Pre COVID-19, you could detach yourself from work as soon as you stepped out of the office. Heading home for a simple meal, reading a book, hitting the gym or hanging out with friends were just some common ways of destressing after a hectic day at the office.
However, ever since COVID-19 led to widespread adoption of remote working, our homes have doubled up as our personal and professional space. Those of you with children, living with parents and siblings. or having to “hot desk” in the living room or bedroom with your spouse may find it inconducive to focus as well as separate work and home life.
With these new adjustments, you will likely find the lines between work and play thinning. You’re constantly attached to your laptops and phones and having push notifications mean you just have to move from the bed, dining table or TV to the laptop to get work done regardless of the time.
In the current situation, you may find yourself having to work even longer to get the same amount of work done and harder to ensure clear communication with colleagues and partners, very likely because your home was not built to also be a productive work space.
So how do you keep your work and home life separate? How do you destress after a hectic day of remote work to allow for some self-care?