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Top 5 tips to survive working from home


As many Australian workers are now being advised to self-isolate or asked by their employer to work from home, it is important to maintain healthy work practices.

We all tend to look for the laziest option when working from home (I am talking to you people who are reading this post from the comfort of your bed). Sitting six or more hours per day makes you up to 40% more likely to face adverse health conditions within 15 years, than someone who sits less than three. Always remember to get up, stretch out your spine and walk around the house. Not only does this increase blood flow around the body, but it also benefits your mental health during these uncertain times.

For many of us, our daily routines are paramount to the success of our day. Over the next few months, we must be more adaptable to change as news about constraints to our way of life continues to evolve on the hour.

Creating a workstation that will allow you to be actively engaged with your work away from the office is a fantastic way to stay motivated and stay positive throughout your day. De-clutter your workspace and maximise your storage. There is also a range of companies offering free or extended trial periods to assist those working remotely.

Use this time at home to create a workspace that you feel most comfortable. It is anyone’s guess as to how long some us will be working from the confines of own homes, so we all need to think about creative solutions to enable exciting and productive workspaces.

For some households, there may be more than one occupant working from home. Look at this with positivity and the opportunity for change. Who knows, your housemate or partner may share a new perspective on a work challenge you may be facing.

According to the World Health Organisation, it is not certain how long the virus that causes COVID-19 survives on surfaces, but it seems to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with a common household disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. Be thorough when cleaning surfaces and always remember to avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

If you turn on the news at any given point in the day you would be forgiven for feeling a little blue. It is important to always remember that there will be light at the end of the tunnel. We will all get through this together.

If you or your loved ones are feeling overwhelmed there is a range of mental health support services available to help you through your day.

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
Lifeline – 13 11 14

The team at Lifeline has put together a shortlist of ideas to help those working from home in isolation.

  • Connection – think of creative ways to stay connected with others, including social media, email, and phone.
  • Be generous to others – giving to others in times of need not only helps the recipient, but it also enhances your wellbeing too. Is there a way to help others around you?
  • Stay connected with your values. Don’t let fear or anxiety drive your interactions with others.
  • Limit your exposure to news and media. Perhaps choose specific times of day when you will get updates, and ensure they are from reputable and reliable sources.
No matter your circumstance, stay positive, be compassionate, reach out to those around you and look after one another.



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