MINDSET: Recharge your mental health at home

Many people feel drained when working at home, but looking after the fundamentals of mental and physical health can help buffer you against the impact of loneliness and isolation. Here are a few tools you can deploy to recharge your physical and mental health.

1. Meet yourself where you’re at.

Some days are going to be harder than others. So what can you do? Give yourself some grace and adjust your goals when necessary. On days when you don’t feel up to it, figure out what’s the minimum you can do to keep yourself moving in the right direction. 

2. Prep for tough days. 

Make tough days a little easier with some prep work. If you want to get a workout in, set your gear out the night before. Or prep veggies on the weekends, so they’re easy to grab for a quick lunch break. Removing barriers to whatever you want to accomplish paves the way for success. 

3. Tap into your support system.

Teamwork makes the dream work. Sounds cheesy, but it’s so true. Connecting with others right now might require more effort, but it doesn’t have to be hard. Be intentional about connecting with others, whether it’s picking up the phone, writing a letter, or interacting face-to-face. 

4. Move any way you can.

Go outside for a walk, hike, or bike ride. When your brain senses that you’re moving through space because objects are flashing through your visual field, it triggers optic flow — a phenomenon that enhances the relaxation response. 

5. Build breakout sessions into your day.

Trying to grind all day is a quick recipe for burnout. Instead of spending seven hours trying to stay focused, set aside blocks of time throughout your day to take a break. And it doesn’t have to be a huge stretch of time. Even five minutes of breathwork can make a difference.