Answers to 5 frequently asked questions about how to thrive working from home


Pooja Maheshwary, August 21, 2021

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So, we get closer to Bhavna kohli, Transformative Life Coach and Marketing Consultant, and invited her to host an Ask Me Anything session at the Girls Tribe by MissMalini app. From ways of dealing with all-consuming sadness, creating a work-life balance, ways of building our resilience in the face of a crisis to going from “languishing” to thriving, ways of finding motivation and moving forward with your goals. , she answered all questions Tribe I had. Scroll down to read everything she shared!

Q. How can one be productive during this dark time? The situation is really bad around me and I can’t get out of it.

The second wave of Covid has increased the anxiety of many. While we must be mindful of things, we must also protect our own mental health and emotions.

  • Disengage from the news and newspapers for a while.
  • Limit your time on social media; Use it effectively. Follow the accounts that help you improve your mood. Doomscrolling can have a great negative influence on our mental health.
  • Commit to a bigger cause; Support an NGO for a cause close to your heart. Doing work that is bigger than ourselves gives us purpose and helps shift focus.
  • The positive effects of exercise are tremendous. Join a group exercise class online. Combine this with 15 minutes of pranayama and daily meditation.
  • Start your day with a journal – There are many, many things to be thankful for. Shifting our focus to gratitude helps ease anxiety.
  • Create a routine and be sure to stick to it. Plan your day the night before so you have something to look forward to.
  • Make sure to watch some comedy for half an hour every day. If anxiety persists, I recommend that you connect with a specialist who can work with you one on one.

Q. How can healthy work boundaries be established so work is kept separate from personal life?

Creating boundaries is a sign of self-care. Here are some of the things we can do to create limits at work:

  • Stick to a schedule and routine. Designate a start and end time to work just as it would in the pre-pandemic era. There will be things that can be extended, but take care of them only if they are critical and only after you have taken a break.
  • Schedule time for non-work activities like exercise, meals, and recreation.
  • Just as it is important not to let work spill over into personal time, the reverse is also true. During work hours, stay focused so you can accomplish more. Stay away from social media, online shopping, etc. which can be tempting since you are online.
  • Once the day is done, resist checking and responding to work-related emails and messages. Similarly, don’t start checking emails and messages during the first hour of your day.
  • Lastly, be careful with yourself. There is nothing normal about the ‘new normal’ so let yourself go if you can’t accomplish much on a few days.

Q. How can you work from home with a young child who demands constant attention and the added stress of the current situation?

Moms who have the WFH alongside young children face a stressful and demanding time. While every toddler is unique, here are some things that can help:

  • Establish and follow a routine for you and your child: naps in the afternoon, meals at set times, playtime at night, etc.
  • Try to get them to sleep for a few hours in the afternoon, at which point you can take care of critical tasks.
  • Create some activities that you can do together, for example, exercising together with your toddler, giving them some vegetables to shred, or dough to play with while you cook. This way, they will have some time spent with you, which will make it easier to distract them at a later time.
  • Use screen time wisely; don’t feel guilty about it, but don’t overdo it.
  • If your toddler needs to attend school online, you should enlist the help of your spouse or a family member and take turns being with the child.
  • Lean on family support; it takes a village to raise a child. You don’t have to do everything.
  • Babies learn to laugh before they even speak. Spread a stressful situation using humor. Make a joke, tickle them, play games instead of trying to berate them.
  • Lastly, lower your expectations of them, as they are also experiencing stress that they cannot articulate. And be gentle on yourself too!

Q. I’m torn between staying in my pajamas since I work from home and making the moves to dress appropriately to feel more in the zone. Does it make any difference?

The fact is that dressing ourselves has a great impact on our well-being. A recent study with older people in American nursing homes was conducted to assess the impact of the pandemic on well-being. The lack of staff to help members wash their hair, dry their hair, and general grooming has drastically impacted their sense of well-being. At the same time, we don’t need the added pressure of dressing appropriately, while juggling a lot of things. I would recommend the middle way; settle for comfortable clothes but don’t live with your nightwear. Ditch the pajamas for a sundress or linen pants. Replace the full makeup look with a touch of glossy lipstick. Spray on an energizing fragrance. These little things make us feel alive!

Q. Are there any specific items I should have on my work desk to help me feel more motivated during the day?

Yes, definitely!

  • For starters, have a designated work area and use it only for work. Stay away from your work area for your meals and non-work related activities.
  • If possible, walk around your room / house during phone calls so you don’t feel tied to your desk.
  • Keep your desk clean and tidy; if possible near a window or a source of natural light.
  • Some of the items that can help are a physical calendar where you can schedule your meetings and to-do list, a small plant, and even a stimulating aromatherapy candle.
  • Clear your desk the night before for a fresh start to the day.

What’s your advice for finding and staying motivated while working from home? Share it with us in the comments below!

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