Working From Home: 10 Tips To Keep You Sane

Work from home and stay sane

Let’s chat sanity levels when you work from home. My company announced that we have one more week of working form home, but we all know that’s virtually impossible. No matter how much I enjoy working from home, it’s been hard to stay sane under these conditions. My energy and positivity comes in waves, but luckily I’ve found 10 ways to stay sane when things get mentally rough.

I am undeniably an opportunist. I am consistently turning lemons into lemonade, to the point where I know how exhausting my outlook can be. The only way I can cope with something like this is to keep growing, learning and optimizing. Maybe it’s just my nature, but if I’m not optimizing, life gets stale. And I don’t want life to get stale.

1. Read a fiction book (hello imagination)

Let’s take a second to actually forget what’s happening in the outside and pick up a book that takes us to another world. While the book itself doesnt actually need to be a fiction book, flexing your imagination should help stimulate creativity even though we’re confined to a certain amount of square footage.

Yes, I know there’s also a full library of TV shows sitting on netflix, but that only takes you so far. And it can get mega-boring after a while. Pick up a book that sparks some joy and find yourself lost in any other world but this one.

2. Find an online workout program

If coronavirus happened about ten years ago we would all be screwed. Luckily, there are so many platforms, both free and paid, that offer a slew of workouts to keep you healthy and fit while quarantined. Take advantage of your work from home lifestyle and turn it into work out anywhere!

To be honest, I feel like I’ve been working out a little too much, and am tweaking up my shoulder. But here are some of the apps I’ve tried in the past. Download a free version of the Nike app or 7-minute workout. If you’re ready to take it up a notch, try Peloton, The Bar Method, Pvolve, and Obe Fitness. A lot of these apps have a 30 day free trial, and we all know 30 days at home is a real possibility!

3. Create a work from home routine

Here’s the deal. I’m all about my routine. Each morning may look a little different, but it always consists of getting up before 6am, moving my body, and adding a dash of self-care, before I (used to) head out the door. One of those things is not like the other. Since staying home, I’ve tried to find ways to create a similar but different routine to feel like I have some control or say in the matter. Again, this is me trying to make a lot of lemonade.

Personally, I’m not using the work from home excuse to sleep in. I think a good chunk of my productivity is wasted when I do that. So I’m still waking up before 6, and moving my body. I’ll make coffee, but instead of running out the door, I’m making myself a hearty, delicious, good-for-the-soul breakfast, which is my new form of self-care. Create a new routine that has you feeling back in control.

4. Discover a new hobby

I’m not talking about any hobby, I’m talking about something you wish you could do, if you could anything in the world. Tom (boyfriend) always tells me that he’s going to pick up the guitar one of these days, like OK John Mayer. But seriously, now is the perfect time to pick up something a little less expensive and invest in some online guitar lessons!

I created this website in my spare time because I wanted to empower women. Unfortuantely, I did it while doing like two other jobs. But now I get to be really creative with content and try to add as much value as I can. So let me ask you, if you could anything with your spare time, what would it be? Okay great – do it!!

5. Organize

Right now, new furniture from West Elm is being built in our room as I’m writing this. Although we ordered this funiture about a month ago, now couldn’t be a more perfect time for it to be delivered. New furniture gives me an excuse to get things in other aspects of the house organized! I want to keep the momentum up! I already ordered a few things to organize our closet, and I can’t wait to look for more ways to orginize our space.

Are there aspects of your life that you can update or organize? Whether it’s within your own home, your finances, space on your computer, or even your podcast collection, where can you tidy up and organize to clear the space in your head?

6. Catch up with an old friend

It’s all the rage now to schedule a virtual happy hour with your family. The idea that we’re all in this together is cofmorting! Better yet, we can all pretty much get drunk in the confounds of our own home without being judged by our family for it – and leave (read:hang up) whenever we want! Who knew social distancing would be so good for the fam?

Take it a step further and reach out to someone who you may have genuinely lost touch with. Reconnecting with someone familiar but from the past may spark that human connectedness in a greater way than what’s already familiar. Friends and family provide stability and comfort. Try reconnecting with someone who isn’t so familiar anymore and watch how it opens up the heart and mind.

7. Disconnect from social media

In another world, this would be hard, except no one is doing anything cool right now, so it’s actually really easy to do. Take 24 hours to step away and social distance from your phone. Plan a day of self care, games, a movie night, cooking with wine included!

It’s easy to become even more dependent on our phone for entertainment considering we can’t leave our homes anymore. Take advantage of the opportunity to seize the day and reconnect with yourself and the limited people around you.

8. Curate a meditation practice

This is definitely something that’s missing in my life. I used to be so good at practicing meditation! And I say practicing instead of just meditation because who really knows how to be good at it. Meditation is essential in calming the mind and body.

There are a slew of free apps but I personally found my preferred method from Emily Fletcher’s book, Stress Less And Accomplish More. It’s a practice that can be done two times a day for only 15 minutes at a time. It’s so easy, that it can be skipped. But considering you’re not in a rush to do much it’s a perfect time to try it out.

9. Tidy up the work from home workspace

Creating a productive space with great energy flow is super important when you work from home. The cleanliness or clutter of your home typically represents the cleanliness or clutter in your mind. So if your apartment or house is cluttered, it can mean your mind is too. Take a moment to look at your space.

Are the wires tangled? Are there pens and pencils and notepads scattered? Rally the pens and pencils into a holder, combine the wires together, and maybe add a little plant or two. Make it yours. Inspire yourself to get excited get creative juices flowing (which can be hard at a time like this!)

10. Learn a new skill

There is so much opportunity here to learn something new. While this may overlap with a new hobby, make this a little more technical. Attempt to learn a skill that you can take outside and after working from home.

Take an online class or try to find an online conference that will provide value at your main job, but from the comfort of your own home. Think about a way you can optimze the self that will grow you as a person. Learning a new talent will allow you to get our of your head and position yourself as a person with grit and mental toughness after this is all over. Your boss won’t know how you did it!

Work from home: Practice this long term

While being ordered to work from home is the right thing to do. People really need to focus on their mental health and how to take care of themselves. Think about it this way: if you can find easy things that are within your control, you will generate positivity, healthy energy, and nurting space for working at home.

How can you make lemons into lemonade!?

Hey there!

I’m Nikki Rothman, a barre instructor, fiber-lover, Jeep-mom, and founder of Atomic She. It’s nice to meet you!