How to deal with isolation working from home

  • By Aleks Szymanski
  • Published on July 2

Working from home can sometimes feel like being adrift in space - isolated and disconnected. However, you should embrace this solitude as an opportunity to focus without distractions. By setting up a dedicated workspace where you can immerse yourself in your tasks and personalize it with items that bring you comfort and motivation, you can create a cozy cocoon where you can thrive.

Establish a routine

Maintaining a routine is crucial for combating the sense of isolation that can creep in when working from home. Start your day with a clear plan of what needs to be accomplished. Set specific work hours and stick to them, just as you would in a traditional office environment. Having a sense of structure can help anchor you, and provide a sense of normality in your day.

Connect virtually

Although physical interactions can be limited when working from home, modern technology offers multiple ways to stay connected with colleagues and friends. Be sure to schedule regular ‘virtual’ meetings to touch base with coworkers, and maintain a sense of team camaraderie.

Plan social activities

Arrange to meet up with family and friends outside of work, and plan social activities you can look forward to. Go out for dinner, watch a film or sporting event, or simply spend some time with your loved ones. Always keep in mind that there is a whole world outside your home office!

Take regular breaks

Sometimes, the boundaries between work and your personal life can blur when working from home, leading to burnout, and increased feelings of solitude. To prevent this, take regular breaks to stretch, breathe, and recharge. Step outside for a short walk, or engage in a quick mindfulness exercise to reset your mind, and prevent feeling ‘trapped’, and detached.

Invest in hobbies

Having hobbies and interests outside of work is essential in maintaining a sense of balance, and warding off isolation. Dedicate some time each day to activities that bring you a sense of joy, whether that be painting, reading, gardening, or playing a musical instrument. These pursuits can serve as a creative outlet, and a source of fulfillment that reaches beyond the confines of your everyday work-from-home routine.

Seek support

Remember, it’s okay to acknowledge when feelings of isolation become overwhelming. Reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or mental health professional if you need support. Sharing your thoughts, and emotions, with others can provide a sense of relief, and perspective, while serving as a reminder that you’re not alone in navigating the challenges of remote work.

Working from home can be a rewarding experience, albeit with its own set of challenges. However, by taking the correct steps, you can maintain your productivity, and mental well-being, while thriving in your remote work environment.

Rest assured, you’re not alone in this journey. Stay connected, stay proactive, and, most importantly, stay kind to yourself as you navigate the complexities of working from home.