For 8 weeks, anxiety and burn out almost got the better of me and I was facing a difficult time handling them despite the fact that I was already working from home for the past year but the constant 24/7 on call was not giving me time to breath or rest.
During those 8 weeks, my physical health worsened, dark circles and unhealthy skin come hand in hand now and I don't remember the last time I did something for myself and only for me as a form of self care.
The only way I was to get through this is to find out what works for me and what doesn't, I had to find a way to create balance again or at least try.
I was encouraged to share this post because it's mental health awareness week and my mental health suffered the past two months on a level that was new to me so here's to my mental well-being and what I can do on a daily basis to help me be and feel better:
First step: Acknowledge that your mental well being is a priority and that you need to become more self aware to untangle it.
Now let's reflect on what worked for me and helped me (keeping in mind that I'm still putting a lot of effort to keep this going and that it's not just a one time thing)
Learn to say NO to the hustle culture and enough with the pressure to work 24/7.
It's easy to get sucked in it as the boundaries between home and work start to overlap, remember NO is a more beautiful word than you think.
Creating a routine works well for me specially to my working hours, I need to work on this more but for now, time blocking is working. You can check more about it here
This step helps me the most, connect with your favorite people; virtual quality talks are great to lift you up and help you recharge but be ware of energy vampires, you wouldn't want to fall into that trap, would you?
Another step is be mindful, staying at home and spending all that time alone or without being social may irritate you faster than usual and you might lash out on some of your family members. Before your reach that point make sure to take a moment, think about it and breathe.
Last one, if you're a pet owner, spend time with them and feed off their love as well as shower them with yours, there isn't a better time to connect with them more and also they will keep your company and help you stay sane.
I still have a long way to go to handle my anxiety better and to improve my mental health, but at least the start is now.
Working from home is the new norm and it's not as bad as some may think, what we need to shift is our mindset and how we handle the WFH life rather than shifting where we work just because we don't think we have the power to change things now.