Covid-19 has caused a major disruption in all our lives, including our careers. Even as we’ve been advised to work from home due to lockdown, it’s difficult to stay focused and motivated. An office is a workplace and it’s natural to be focused when you’re doing projects and deadlines left and right. However, it’s a different scenario when you’re working from home because distractions are everywhere. Not to mention, you rarely have time for yourself despite being work from home. In this article, we’ll be discussing how to find peace at home during a lockdown.
SET A ROUTINE
Your mind and body automatically go into relaxation mode when you’re at home and this is precisely the problem with working from home. Setting up a routine keeps you motivated and focused when working from home just because working in the office stems from a routine. You wake up, have breakfast, get dressed, and get ready to go to work. This is the kind of routine that motivates you to do your work tasks, and you need to set that kind of routine even when working remotely. In setting a routine, a schedule also helps just so you’re not too relaxed with your work tasks for the day. Setting up a routine gives you something to look forward to and it keeps you focused on doing your tasks. Without a schedule or routine, you may feel too lenient with a lack of focus.
MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF
If you want inner peace for yourself during this lockdown season, it’s crucial that you find time for yourself. Even when you’re consumed with work tasks and deadlines, you need to squeeze a little me time in your day. Lockdown and working from home is already frustrating enough. Without allocating time for yourself, you’ll feel even more drained and exhausted – or even burned out. These are all negative effects caused by a lack of me-time when working from home so it’s a need, even if it’s a few minutes to an hour before you start working in the morning. Doing this gives you a sense of relaxation despite the hectic schedule you have for the day. In addition, it also helps to clean as a clean working space and environment gives you the drive you need to keep working. Cleaning might be exhausting, but the reward afterward is incomparable.
DO SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
Physical activity such as workouts or even yoga is an effective form of relaxation to maintain a sense of inner peace. Working from home is hard enough and this is why physical activity is so important. If you’re not exercising, it’s easy to feel drained and exhausted from everything. Exercise is known to give off endorphins to your body, which makes you feel good about yourself. This is why it’s recommendable to exercise before work to give you the right mindset and perspective of things. With physical activity, you have the motivation and drive to do the rest of the tasks you have yet to do for the rest of the day. Not to mention, exercise helps you get out of your head and boosts your energy and mood. Even when it’s tiring, it gives you a sense of inner peace and relaxation.
SPEND WEEKEND WISELY
Whether it’s weekends or you have a day off, spend that time recharging your energy with your friends and family. Nothing makes you feel happier than spending it around people you love the most. Work is extremely exhausting to the point where it has the capacity to burn out every energy you have, which makes spending it with loved ones important. To gain inner peace, you need to spend it around people and things that make you feel good about yourself. Workdays are already frustrating enough and you need to spend time wisely during the days where you don’t have deadlines or work tasks to finish. If you want to read a book, exercise, or watch a movie with your family during lockdown, you’re free to do so as doing this will give you a sense of relaxation and inner peace.
Meditation is a practice that a lot of people don’t understand, but it’s one that’ll give you inner peace and clarity. Your thoughts are completely crowded and overwhelmed during lockdown and with meditation, you’ll feel more focused, calm, and you’ll be able to sleep better. Meditation helps you get out of your own head and become more aligned in the present moment. This pandemic season is specifically difficult on your mental health and you need exercises and practices that will keep you balanced and relaxed- and meditation is one of these. If you’re looking for something that will keep you out of your head while keeping you focused and calm at the same time, meditation is that practice.
TAKE A BREAK
Contrary to popular belief, rest is just as important to be productive in your work. In fact, it’s even harder to be productive if you’re constantly pressuring yourself to accomplish tasks beyond your limits or capabilities. By taking a break, you let yourself breathe and pause for even just a while. Take the opportunity to look out your window and take advantage of the silence around you. Take the chance to breathe in and out and gather your thoughts. We live in such a fast-paced world that we never stop to appreciate what’s around us until we’ve already left it behind. You don’t always have to keep moving towards the next big thing. Instead, you can slow down and take a breather.
In conclusion, I hope this article was able to shed a light on how to gain inner peace despite working remotely this lockdown. You don’t have to feel guilty about feeling stuck or feeling demotivated when working from home as you’ll be surprised how many people feel this. With the suggested things above, these things hopefully make working remotely easier and more manageable despite lockdown this Covid-19.