Deep Breaths, Here’s 6 Ways To De-Stress Now You’ve Got Working From Home On Lock

By Morgan Reardon
2nd Apr 2020

how to stress less when working from home

It’s amazing how adaptable we humans are. A few weeks ago, the idea of leaving our office for the foreseeable future and working from our kitchen bench/couch/bedside table seemed crazy. And yet, here we are, rocking our new normal thanks to spreadsheets, to-do lists and amble virtual meetings.

And while the stresses of our former work life are gone—no more running for the train, then crying when the doors close on your face—it’s fair to say that our new work situation comes with its own set of challenges.

Never fear, consider us your WFH support crew, with six ways to de-stress when things start to get on top of you.

Get Moving

It’s not rocket science; pretty much everyone knows that exercise makes you feel good, so it’s a no brainer that when you feel the stress levels rising, get moving. And while the laws and restrictions on outdoor activity change on the daily, there are plenty of ways to get those endorphins going from the comfort of your lounge room. Check out these six essential yoga poses to get you through the day, and if you really want to sweat, head here for a bunch of killer YouTube workouts—honestly, you’ll feel amazing afterwards and ready to tackle your next task.

Use The Right Tools

It probably sounds obvious but the best way to beat stress, is to prevent it from happening in the first place. By now you’ve realised you can’t watch Netflix and get your work done, and to-do lists are actually essential in making sh*t happen. Fortunately, there are loads of amazing tools out there that can make organising your day that much easier. We’re a bit obsessed with Tomato Timer. If you ever find yourself struggling to get more than 10 minutes of solid work done, you need this. Based on the Pomodoro technique, the timer involves working in bursts of 25 minutes. Focus for a short time, and when the bell rings—it’s snack time. Head here for four more tools you need to download stat.

Learn To Meditate

The idea of meditating can scare people off—being alone with your own thoughts, no thanks. But studies show that meditation makes you much more productive and being more productive = less stress. And you don’t need to dedicate hours of your day to it either. Try it first thing in the morning to set you up for the day, during your lunch break or whenever you feel the panic rise. Best of all, you can do it for free, at home or in your bed (no judgement) with these mindful and soothing podcasts.

Escape To Nature

No, we’re not messing with you, or asking you to break any laws, because it is in fact possible to take in the great outdoors while practising self-isolation life at home. Thanks to the good folk at Google, next time you feel like you need to step away from work, you can go for a stroll around the stunning Kenai Fjords in Alaska, or the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico and make sure you check out the jaw-dropping Bryce Canyon in Utah. Yep, Google’s virtual experiences are here to soothe you.

Listen To Music

While you might think a noise-free home helps you focus, studies have shown that people who work in silence are actually slower and less proficient than their music-loving colleagues. That’s right, you can actually be a better employee while jamming out to your favourite music, it’s also one hell of a stress reliever—if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed just belt out Lizzo’s Truth Hurts at the top of your lungs and you’ll feel about 100 times better. If you’re not sure where to start, check out this round up of our faves—and yes, video game music is actually a serious bop.

Plan For The Future

Yes, the news headlines are kind of terrifying and the chances are your Insta feed is full of memes that remind you every two seconds that we’re living in unpredictable times. As you can probably guess from the way your chest is tightening up just by reading that, this kind of news can lead to stress. So, instead of stressing over the here and now, and what you can’t change about your current WFH life, use your lunch break to plan for the future. No one said 2021 is cancelled, so fire up the group chat and do some research on your next holiday together. Here’s some wanderlust inspo for you.

Need a refresher on how to nail WFH life? Check out our top tips and how the Urban List cew are doing it. 

Image Credit: Yoel Peterson

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