Whilst working from home it can be extremely difficult to separate work and home life. If you do not have clear boundaries with this then how do you know when work stops, and home life begins? Minding your mental health while working from home is extremely important and Sinéad Kennedy, from Here4you Therapy, has put together the below webinar to guide us through some strategies we can use to look after our mental health and wellbeing.
“I just want to get back to normal”
A phrase many of us have said a lot over the past few months, and yet there is so much talk about what the “new normal” will look like. For a lot of us, all of this change and lack of certainty can play havoc on our mental health. We can move from an internal state of safety to an internal state of survival, because of the fear we feel about what is happening in the world. When we are in a survival state, our minds and bodies believe we are under threat and activate our fight, flight, freeze response. Although this pandemic is a real threat, we are not always in danger and so it is useful to learn ways of helping ourselves get out of the survival state and back into a state of safety. As humans we don’t like uncertainty, we like to think that we have everything under control. This pandemic has highlighted that uncertainty is a given in life and that we can learn ways of being ok with not knowing what the future holds without adding to our unease by predicting the worst.
During this time it can be useful to pay attention to our needs as humans beings and how in this current climate some of our psychological needs (love and belonging, freedom, fun, survival and power) are not being met or we are meeting them in a way that is not helpful. Nobody told us how we should be reacting to this situation, so be kind to yourself.
All of this is unchartered territory for most of us and there was no handbook on how to deal with a global pandemic but there are some things we can do to mind our mental while working from home during this time. These include:
- Deep Breathing
- Challenging Your Thinking
- Practicing Gratitude
- Writing Your Thoughts Down
- Understanding Your Boundaries
- Taking Time Out
- Building in Structure
- Practicing Self-Compassion
- Practicing Good Communication Skills