The Challenges of Remote Working: Related Mental Health Issues, and Solutions

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Posted By Alex Perez - Mental Health Writer, B.A.

Remote working is not a vacation. For many people, this work situation is quite the opposite. Remote workers can feel very lonely and this feeling can have a negative impact on their mental health.

What are the most common problems of remote working?

The most common problems that people face can go from burnout to stress, depression, anxiety insomnia, and isolation.

Today we will discuss the solutions to possible cases of burnout, anxiety, stress, and isolation

What are the solutions to these problems related to remote working?

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To steer clear of burnout during prolonged periods of remote working it is crucial to make a clear separation between work and spare time. Just because you’re now working-from-home doesn’t mean you don’t have leisure time anymore. You have to make a schedule with regular breaks and a specific time at which you start your working day and a specific time at which you end your working day.

To avoid being anxious or stressed while you’re working remotely, it is essential that you provide a space of your own for work. This space should be a private space where you cannot be disturbed by other people, even the members of your family. You are responsible for keeping this workspace well ordered. This is very important because chaotic workspaces are stressful while neat workspaces give a feeling of control and peace. It is also important that you install some verdure in this workspace, at least one bonsai, or another plant of your choice. A green space puts you in contact with nature, which is beneficial for your well-being. Before or after your working day, it is also crucial that you work out for at least half an hour to an hour a day.

If you start to maintain only virtual relationships with co-workers and friends while working remotely you will quickly feel lonely, and isolated. It is, therefore, preferable to maintain regular contact with your friends outside of your working hours. Continue to visit them regularly and invite them to your home. Actually, it would be much better to do regular activities together, such as exercise outdoors.

If you don’t have the time to visit loved ones after work, you should know that there are many relaxing activities you can do at home that are great for your mental health.  Those activities are: listening to music, playing an instrument, bathing, cooking, reading a book, taking a nap, painting or drawing, yoga, meditating.

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I think that you understood the big picture: by maintaining a balanced life rhythm and active social life, you will avoid mental health issues. It is beneficial to maintain a regular schedule, take regular breaks, have a balanced diet, play sports, spend time outdoors, take time for yourself regularly, get enough sleep, and have social contact at least a few times a week.

Please try not to see the glass half empty and if seeing the glass half full seems too challenging at this moment you might consider changing the glass. Over time, you may even start to enjoy your remote work and its many positive aspects that we haven’t covered in this article.

The Director.com: How is remote working impacting employee well-being?

Forbes.com: The future of mental health and career support for remote workers

We Work Remotely .com: How To Keep Your Mental Health in Check When You Work From HomeHello Ezra.com: Remote Working & Mental Health, A Balancing Act

MeetWithSpot.com: Walking into the Future of Remote Work

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