunity. Although beaches and hiking trails are closed during the statewide lockdown, try to interact with the outdoors in any way that you can throughout your working day. This could include opening your window to let in the fresh air, sitting on your balcony or porch, taking a morning stroll around the apartment complex, or buying a houseplant to add some greenery to your home.
2. Take Breaks
Did you know that breaks contribute to better decision-making outcomes and added creativity? These reasons should be enough motivation to convince you to schedule breaks throughout your day.
If your brain is fuzzy and you can’t think straight, take a break. If you feel dehydrated and stressed, take a break. Your breaks don’t have to be long; even carving out 15 minutes here and there will be beneficial to your mental health!
3. Recharge with Hobbies
During your scheduled breaks, recharge your brain by engaging in enjoyable hobbies. Some hobbies can actually benefit your brain. For example, painting increases creativity and memory, while language study improves brain connectivity. Even video games can help with your strategic thinking abilities.
4. Exercise Your Body
Did you know that exercise is linked to new cell growth in the brain? Taking some time from work to move your body can benefit your brain in more ways than one, including decreasing your stress levels.
5. Feed Your Brain
Who doesn’t love the convenience of frozen pizza, macaroni and cheese, and instant noodles? These foods can come in handy when you’re busy typing away on your computer; however, they won’t provide you with the nutrition your brain may need. By putting effort into eating nutritious foods, you will fuel your brain. Foods such as broccoli, fatty fish, nuts, and blueberries are considered “brain foods” and can help with everything from improving memory to boosting your mood.
If you find yourself stressed while working from home, incorporate these tips into your daily routine. They may be the perfect prescription to keep your brain healthy and your stress levels low during quarantine.