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Working From Home Takes a Toll on Mental Health

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If you’re anything like me, you are tired of being locked inside all day. I’m the type of person who has to stretch their legs now and then, or I go nuts. The last year hasn’t been too kind to people like me, and the chronic stress many of us are feeling is something new we’ve had to work through. We lose the joys of commuting and seeing the world around us every day. Working from home can cause you fatigue and damage your mental health.

“You get to stay home all day. How can you complain?”

It makes sense. Our whole lives, we’ve wanted to stay home from school, call out of work, miss class and play video games in your dorm room. Many have learned to thrive, find a healthy work-life integration and develop new habits. But working from home is a much different experience for others. They have had their line between home and work blurred, struggle to get away from the computer and constantly see a lack of effective communication around them.

Pushing past the negative effects

These negative factors can push people into chronic stress, depression and mental fatigue. It’s important to monitor your work-life integration. Taking a walk mid-day, working out between meetings and walking to get a coffee are good ways to stretch your legs throughout the workday. And make sure you balance some social calls with your work calls.

Take care of yourself, and you’ll work better

You’ll probably see improvements in your work performance too. Healthy people work better. Social calls, taking walks and other enjoyable activities can be distractions, but they are perfectly normal things to do if there is a break in your day. You must constantly invest in your mental health. Keeping a healthy integration while working from home is the best way to help yourself and your company. 

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