At first glance, working from home might seem like an ideal situation. People sometimes joke about being able to work in their pajamas or do a load of laundry in between work tasks. While it is true that you get to enjoy a few perks, you might be realizing now that working remotely also has a few downsides. Whether you've begun working from home due to the recent pandemic or this is just your company's new way of handling your position, it is important to recognize that your feelings of frustration are valid. Choosing to go to work stress therapy is an effective way to begin figuring out solutions to these common remote working challenges.
Identify Ways to Deal With Increased Responsibilities
Many companies overestimate what can realistically be done when someone works from home. For instance, your manager might feel like you need enough things to do to earn your salary, which means that they might have added some new things to your list of responsibilities. If your company recently went to remote work as a cost saving measure, then they may have also downsized to a smaller staff. This could mean that you are being asked to do more now than when you first took the position. A therapist can help you figure out where to draw the line. If you are being expected to do more things than you can accomplish, then they can also help you to practice what to say to your supervisor about reducing your workload.
Develop Opportunities to Feel Socially Connected
Working remotely can get lonely. Without being able to share a joke with your colleague nearby, you might find that the work stress piles up. You may also worry about how not getting enough face time in with your coworkers could be impacting your career. Feeling stressed out about not being able to see people each day is something that you can also talk about with your therapist. Together, you can work out new solutions such as setting up a virtual lunch hour that help you feel more connected.
Create a Plan to Maintain a Good Work-Life Balance
A good work-life balance helps you manage stress better by getting enough rest and spending time doing things that you find personally fulfilling. However, it can sometimes be hard to know when to stop being in work mode and transition into life at home when you've been there all day. Work stress therapy also helps you to set up a realistic schedule that includes creating boundaries that help you stay mentally healthy. For instance, you may need to say no to a late evening virtual meeting, or you might need to set a reminder for when to take breaks.
In this time of transition it is important to have a place to discuss your feelings openly, contact work stress therapy professionals in your area to learn more.