Tips to Manage Mental Health While Working from Home

Tips to Manage Mental Health While Working from Home

Working from home has traditionally been an out-of-reach option for most working people, but now the number of people working from home has skyrocketed as a result of the COVID pandemic — and so have mental health issues surrounding this work revolution. 

Amir Ahuja, MD understands how difficult work-life balance can be when you live where you work, and your mental health can suffer as a result. From his office in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Ahuja offers experienced and compassionate mental health care for people who may need help managing their mental health while working from home. 

What can happen when I work from home? 

Working from home is a blessing for many, as it’s very convenient. Stress levels for those who used to have long commutes to office jobs have generally improved, giving them the ability to use time previously spent on stressful commutes to find more time for errands, housework, and recreational activities. 

However, there’s another side to the full-time work-from-home setup. By nature, people who work from home spend more time around the people who also live there. For parents, this can mean struggling to keep bored children occupied. For couples, the overload of time spent together may cause rifts in the relationship.

Young people, particularly young adults, are at increased risk of developing depression for a number of understandable reasons. A combination of isolation and stress, particularly during COVID-19 quarantines, caused depression rates to rise to an estimated 63% in this age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

How can I protect my mental health while working from home?

Despite these feelings of isolation, there are several things you can do to help yourself. The stress of working full-time during times of crisis is enough to create symptoms of depression in many people, but it’s important to know there are simple things you can do to combat the symptoms and protect your mental health. 

Exercise

It’s well-documented that exercise is good for both your physical health and your mental health. According to the Australian Department of Health, exercise releases endorphins and serotonin, hormones naturally produced by the brain that make you feel good. These same natural chemicals can help ease the symptoms of depression. 

Phone a friend or family member

Remember that isolation and loneliness can affect not just us, but also the people we love. FaceTiming a friend, or having just a regular telephone conversation, can not only help you feel less isolated, but also help you to maintain important relationships with the people who matter most.

Start or nurture a hobby

Whether you write poetry, create model ships, learn different exercises, or practice baking the perfect challah, a hobby isn’t just a welcomed distraction during stressful, isolated times, it’s also a good way to build a good skill that can bring you joy and comfort for as long as you use it. Keeping a journal may also be helpful, giving you insight into your own thoughts. 

Stick to a routine 

Sticking to a routine gives you a sense of structure, and that can help you stay accountable to things that help you stay healthy, like cooking and exercise. Your routine may inevitably include work, but could also include meditation, or the aforementioned check-in with friends or family.

I think I’m depressed. What should I do?

Depressive episodes are periods of two weeks or longer of feeling sad, compounded with other well-known symptoms.  If you think you may be living with depression, Dr. Ahuja has years of experience treating people living with this condition, and can help you, too. Call us at 310-426-8938 to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online today.

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