Self Care / Mental Health

5 Strategies that Works to Maintain Good Mental Health

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Have you observed a change in your mental health now that you work from home?

Do you feel more anxious and stress despite having all the perks that come with it?

 

Work from home jobs can challenge your mental health and may post significant changes that may affect your well-being in general.  

 

If you have been working from home for quite some time now, you will most likely experience both anxiety and stress in this new normal. While others may be very good at handling it, some have difficulty managing both. These 5 strategies are laid out to help you deal with stress and anxiety and maintain good mental health.

But before we dive deeper into the core of this article, let’s define first what stress and anxiety are all about. How it can affect your mental health now that you are carrying out your duties at work while juggling home and family life at the same time.

Anxiety and Stress Defined

Anxiety is described by the American Psychological Association as an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried and recurring intrusive thoughts, and physical changes such as an increase in blood pressure, sweating, trembling, and rapid heartbeat. While stress is described as the physiological or psychological response to any internal and external stressors. It involves mind and body changes affecting every system of the body. Stress notably influences how people feel and behave.

Factors Affecting Mental Health While Working from Home

Some factors contribute to the declining mental well-being of work-from-home individuals. It is very important that you know the early signs that greatly affect your sanity so you’ll work better to address the issues at the soonest time. 

 

These are the signs to watch out for: 

 

  • Burnout
  • Depression
  • Pressure 
  • Lack of Work-Life Balance
  • Isolation and Loneliness

 

If you feel any of these signs and sense that something is not right, go punch that out. Here are the strategies that can help.

5 Strategies for Good Mental Health

1. Keep an Active Lifestyle

Keeping an active lifestyle can make a big difference in tuning and getting your mind and body into tip-top shape. Now that you are working from home, the time spent commuting in the morning may be spent exercising.

 

Try to spare a couple of minutes of your time each day to stretch and do physical activities such as walking, running, biking, or any other form of exercise. Feel the adrenaline rush. Staying active helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, heart stroke, and many more. Any form of exercise has been also linked to improved mental health, alertness, and cognitive function. 

 

Getting fit will not only improve your physical health. It can also relieve stress and muscle tensions. It also gives you the sharpness of memory and mental alertness that you need when you work. Most importantly it helps you sleep better and boost your overall mood. Regular physical activities will help you live longer and happier too!

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2. Getting Good Nutrition

Eating well-balanced meals or getting good nutrition also plays a vital role in maintaining good mental health. Good nutrition means getting all the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs to function well. 

 

Good thing, your current work set-up may limit your access to fast food and unhealthy eating habits. Now, that you work from home, you can take control of your kitchen anytime you need to. Try to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Eat plenty of whole grains and try other sources of protein for building strong bones and muscles. 

 

Also, avoid excessive alcohol intake and sugar-sweetened beverages like soda. Eating too much sugar is bad for your health and may bring no positive effect on your mood. 

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3. Limit Screen Time

In today’s technology-driven era, people can almost do anything from their fingertips. The use of smartphones, laptops, tablets, and computer is a necessity especially if you work from home. But how does screen time affect your mental well-being? Is constant access to screens an added source of stress and anxiety to work from home individuals? 

The most common effect is having sleeping difficulty. Your remote job may require you to work from your computer screen longer than usual. It has also been observed that people tend to use their screens when they go to bed if not for work, they stay up late browsing social media, reading articles, and playing games.  The duration and the quality of sleep are being compromised making a person sleep deprived.

Sleep deprivation or lack of sleep may negatively affect your productivity and overall performance at work. You can be moody, uneasy, and irritable which also affects your working relationship with your colleagues. Without adequate sleep, people tend to have difficulty focusing and concentrating on a certain task. Insufficient sleep also manifests memory lapses and a decline in your problem-solving abilities.

4. Find and Learn a New Hobby or Skill

More than ever now is a great time to learn a new hobby or skill. It is simply enjoying a leisure activity that keeps you sane.

 

A hobby is a great way to spend your spare time so you’ll find peace and solitude within yourself. It has been observed that a hobby can make a significant impact on a person’s overall health. There are numerous benefits we can reap out of learning and finding a new hobby. 

Some of the benefits are:

 

  • It helps reduce stress or it can be a great stress reliever
  • Improves creativity
  • More social connections
  • Better physical health
  • Improves Mental Wellness

 

Doing something you love and enjoy outside your work can be beneficial to your mental health. Hobbies can help lower your stress level, lowers anxiety, and can help you cope with the daily challenges of work-from-home life.

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5. Offline Social Connections

At the beginning of the pandemic, we are all forced to stay home and limit social gatherings. This has prompted less social connection with our relatives, colleagues, and peers. While following strict safety protocols in the community is good for everyone, we must also find time to socialize and interact with the real people around us. Just as important as physical and mental well-being, social wellness must be taken good care too.

 

Social wellness refers to building and carrying on meaningful and positive relationships with the people around you. As work-from-home individuals, isolation from the crowd is among the biggest challenges they face due to the demands of their job.  

People with strong social networks tend to be happier and may respond better to anxiety and stress. They will feel a great sense of belongingness which is good for everyone. Also, one good effect is it can help boost your immune system which is your strong defense against illnesses. 

Summary

To sum this all up, anxiety and stress can do more harm than good to our physical and mental health. Factors affecting it are laid out here in this article so we will know what are the signs to watch out for and do something to address it accordingly.

 

Work from home life is tough and we need to find our way through. Good to know some strategies that can help maintain good mental health while navigating life’s challenges. Try to integrate these strategies into your daily routine and see the positive changes in your overall health.

 

 Do you have any other suggestions?

 

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