Staying Well in the Time of Social Distancing Part IV

The workers’ edition

Authorities suggest that we stay home and not go into work. However for some it may be a difficult task due to finances, job requirements, job restrictions, or another reason. If you are an individual who has to go into work please follow the CDC guidelines to keep yourself and your community safe. If you are an individual who cannot work from home, but are required to stay home for the sake of social distancing or quarantine, please check out Part II of our Wellness Series to promote and maintain wellness in mind, body, and soul.

If you are an individual who is working from home, you may be experiencing difficulty in continuing the same level of productivity as you would in the office. This may be a result of being in a completely different environment (being in a more relaxed environment) or perhaps there are several distractions.

Working at home Environment

As discussed in the Children’s Edition of the Wellness Series, keeping up the daily routine is key to maintaining children’s productivity. The same concept can apply to adults; continuing the weekday routine: from wake time, to breakfast, to work, etc. all the way to bedtime. While also maintaining a space to relax and take breaks (a sanctuary space).

Working at home with distractions

Some may have several distractions at home that hinders productivity. Some of these distractions can be easily eliminated (working at the table, limiting the amount of social media/ COVID-19 News you read to shortened, predetermined breaks, etc.) while others are very difficult to eliminate (KIDS!).

Working at home with children

If children are a distraction, consulting the Children’s Edition of the Wellness Series may assist in having the children engage in productive activities when you are working. It may also be helpful if a plan is initially established with specific due times and a fun reward once the assignment has been completed appropriately. However, try not to take away the reward if the assignment is not completed appropriately at the given time, but rather remind them of what they are supposed to be doing and provide some guidance. A little bit of flexibility whenever the risk is minimal, may reduce the likelihood in engaging in a power struggle.

As some children may also want to be sociable with their friends or their community, however they are supposed be “social distancing” utilizing applications and web-resources (i.e. FaceTime, Skype, Google Duo, etc.) may assist in eliminating some of the isolation, give you some time to focus, and may even be productive for your children!

Some parents have also developed groups to assist in encouraging productive activities in their areas of expertise or passion. This may stimulate the children, but also lesson your load. If you have some ideas that you would like to share with the community please post your ideas on our Facebook Page or Tweet us @Tri_Wellness #triWellness Series.

Please check our blog everyday, as we will be providing resources to promote wellness in the time of social distancing in this week-long Wellness Series.

To learn more about skills for staying well or to schedule an appointment with a clinician please visit our Contact Us page or call the office.

This article was written by Aarti S. Felder, MA, LCPC, to learn more about her you can find her bio here.

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