While most people have far more positive’s than negative’s when comparing their work at home life versus their previous traditional jobs, there are still those moments when life seemed so much easier on the outside. Many people face new obstacles that they are challenged with that could be helped with creating a more “zenful” work at home atmosphere.
Working at home can create a lot of pressure or the feeling of having a lot on your shoulders. Although there is no supervisor breathing down your neck, you still feel a level of pressure from an inner voice saying that you need to prove that you don’t need to be supervised constantly.
Loneliness is another common complaint from many people who have decided to work from home. A good majority of people work while they are home alone. While you may think that would be the ideal setting (because honestly, it can be almost impossible to get anything done with distractions from other people), it can make you feel very isolated and depressed.
There are a few quotes floating around on the internet about the dangers of being left alone with your thoughts. Working from home can give you the luxury of freedom, yet the consequence of a roaming, unsupervised mind can be overwhelming. Keeping your focus can be tricky, especially when there are distractions (and trust me, there will always be distractions to encounter).
Here are 5 Zenful tips to help you throughout the day when working from home:
1. Take a break.
Go outside for some fresh air or go face-plant your pillow for a few while you recollect your thoughts. Breaks are also a good time to meditate, which can be done practically anywhere. The point is for you to get up, go somewhere else, and give your mind a much needed break.
2. Utilize aromatherapy.
Essential oils are great tools that are frequently used for decluttering the mind. Some common scents of aromatherapy oils used for relaxation if you’re a bit anxious or stressed are lavender, vanilla, and chamomile oil. Or, if you are experiencing the complete opposite and need help with energy or focusing, you may want to try lemon, frankincense, or ylang ylang oil.
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4. Eliminate distractions.
Turn off the television and don’t even think about checking something out on YouTube. If you work on your computer, it can be tempting to go to your favorite sites out of habit. Try to avoid those impulses because one site usually leads to another and another … 30 minutes later, you’ve gotten nothing accomplished that is work-related.
Need help blocking out online distractions? Try an app like Freedom which has been featured on Oprah Magazine, Time, and USA Today.
5. Exercise and eat healthy.
Yoga is a great exercise that almost anyone can do. Plus, you don’t need to get all hot and sweaty for yoga to be beneficial. Want more reasons to do yoga? This article explains how it not only reduces stress, but it also helps increase focus.
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Emily Belcher is the blogger behind TheUnextreme.com, where she enjoys writing about various topics from toxic mold to life as a work at home mom. She also writes for some of the top coupon and nursing websites as a freelance writer and editor. Some of her hobbies include hiking with her husband and young son in beautiful North Carolina, practicing yoga, and reading tarot cards.