Blurred Lines Between Work and Home
Lines can often feel blurred when it comes to separating home and work. When you're working from home, everything you do is in your living space, which is completely different than going into a physical office.
It's really important to have a designated space where you can do work in your home so your body naturally creates differentiation between work and rest. This space, even if it is just a corner of a living room or bedroom with a divider, becomes a place where you are able to focus on your work day. This is crucially important not only for helping you focus during your day as a provider, but also to allow the rest of your home to remain a space of refuge for your non-work related life.
Increased Screen Time
The use of screens increases when work becomes digital which can definitely be draining. Remote work, with its increased screen time, can be fatiguing on your eyes and brain because your eyes are constantly having to focus on a screen with a certain type of light while maneuvering between various pages, documents, and programs. After work it's important to take some time to do things that don't actually involve a screen. Maybe you opt to take a walk, read a book, listen to music, or do something else that allows you to be present and immersed in your environment.
Adjusting to A Singular Location
Feeling static in your own home can also be difficult when you’re used to associating work with a commute that allows you to mentally prepare for your work day ahead. Transitioning to the home workspace can mean your commute is reduced from a car, bus, or train ride into a few steps within your own home. Not only does the work from home life change your pre-work routine, it also reduces interpersonal interactions that we become so used to.
It takes some time to adjust to these changes, but one of the main benefits of this life-change is that we must become more intentional with our time outside the home and with our interaction with others. By running a remote practice, you will have the time and motivation to explore your area and seek out meaningful social interactions outside of the workplace. This can be an incredibly eye-opening and enriching experience.