If you find yourself working from home more frequently these days, or if you are working completely remotely, it seems difficult to opt out of social invitations. However, choosing to put the unity of colleagues and team above physical and mental health is not only your problem…it is also a problem of your team’s happiness. 

Explore bad remote work habits, which may inhibit your physical and mental health and thus affect your overall performance.

Bad Habits You Think are No Big Deal

Socrates said “Know yourself”, I think he specifically refers to the transition from working in the office to working at home. 

Knowing yourself means knowing what your limits are, how to work best, and what kind of support systems you need. To work in the best way (and to avoid burnout).

For me, I need too much time alone, some aerobic exercise every day, and a lot of coffee in the morning (however, I don’t drink coffee after 12 noon, This is the rule, so I can sleep at night) 

The point is: I know that if I violate any of these basic principles, I will fall into a downward spiral of anxiety. I am prone to depression and many other interesting psychopathology symptoms. 

But of course, your triggers and support system are different from mine. This is why you need to know yourself so that you are ready to perform at your best without burnout or other mental health stress. 

For your body, if you start to have a fever, it is easy to know what is wrong, but your mind, these signs are a bit difficult to read, especially when many “Hey, something is wrong here” signs are accepted by society. 

(For example, the last time you approached your colleague and said: I’m very tired; I’m finishing the report all night? This is my fourth cup of coffee this morning," they replied, "Yes, I am very sorry. Do what you have to do”.) 

Feelings should be treated as data that can tell you when you are working too hard or just inefficient. So if your feeling is tired, stressed, exhausted, embarrassed, sad, exhausted, insecure, or Fear, so your job is to listen. 

Of course, the risk of working at home is that many people’s common triggers are hidden, sometimes even disguised as “normal.” 

For example, these are some of the difficulties of working at home that significantly affect their mental health High achievers: 

  • 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, accessibility and usability, 
  • Never rest
  • Fear of looking “lazy”, 
  • Minimum sleep time, 
  • “Check your phone again” before going to bed or exercising, etc. 
  • Update you before going to bed (You might say to yourself: “This will make me feel better. I just want to find out” No, it won’t, it will never make anyone feel better.)
  • Agree to answer the call at an inconvenient time, just to behave well… . 
  • And other things that we all often do because we believe in “we should do this.” 

“Assumptions” create a misalignment between the so-called “ideal self” and the “true self.” The greater the gap, the pain we feel And the more suffering. 

In addition, when your ideal self is an unreal and unsustainable version of success (this may happen when you work remotely and regularly contact other workaholics), you suffer from failure, suffering, and a series of problems is solved for mental health. 

Maintain the same standards every day-it’s easy to feel guilty when you spend an inefficient WFH day. There will be a few days or weeks of work efficiency will be very high, some days or weeks will be very struggling. Don’t blame yourself for the days when you can only check your inbox before noon. Give yourself time to recharge, fail or be distracted, decide what you can learn from those “rest” days, and then move on. 

It is important to remember that mental health does not just affect you. It can also affect your performance in the workplace, marriage, parenting style, or ability to connect with friends. 

When it Comes to Your Health, Some Little Things are Important 

I wrote this article to order in a different way at a customer’s dinner because usually, the things that have the greatest impact on our mental health seem to be really trivial and insignificant. 

I hope that when you consider your mental health, when you talk about remote work, the most important thing is often irrelevant. For example, don’t check email after 9:00 pm or make sure you have a real conversation with someone during the day, even if it’s just a delivery guy (just kidding, but not really?). 

When you “know yourself”, you are better able to set appropriate limits to stay sane while working from home. For example, if you know that you perform best when you have 8 to 9 hours of good sleep, designing your habit of working from home so that you sleep better is one of the most responsible things you can do . 

Or, if you sleep for 5-6 hours but need to exercise for an hour a day to relieve stress, then you also need to make sure to include it in your schedule. 

The little things that make you feel better-and respect them-are what keeps you from becoming anxiety, depression, or other mental health problems while working at home. 

Taking care of yourself can not only help you, but also everyone around you. 

For example, if your team wants you to be able to reach you immediately every time you call, they will continue to call you every time. think. If you work from home and the line between “work time” and “family time” is very blurred, then “instant access” will immerse you in a good time with your kids or friends.