In March of 2020 the world was met with the most serious health crisis of our time, COVID-19. Many companies across the United States quickly pivoted to the best possible option, allowing their employees to work safely from home. Studies showed, however, that many felt that this new approach was threatening their work/life balance and hurting their mental health. Therefore, through two months of mental health research, I conducted a research study to see how my peers were affected by the work from home initiative. This study helped to develop tips for protecting one’s mental health while working from home.
Research showed that many others felt distracted when working from home. One of the suggestions presented was to limit technology and to set a routine like one would typically have if they were working in the office. Additionally, after years of succumbing to digital distractions, one could retrain the brain to concentrate better by playing strategy games once the workday ended.
Working Remotely: The Back Story
I got the call from my supervisor at 4:30 p.m. on my last day of vacation in March 2020. Like many other Americans, I would now be working remotely until further notice. While I initially became excited about the idea of working from home, a few months passed and I was feeling drained. I was working longer hours and my daily lunch “breaks” were spent eating a quick sandwich at the computer. So writing this white paper allowed me to objectively research how others were feeling while finding tips that helped improve my well-being significantly.