Working from home and balancing self-care

Working from home has a vast number of benefits. From being able to save money on gas and food to no commute time, the benefits of working from home can really provide relief for many people and their families.

However, in order to be able to maintain that work/life balance working from home, you have to be able to separate work and personal time. Some people I have spoken to personally struggle with being able to separate the two when working from home and then their self-care begins to slack off. They start to become more stressed and anxious, feeling a little shut-in with their work and their mental and emotional health begins to deteriorate as well.

How can you begin to separate the two and be able to enjoy the benefits of working from home again while taking care of yourself in the process? This is a question I didn’t have an answer to when I began to work from home. I was entirely focused on the positives of being able to work from home, so beginning my “work from home” journey was a learning experience. And I’ve found that you have to have a plan and a schedule you can put in place to help you not only manage your workload but also be able to fit in personal care time so that you don’t always feel like you are in work mode.

There are several ways and many different variations of personal schedules that you can incorporate simply based on your personal needs and your work requirements. Some may just choose one room of their house to work from, especially if there is a need for privacy due to meetings and phone calls. For others, they don’t have to worry about multiple meetings or phone calls, so they can choose to work from anywhere in their home. In this instance, you may choose to have a special room in your house designated for unwinding, relaxing, and unplugging from work.

The room that you choose to relax in doesn’t have to be special or fancy. To help you pinpoint what helps you relax, answer these questions:

  1. What colors do I find to be the most relaxing? Are there colors that I find to be more stimulating and livelier?
  2. What particular room temperature helps me relax more? Do I prefer warmer, cozier rooms for relaxation or does a cooler room help with my relaxation?
  3. Consider using incense and essential oils. Is there a scent that I prefer or associate with a more relaxed, calm state of mind? Are there any scents I hate and try to avoid?
  4. Is there a particular activity that I enjoy doing that helps me relax more? Would I rather sit and meditate for a while during my relaxation, or would I like to enjoy an activity that brings me peace?
  5. Do I want to incorporate minimal electronics into my relaxation time while I am actively trying to relax or do I find any type of electronics stimulating and would rather avoid them while I am unwinding from my day?

These questions should help you begin to start to understand what you do find relaxing and will help you have an idea of what to avoid. There does not have to be a special room set up for the sole purpose of relaxation, this could be simply a space in your bedroom that you feel comforted or relaxed in.

It is also important to think about the lighting in your space and if you would like more natural lighting or if you would like to incorporate candlelight into your relaxation routine.

  1. Do you value meditation time early in the morning to start your daily routine or do you prefer relaxation and meditation after a day of work?
  2. Do you enjoy more natural lighting from the sun and the outdoors when you are unwinding from a long day, or do you prefer thick curtains and soft candlelight to help you begin your daily relaxation ritual?
  3. Do you enjoy making a hot bath a part of your relaxation routine or do you prefer a hot shower with hot steam?

There are many different things that can have an impact on how well we are able to relax. Everything from lighting and temperature to sound, visuals and scents can have an impact on how well our relaxation routine works to help us unplug from a long day.

Making time to take care of yourself and still perform self-care routines is very important to maintaining good mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health while transitioning to working from home.

At times we may not realize how much time and effort we are putting into our work obligations until we begin to feel fatigued and just generally drained. Not taking the time to practice self-care may even make you start to feel cut off from others and could add to depression and overall stress.

By beginning to build a healthy self-care routine you can maintain while working from home, you are investing time and energy into your own mental and emotional health. There are a vast number of things you can incorporate into your relaxation routines such as journaling, stretching, meditation, music, and many other options.

If you’re interested in other activities you can add to your daily routine, feel free to check out my previous article “Best Healthy habits to add to your daily routine”. And, if you are interested in stress management, check out “Most effective exercises for stress management”.

Your daily routine is customizable and can be tailored to your schedule and your daily obligations. You can have a great daily routine that works for you and your family and still provides a great balance of mental, emotional, and physical support. Don’t give up on the idea of having time to exercise, journal, or simply just do a breathing exercise. You and your health are important enough to take the time to put together a schedule that works for you and your family.

Always remember, you are worthy, you are wonderful, and you are loved. You have the amazing capacity to love yourself just waiting to be uncovered. Don’t give up on yourself!  

If any of my readers and subscribers need help or ideas on different schedule set-ups, just let me know and I would be more than happy to do a post on various effective schedule set-ups!

Thanks so much for reading, everyone. You are all truly appreciated!! God bless!!

2 thoughts on “Working from home and balancing self-care

  1. Oh yeah, one major plus point to working from home is that I can set my own schedule without the need for time-wasters like commuting. But the downside is that I can feel cooped up being indoors all day. It’s definitely important to come up with a routine that works uniquely for us. Thanks for this post!

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    • So true! Working from home is amazing for the perks! But it is for sure important to come up with a healthy routine that works great for your schedule. If not, it can be so easy to let things slide and before you know it, you haven’t really allowed yourself to disconnect from work for a break. If I’m not careful, I find myself doing that.

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