Identifying stress when working from home

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Managing Stress While Remote Working

Understanding Stress in Remote Work

Stress affects remote workers just as it does those in traditional workplaces. Often, individuals may not even realise they are experiencing stress.

Signs of Stress While Remote Working

Stress can manifest in various ways, including:

  • Negative Feelings Towards Job: Feeling disheartened about your work.
  • Tiredness and Exhaustion: Constant fatigue despite resting.
  • Depression: Feeling low and unmotivated.
  • Low Performance: Decline in productivity and quality of work.
  • Communication Issues: Difficulty interacting effectively with others.
  • Temperament Changes: Becoming easily irritable or upset.
  • Preference for Office Environment: Wishing to return to the workplace rather than continuing remote work.

Impact of Remote Working on Mental Health

Remote working can exacerbate depression; during the pandemic, 18% reported experiencing depression compared to 5% previously.

Strategies to Reduce Stress and Depression

To mitigate stress and depression, consider these strategies:

  • Establish Work-Life Balance: Separate work area from personal space to disconnect after work hours.
  • Open Communication: Discuss concerns with colleagues and employers.
  • Set a Routine: Maintain a structured schedule to maintain productivity.
  • Maintain Social Connections: Stay in touch with colleagues and friends for support.
  • Manage Expectations: Prioritise tasks effectively and avoid unnecessary pressure.

Seek support from employers and family if experiencing stress or depression, as addressing mental health issues is crucial for well-being.

For further insights into mental health, explore our other videos on managing mental ill-health.