Many people have and are switching to working from home. Whether it’s due to the changes that have come with the global health pandemic, you’ve got a new job that requires remote work, or you’ve started your own at-home business, working from home is a change in lifestyle. So, it can affect your daily routine and functioning. For people dealing with mental health issues like trauma, eating disorder, and/or substance abuse disorder, lifestyle changes like switching to working from home are something to address as they can affect everyday life like maintaining sobriety and recovery. So, if you’re newly working from home, there are some things you can do to help reduce the chance that this lifestyle change will have any negative impact on your mental health.
1. Stick to a Routine
Having a structured routine can help people who are in recovery for mental health issues maintain a daily schedule and focus on their work and mental health goals. So, if you’re working from home, one of the best things you can do is structure a routine so that you can stick to your goals and be as productive as possible. Planning a daily routine can include things like:
-Waking up at the same time each day
-Making and eating a healthy breakfast before working
-Getting dressed, having a self-care routine (brushing teeth, skincare, etc.), and getting dressed
-Starting work and ending work at the same time each day
2. Create a Space Specifically for Work
One of the ways you can stay on track while working from home and keeping positive energy to maintain healthy mental health wellbeing is to create a workspace. It’s important to set up a space that’s used only for work. This way, you separate your workspace from the space you use to relax and unwind. Thus, giving yourself a clear perspective when entering your workspace and allowing yourself the motivation and focus to get work done when you need to.
3. Try New Things to Stay Occupied
Being home more means spending time alone more often and having time to let your mind wander. So, it’s important to take this time doing positive things instead of letting yourself slip into negative thinking patterns and behaviors. So, try new things you haven’t before like new hobbies and research new interests. Pick up that book you always said you wanted to read, call a friend you haven’t caught up with in a while, solve a puzzle, and remember to try to stay occupied. An occupied mind will help you to stay focused not only while you are working, but when you aren’t as well so that maintaining sobriety and recovery is easier.
4. Make Sure You’re Aware of Your Triggers
If you know there are certain things that can trigger a relapse or reverting back to negative thoughts while you’re working from home, it can help you steer clear of these triggers. Certain triggers can be people you associated with prior to getting help and going to places that can stimulate negative thoughts or behaviors. Once you can identify your triggers, you can better manage your time and space while working from home.
Getting Help While Working from Home
Are you having a hard time maintaining sobriety or mental health wellbeing while working from home? Working at home can bring about a challenging life change that can make it more difficult to maintain sobriety and recovery. If this is the case for you, it’s best that you get the help you need before relapsing or reverting back to negative thought patterns and behaviors. Reach out to Willow Place for Women for the help you need.