I’ve seen these, and I’m sure you have as well.
“As many a viral tweet has rightly pointed out, it’s more like we’re living at work than working from home – and the pressure of that can have real implications for our mental health.
With this in mind then, prioritising a work/life balance – and actually sticking to it – is one of the best things we can do to look after our wellbeing at this time. And one of the main parts of achieving that work/life balance is being able to switch off from work in the first place. “
I’m a pre-pandemic work from home type, so this is not a new issue. The bottom line is that you have to make a break when your work day is over. Once upon a time my “break” was that I had to be done working when my wife got home from work. That generally worked, until we were in the midst of a move and she was already living in a new state while I followed a few months later, and found myself working at 8-9PM because the work didn’t stop, and there was no bright line of when I was supposed to stop.
And, of course, now that she also works from home most of the time, we needed to find some new habits.
This article lists a number of things you can do to create that break, things like going for a walk, cooking dinner, changing clothes, etc. Whatever it is, find the thing that “ends” your workday, and stick to it. Boundaries are necessary, if you don’t create them? Well, the work won’t go anywhere, it’ll always be there for you to do, whenever you want to do it.
That’s not sustainable. Walk away from work at a given time, and do something that creates that clear break.
Do you use one of these? Or something else that works to split your work day from you non-work time?