Feeling Lonely While Working From Home? Here are 6 Tips to Stay Connected

No more long commutes, no more distracting coworkers, and best of all, you could work in your cozy pyjamas all day long!

Did you think working from home would be a dream come true?

But now that you’ve been doing it for a while, you might be starting to feel a bit lonely.

More solitary than a castaway on a deserted island.

Without the daily interactions with your colleagues or clients, it’s easy to feel isolated and disconnected.

If you’re struggling with loneliness while working from home, you’re not alone. Many people are finding that the lack of social interaction is taking a toll on their mental health.

But don’t worry, there are plenty of things you can do to beat the blues and stay connected.

  1. Arrange more casual calls. Pick up the phone and dial your colleagues or friends. Take the time to chat about work, private stuff, things you’re struggling with, and exchange ideas. Share a laugh or two and feel the warmth of human connection.

  2. Find other ways to connect. Video messages back and forth can be a great way to bridge the gap between you and your colleagues. Text or send voice notes—hearing their voices can make you feel less alone.

  3. Get out of the house. There’s nothing like fresh air and sunshine (if you’re lucky) to lift your spirits. Go for a walk in the park (I have woods nearby), have a coffee outside the home, or join a local club or group. Taking a class can also help you meet new people with shared interests.

  4. Build fun breaks into your day. Working at home gives you flexibility in structuring your schedule. Take advantage of it by going out for lunch or coffee, dancing or doing stretching exercises between calls, or playing a game. Give your brain a break, and you’ll feel more energised and productive.

  5. Find a hobby. Pick up a new hobby or dive back into an old one. Whether it’s painting, cooking, or playing an instrument, engaging in a creative activity can help you relax and reduce stress. (Did you know that I love printing without a press?)

  6. Listen to the radio or podcasts. Sometimes, all you need is a bit of background noise to make you feel less alone. Tune in to your favourite radio station or discover new podcasts that interest you.

Working from home can be a great experience, but it can also be isolating.

Don’t let loneliness get you down. Try these tips to stay connected and feel better.

(My post was inspired by Tom May on creativebom.com.)

 

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