For just over a year now, many of the world’s workers made the transition from working in an office to making adaptations to work at home. They had joined the hundreds and thousands of homeworkers who operate their business from the comfort of their own homes.
There are plenty of benefits that people have enjoyed about working from home, including getting to sleep later due to the lack of commute to the office.
However, for those people who were used to working as part of a team, the experience of feeling lonely and isolated has had a real impact on their mental health and productivity during the workday.
Here are some of the things you can do in order to make your days more enjoyable and to tackle work from home loneliness.
Proactively reach out to others
Working in an office or coworking situation will mean that you’re often on the path towards other people. This can mean casual conversation with colleagues as you make a cup of tea, lunch meetings or working collaboratively with others.
But now we’re all working from home, the conversation has paused and you may feel as though you can go whole days without actually speaking to others. All of your team are experiencing the same things right now, so it’s incredibly important to be intentional about reaching out to others.
Schedule the time to have a conversation and connect with people either in your professional or personal life. Even though it is more likely that these conversations will be happening virtually these days, it is still a positive way to alleviate loneliness throughout the workday.
Get Outside Everyday
Although we have been ordered to stay inside where possible, it has not been good for our physical or mental health to spend most of our time inside. If you were previously very active throughout your workday- walking as part of your commute, working between floors in the office or travel to meetings frequently, then this work at home lifestyle has likely impacted you physically. You’re now moving less and not getting outside as much.
Even a year later, it is an important reminder to try to get outside as much as possible. Walk down the street if that’s all you have time for, but make sure you breathe in the fresh air each day.
Social Network Like a Boss
Social media can be a big distraction sometimes. You may end up down a rabbit hole of flicking through people’s profiles, worrying you may end up accidentally liking a post from years ago. Soon enough several hours have gone by and not much work getting done. However, there are some networks that can help you stay connected with like-minded people in your business. Disciple Media, for example, helps you to build connections with your community at any time of the day. You can connect with people all over the world so no matter what time of day it is, you can reach people and connect.
Working from home can feel incredibly lonely–but it doesn’t have to. Make sure you connect with people to stay happy, healthy, and motivated.