A Stressful Time

There is no doubt that we are living in very stressful times. The new “normal” for many people consists of remote work, home schooling or virtual learning, and a lot of negativity in the news. Add to that, Halloween is only a couple weeks away and the holiday season will be following shortly after. While this is usually an exciting time, due to COVID-19, we just do not know what to expect and many are dealing with the possibility of not seeing family during the holidays. So, if you feel like you are having trouble maintaining your mental health and productivity right now, you are not alone. Listed below are tips to help you both accomplish your work goals and take care of your mental health.

Mental Health and Productivity Tips

  1. Take Breaks: This may sound counterproductive, but when you are under an extreme amount of stress, frequent breaks help prevent burnout as well as help you maintain your focus and productivity. Research shows that the harder and longer you press yourself to be productive, the less productive overall you’ll be. For the best results, researchers at the University of Melbourne suggest taking active breaks where you move around, stretch or preferably take a short walk out in nature.
  2. Set Boundaries: Setting boundaries for yourself is one of the best possible ways to preserve your mental health and productivity. While separating home and work life can be challenging for remote workers, it is crucial that you set aside dedicated time to take care of yourself and your needs, the needs of your family or household, and of course, your professional responsibilities. A great way to help do this is by deciding on expectations and communicating them to others.
  3. Use Technology to Your Advantage: The tools are in our pockets and on our desks to help us; we just have to use them the right way. For example, use your phone to set alarms to remind you to take breaks or pause to eat a healthy lunch. There are even apps you can download to set a work and break routine. You can dig deeper into your phone and computer settings and have “do not disturb” turn on at certain hours to help you avoid checking work emails or Slack notifications after work hours.
  4. Monitor Your Media Time: After a long day of work, it is easy to chose “relaxing” activities such as scrolling social media or turning on the TV. Try to be conscious of your media use, though, and choose to spend quality time with members of your household instead. Play board games, cook or bake together, or talk openly without any distractions.

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