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How working from home is taking a toll on mental and physical health

The concept of 'working from home' isn't going well with everyone. Some are finding it quite challenging with several physical and mental problems. Here's what most of them are experiencing while working from home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

The work from home culture wasn’t so common in India till now. But due to the COVID-19, employees are left with little option than working from home. Such individuals are facing challenges which are affecting their mental and physical health. There are researches and studies suggesting that employees are suffering from isolation, loneliness, mental stress, burn-out, unhealthy eating habits, and body aches.

According to the American Psychology Association (APA), “Social isolation can cause depression, sleep disturbance, a poor heart condition, and cognitive decline”

Let’s spare a glance at them one by one-

Poor work-life balance–

As most of the people are working from home in the current situation, they are facing many mental health issues. Those who have a family are struggling to strike a balance between home and work responsibilities. People who are staying alone are experiencing loneliness as they can’t leave their homes. There are professionals who work more productively once they interact with their co-workers and managers. But the present situation isn’t only affecting their performance but also their emotional and mental well-being. For nearly everyone, the line between the personal and professional life has been blurred and they are puzzled.

Sleep deprivation –

As the work-life balance gets disturbed, stress comes to the fore. Some companies still expect a lot of work from their employees and this is wearing them out. The sleeping schedule has changed. A lot of people are complaining about lack of sleep even if they are mentally tired.

Less physical activity, more unhealthy eating –

People are used to taking coffee breaks in between work, they used to go for a stroll, which is a sort of workout for few people and now when all those things have suddenly stopped, it’s very difficult for them to work productively.

Since stress is additionally related to increasing hunger hormones, people now tend to eat more unhealthy food, whatever is easily available, and this is again contributing to an unhealthy lifestyle and stress.

 

How to stay fit while working from home?

  • Separate your workspace and don’t let it interrupt in your personal life.
  • Set a routine and stick with it.
  • Use time tracking apps and follow them in your working hours.
  • Eat healthy food, keep some dry fruits handy so that you can munch and keep drinking water.
  • Take a 3 minutes break and do some stretches after every hour.
  • Try to finish your work on time and turn-off your laptop until the subsequent day.
  • Interact with your colleagues on a daily basis.
  • Exercise, meditate and keep doing self-care practices.
  • Take care of digital distancing after working hours and just try to relax.

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Mental Health Of Teenagers During COVID-19

Being a teenager, dealing with teenage issues, social distancing, lockdown, cancellation of exams, staying home in a controlled situation is actually a lot to deal with. Yes, most of us are feeling anxious at home. It is important to protect our mental health too as we are protecting our physical health. Let’s see how we can do that.
Snigdha Teentalkindia Counsellor

Teenage is a sensitive and challenging phase. All teenagers are already dealing with so many issues of their own and now the coronavirus outbreak is inevitably going to make it more challenging. Every day nowadays begins and ends with the news of people affected with COVID-19 around the world. Exams are getting postponed, events are getting cancelled.

We're all locked in our homes, self-isolating for many days and now we also have this ongoing 21 days lockdown to handle. But we also know that this is the only way to fight the novel coronavirus.

Yes, this is a difficult phase for all of us. People and especially teenagers may feel more vulnerable than others. At this point in time, it is very important to take care of their mental health. Our Teentalkindia expert would like to share with you a few tips on protecting your mental health.

 

  • Being anxious is normal

With all that is going on in the world, you are not the only one to feel anxious or isolated at this time. But did you know, being anxious isn't really a bad thing. Researchers have found that people with anxiety are actually better at responding to threat than people without anxiety since their brains process threats more efficiently. This anxiety will help you to take precautionary measures like washing hands, not touching your face or staying at home.

If you feel cold, cough or fever, it is strongly recommended that you visit your doctor as the symptoms for the coronavirus is almost the same. However, having these symptoms doesn’t mean you are infected with COVID-19. So it is important to get a proper check-up done.

 

  • Share your feelings

Missing out on meeting friends, cancellations of different exams, and the onslaught of negative news can be difficult to deal with. Psychologists say, “Expressing your feelings and emotions has several positive outcomes like relieving tension caused by the everyday stressors, as well as the trauma of major life difficulties.” When you share, you grow. You learn different ideas on dealing with the stressors. It also helps you realize that you are not alone facing that problem. 

So in this situation, you can reach out to your friends or loved ones through voice and video calls and share your feelings.

 

  • Make and follow a routine

When everything happening around is unexpected, following a routine may help you gain a sense of control in your life. With every chore/work of your daily schedule, your mind will focus on finishing those tasks instead of feeling worried about the novel coronavirus.

 

  • Initiate a fun activity

There is a lot of negativity everywhere because of the coronavirus and social isolation. Most people are finding it hard to be at home. In these times, it is always advisable to do a fun activity to keep yourself happy. Social media is playing a very important role in this. People are doing Tik-Tok challenges, playing games over Instagram stories, playing antakshari on social media, making online workout videos or make-up tutorials, sharing their day to day work with their followers and friends online and many more. By doing these fun things you will be connected with your friends and will not feel isolated.

 

  • Embrace Self-love

Self-love always helps you make healthy choices in life. As students you all might have been busy with your studies, schools, coaching and preparing for the upcoming entrance exams. Now that you all are home, you can actually make time for yourself where you can work on your hobbies. You can also experiment and find a new hobby. You can play online games with your friends, take care of your plants, learn to play a musical instrument or learn a new language online. You can also complete watching movies or shows you've missed. Or simply, just sit down, relax and meditate to calm yourself, to gain strength for the challenging time.

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