Happy Friday, Remote Work Tribe, and welcome back to another Weekly Roundup! With two days of relaxation ahead and the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, we figured there was no better time to discuss remote work self-care.
While remote employees might have been working from home throughout this pandemic, it’s no secret that times have been tough. Between the stress of a novel virus, spending time away from friends and loved ones, and maintaining finances during a time of economic instability, it’s safe to say that we’ve all felt the pressure of 2020.
That’s where the necessity of remote work self-care comes in.
When we neglect our personal needs to cater only to our professional responsibilities, it can take a major toll on our overall mental health. If you’ve been following along with our ebook, “Burnout: A Remote Worker’s Biggest Opponent” you’ll know that one of the first stages of burnout is neglecting our wants and needs to focus solely on work. It’s crucial to take the time to engage in self-care activities that relax and rejuvenate both the body and mind.
Jim Moss, VP of Well-Being at YMCA, recently reached out to his Twitter network to see what they preferred for remote work self-care.
The answers quickly came pouring in, ranging from running and yoga to meditation.
Early morning outdoor running. Winter, spring, summer, fall. Very slow start and progress to a decent pace. Mix it up too: trails, roads, track, intervals, hills. Keep it interesting. 2 tips: running in a group is more fun; ditch the earbuds & listen to nature.— Steve Sherlock (@SteveSherlock21) November 17, 2020
To be honest, I need a whole toolkit of things because not one method seems consistently effective at regulating me. I use meditation, yoga, doing nothing without judgment, crying, walking, yardwork, gratitude, running, reading and I’m trying new things all the time.— Danette (@danette_adams) November 17, 2020
Going outside in a forested area for a walk. Fresh air, scenery, and exercise gets me outside the stress zone and restores my energy. Every time. Helps if it’s a bit chilly too so I walk briskly.— Sherida Charles (@SilveryCurls) November 17, 2020
What activities do you prefer for remote work self-care? Tweet us @RemoteWorkTribe and let us know!
But before you go, check out what the Remote Work Tribe was up to on Twitter this week.
The Tribe’s Weekly Vibes
1. This reminder to keep the spread of knowledge in routine circulation.
2. This simple guide to success.
3. This discreet cry for help.
4. This endorsement for nixing unnecessary meetings.
5. These juvenile steps to becoming an effective leader.
6. This unimaginable task of a Zoom call.
7. This is not fake news.
8. This proof that the pups aren’t having it with the consistent Zoom calls anymore.
9. This critical reminder to stop undermining your abilities.
10. This perfect reminder that sometimes retweeting raccoons is the best form of remote work self-care for a stressed creative.