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The homeoffice experience

It has been more than twelve weeks now that I have been a teacher of merely online classes for my commercial college students. Sometimes it is hard not to go mad, working and living and just being at home all the time, even practising yoga and participating in virtual dance classes at home…. puh!

Here are some things I have found that have helped me keep my sanity in my “home office/ work space”:

  1. Light a candle next to your laptop/ on your desk.
  2. Position your laptop in front of a window.
  3. Always have enough water to drink nearby.
  4. Schedule regular breaks from looking at the screen.
  5. Put flowers next to your laptop.
  6. Do not do household chores between tasks. It adds to the stress level.
  7. Plan one longer break: motivate for a quick yoga practice (10-15 minutes).
  8. Have something to look forward to: a good lunch dish, a phone call with a friend, a new book, a walk, ….

I have also found it hard to separate my private life from my working hours – as a teacher, that is normal, since I usually teach at school but prepare lessons and correct assignments at home. With my boyfriend sharing “my”/ our home office and everything else taking place in the walls of our flats, however, sometimes it feels as if the walls are closing in and if my professional and my private life get mixed up all the time.

Here are some strategies that have helped me in the last weeks to really have time off:  

  1. Choose different rooms for your free time activities: When I work in the office, I do yoga in the living room. When I work in the living room (because my boyfriend uses the office), I practice yoga in the evening in the office.
  2. Go for long walks every two days. No phone, no music, just nature.
  3. Screen-free time: switch off all devices between 8 pm and 7 am.
  4. Listen to relaxing music in the afternoon/ evening: you can find lots on youtube for free.
  5. Read books that are fun. J Paperbacks….
  6. Talk to friends that are positive and boost your energy.
  7. On a bad day: share your feelings/ distress with someone that understands, yet does not make you feel worse.
  8. Cuddle the people you are allowed to cuddle with. ♡or cats

Do you have other ideas? As I am not sure how long mine will help, feel free to share. 🙂

Author: carasmelody

daydreamer, hopelessly hopeful, I love the power of words, I love poems, words are soulfood

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