WORKING FROM HOME IN A LONELY WINTER (1): DECOMPRESSION – WINDING DOWN AFTER WORK FINISHES

There are many posts on this blog about  issues relating to working from home. In the early stage of the “first” lockdown many practitioners kindly contributed to a series of posts about the practicalities of  home working, a new experience for many.  As the “second” lockdown starts I want to look more at the well being aspect of working from home.  It gives rise to particular challenges and difficulties.  I will start with the issue of “switching off” after work.

 

 

“BRINGING HORROR INTO YOUR HOME”

There is an article in Legal Futures where Francis J is reported as saying that remote hearings “can bring horror into your home”.

“In a session on the future delivery of family law, Francis J said: “I’m dealing with the rape and murder of children and I don’t find it very nice having it in my front room or in my bedroom or wherever it may be.”

This was, partially, an issue in relation to well being and judges.  It clearly affects practitioners as well.

 

“DECOMPRESSION”: USEFUL LINKS

I have a series of links about the importance of “decompression” after working at home.

“At the end of my day, I slot in a 30-minute block of time to decompress. This to me is where I’ve reconstructed a fake commute to detach from work thoughts.”

“It’s best to establish boundaries between work time and person time. This applies to not only the actual time, but also the physical boundaries. Knowing there is an end time and distance from a physical space can bring comfort.”

“Establish a schedule and rhythm with your family to accommodate dueling Zoom calls and/or establish head-down work time. Ask yourself what’s working and what’s not and make adjustments.”

“After spending nearly five years as a remote employee—and dealing with the anxiety and isolation that can come with working from home—I’ve found six simple strategies that make all the difference.”

“At the office, you have the visual cue of co-workers leaving to signal the day is winding down. In absence of that, set an alarm on your phone or calendar thirty minutes before you should be wrapping up for the day. You don’t have to call it quits exactly then, but start the process.”

“There’s no water cooler when you work from home, no snack table, no meetings down the block. It’s easy to stay locked in position all day. Don’t do it! Sitting is terrible for your health, and mind-numbing when you’re staring at the same wall or window all day.”

“At the end of a day in an office, most people have a moment to decompress, whether it’s by reading a book on the train, listening to music in the car, walking, cycling home, or even socialising outside of work with a colleague. These moments are instrumental in stress relief. The homeworker rarely has this time, and often can move from their working world to tasks and challenges in their home life in a single second. Time to decompress should be incorporated into the homeworker’s day.”

Stylist – 9 simple ways to destress when you’re working from home

“Download a breathing or meditation app like Calm, or stream videos online to guide you through relaxation and breathing techniques, giving troubled minds a rest,”

“Avoid comfort eating and instead choose food that increases your energy and gives you sustainable nutrients to get you through the day.”

“The blue light emitted from your screens sends signals to your brain to stay awake which can inevitably result in a disrupted night’s sleep. If you find yourself still glued to your devices after the work day has finished, make sure two hours before bed you avoid looking at any harsh light from your technology.”