Top 5 Ways to Avoid Cabin Fever When Working from Home

Promoting Self-care & Wellness at the Home Office

COVID-19 has made working from home the new normal for many people. While studies have shown that people may be more productive when working remotely, this mode of working is certainly not suitable for everyone.

Cabin fever is one of the greatest challenges to home office. What exactly is cabin fever? It’s the unease and irritable feeling someone gets from staying in a confined space for an extended period of time. 

Since social distancing is not something we can afford to compromise on due to the tangible threat imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, here are 5 easy ways to make working at home more enjoyable and productive.

We are hosting a FREE 45min online desk yoga class to boost your week! Details can be found at the end of this article.

1. Stay Connected with Colleagues

The isolation that comes from a home office acts as a double-edged sword. While you’re able to minimise distractions from colleagues, it can also leave many feeling alone. Connecting with your colleagues from time to time (even if it’s just for minor chit chat) via messages can help you stay connected and not feel siloed during this time.

2. Plan Out Your Day

Set tasks and goals to help you track and manage your progress. It’s easy to lose sight of the time when you work from home. By setting up a schedule for yourself and blocking out time for different tasks, you can better manage your time and avoid the workload from bleeding into your personal time.

3. Get into a Routine 

Whether we admit to it or not, humans are creatures of habit. A problem with working from home is that everything seems to merge into one. By sectioning your time, you’re disciplining yourself with short term goals, allowing you to be fully present at each moment.

Don’t forget to also set aside time for lunch breaks, pamper yourself to a nourishing meal! Do this so you avoid skipping meals altogether or having breaks too long that drain your momentum.

4. Have a Dedicated Work Space

In Hong Kong where space is a luxurious commodity, not everyone will have the privilege of having their own study to work from. If circumstances permit, having a dedicated space for work can boost your productivity and work mindset. This might be as simple as having a corner of the room where you work. This will help you mentally separate your work from your personal time.

5. Set Boundaries 

Be more productive by setting boundaries for yourself and those around you. While colleagues may be a source of distraction at the office, family members can be the source of distraction for those working from home. If you have family members with you, let them know when you’ll be working and when you’ll be available to them to minimise the distractions when working.

Tired of working from home with the COVID-19? Take some time off this Friday for yourself!

Sign-up to the FREE Links International Online Yoga Class!

To promote smart working, wellness, and self care, Links International will be hosting a free 45-minute online yoga session this Friday, 3rd April 2020. We’ve invited Bernice Tong, a professional yoga instructor in Hong Kong to lead the session.

As a participant, you may enjoy a simple and relaxing session of yoga in the comforts of your own home. Spots are limited, so make sure to sign up now and claim your free lesson!

Event Details

Yoga Instructor:Bernice Tong
Date:Friday 3rd April 2020
Time:12:00pm – 12:45pm HKT

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