Our Tuesday chats here are focused on your health and well-being as a work at home entrepreneur. Frankie and I talk a lot about our physical health, but today I wanted to talk about how you can keep your mental health strong and positive as you go about your day.
One of the key factors of working from home is that you are going to be spending a lot of time on your own. You are ALONE. That’s not easy for a lot of people, and it can grate on you as each day passes. Sometimes you may not have motivation, and you feel bad that things aren’t going the way you want. Other times you just can’t seem to focus on anything and you find yourself getting frustrated.
As a work at home person, a lot of issues can begin to take their toll on you, and if you’re not careful, you’ll succumb to all of it and find yourself in a very negative, depressed place. We wanted to share with you these 5 tips to make sure you stay fresh, positive and mentally healthy each day so that you can share all the great things you’re doing with the rest of the world.
Pick up the Phone
Go ahead. Call your mom. Or your dad. Or your best friend. Just because. Take some time to talk to other people about anything that isn’t work related. It’s so important to talk to other people when you’re feeling blue. And we don’t mean “send a text message.” We mean, CALL. Even better, go call someone up and ask the if they’d like to meet for coffee. Just talk. Have real, adult conversations.
Play a Game
I know when I’m not going to get any work done. I’m feeling irritated, or maybe I’m super-stressed. For me, I can’t just keep pushing through. I need my mental break. Frankie and I both love to play video games. I’m attached to my iPad. So pick a game, and go play. Nothing complex, and nothing that will have you sitting there for three hours, ignoring the rest of the world. Just something that will break that mental crabbiness and get you ready and focused again.
Have Your Own Moment
Shut off the TV, the radio the phone, the computer. Everything that could possibly make a noise. Shut it all off. Find a comfy spot, sit down, and have a moment to yourself. I especially love to do this on rainy days when the house is nice and dark. It’s not gloomy. It’s calming. Make a favorite cup of tea. Let the cat crawl up on your lap. Flip through a magazine you’ve been wanting to read but could never get around to reading. Calm yourself, relax, and enjoy some time just being you.
Take Yourself Out to Lunch
You deserve to get out, and you deserve to have something nice once in awhile. Don’t ever forget that. When we work from home, we tend to stay at home a lot. We don’t dress properly. We don’t do our hair. We eat leftovers. And leftovers of leftovers. Don’t do that to yourself. Get up, put some nice clothing on and take yourself out to eat. I know it may seem odd to sit in a restaurant by yourself. But if you have a craving for that amazing salad your local diner has, you deserve to go in and have a seat and eat it. Don’t get it in a takeout box. The purpose of eating out is to be OUT. Enjoy your meal, people watch, and decompress. It will feel good to have someone waiting on you and serving you for a bit.
Connect with Other Work at Home People
This is the most important tip of all. Talk with other people who are doing what you do. They know how you feel. So - talk. And hey, you already know two people who are working from home. Why not talk with us? Come on over to Facebook, or send us an email. We know what you’re going through.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.