What it looks like to be a working mum is changing drastically.
It’s fair to say that life has become more difficult for everyone. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed everything, and we have all had to adjust to new ways of living and working.
There are some perks to working from home that some of us can enjoy (traffic and commute!) but feeling stress, boredom, anxiety and uncertainty is also completely normal. Alongside this, many of us are worried about future job prospects and trying to look after children as well.
We have put together some tips for you to make it more manageable and hopefully more enjoyable.
1. Stick to a routine
Being at home means work and personal time can get blurred, who has been on a call whilst put a load of washing in?!
Set a routine and stick to it and you will feel better and much more structured.
Get up at the same time you would if you were going into the office, have a healthy breakfast, if you want a super boost then include hapi hemp’s CBD Superfood mix. This powerful mix is full of adaptogens which are extremely good for your health as well as your mental health.
Get dressed! This is important and you would be amazed at how many people sit and work in their pjs!
You can still plan in your travel/commute time – use this time to do some exercise or get out take a walk and have some fresh air.
Close for business! At the end of the day when your workday finishes, shut down your computer and switch your mind off work. Now is the time to maybe make yourself an herbal tea, hapi hemps Tranquil tea is the perfect cuppa to unwind with. Not only does it contain CBD its also full of some amazing calming herbs such as valerian, chamomile and rosehip. It’s a wonderful way to tell your mind and body that your work time has ended.
2. Create a dedicated workspace
This isn’t possible for everyone, but if you can, find a corner you can call and treat as your personal work area. Something that is away from the TV, food and children.
Get everything you need in one place, before you start work – chargers, pens, paper and anything else – and shut the door if you can.
Lastly, get comfortable. While it might be tempting to sit on the sofa, it’s much better to sit at a desk or table. If you feel some discomfort in your neck or temples then keep a hapi hemp CBD+ Roller by your desk, full of therapeutic essential oils and CBD, it’s a really potent blend and can be applied as many times as you need throughout the day.
3. Take a break
Working at home can make us feel like we have to be available all the time. But just being “present” is no use to anyone if your mental health is suffering.
Making time for breaks is important to help manage feelings of stress – try to take lunch and regular screen breaks. Give yourself time to concentrate on something else so you feel more focused when you return. Even just 5 to 10 minutes of short breaks each hour can really help your productivity too.
Start your day off with taking some CBD oil drops, CBD has had a huge surge this year and it’s no wonder with everything going in the world.
4. Stay connected
While working from home has its benefits, you may also feel more isolated. But there are lots of ways to stay in touch with those who matter – boosting their mental wellbeing as well as our own.
In and out of work, human interaction matters so schedule video calls and pick up the phone instead of emailing.
And remember, your colleagues probably feel the same as you! Ask how they’re doing.
5. Set boundaries
How many times have you been working from home and someone decides to ‘pop in for a cuppa’?
You can be more flexible when working from home, so enjoy it. But it can also be difficult if there are other distractions to deal with, like children at home, who may think you are on holiday and want to spend time with you.Be clear with family and friends on your working hours and also video meetings like Zoom/Skype should be treated like a face to face meeting.
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