Telework: Protect Your Mental Health When Working from Home

Thursday, May 7, 2020

We’ve all been affected by the emergence of the COVID-19 coronavirus – especially in the ways we carry out our work responsibilities. According to Dr. Jill Newby, associate professor of psychology at the University of New South Wales, working remotely can leave employees feeling isolated and disconnected from others. Among other common feelings are being unable to stay motivated or “switch off” from work.

In an article on Black Dog Institute website, Newby offers five tips and ways to help you not only stay productive while working from home but to take care of yourself mentally and emotionally:

  • Set up a routine for each workday.
  • Create a separate workplace within your home.
  • Keep in touch with your managers and co-workers.
  • Keep away from digital gadgets in the evenings.
  • Keep a positive attitude and focus on the benefits of working from home.   

The state of North Carolina encourages all its employees and partners to take special care in protecting their mental health during these challenging times. Employees can take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program, which offers free support and resources for addressing personal or work-related challenges and concerns.  
 
Click here to read the full article and to see other helpful links on how to keep yourself psychologically healthy while working from home.

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