How to Cope with the January Blues When Working From Home

“Even if you love your job, returning to work after the Christmas break can always be hard, for a number of reasons. With January championing the title of the nation’s least favourite month, it’s important to keep your head up and tackle the seasonal blues. In our guide we have some great ways to cope with feeling down when working from home, so you can set yourself off for a better start to the year.

Build a routine
When working from home, the boundaries between work and home life can often become blurred, so establishing a clear routine is essential. Try getting into bed at the same time each night, and set your alarm to the same time also. Getting your bodyclock in line will really help you stay awake and work from home productively throughout the day.

Take a look at some of the Best Morning Routines to Start Your Day Off Right when working from home.

Get moving
Not only is regular exercise essential for maintaining health, but it can also help tackle the winter blues. Studies show that working out causes the release of endorphins in the body, which interact with the brain to reduce pain. As such, those that work out regularly tend to feel much happier in themselves. Whilst gyms and other facilities remain closed, there are a number of alternative options available to help ensure you’re getting your daily exercise. There are a wide range of workout videos available on Youtube if you’re looking to target specific areas of your body, or if you’re just looking to get fit, a simple walk or jog around the block can be just as beneficial. Try forms of Yoga or Tai Chi if you’re looking to relieve stress and relax your muscles.

Do more of what you love
When you’re working from home, it’s nice to have something to look forward to, whether that be after the working day or at the weekend. Although circumstances have caused leisure and hospitality facilities to close, there are a number of great activities you can get involved in during your free time. Here are just a few ideas:

Create a scrapbook

Watch your favourite TV series

Go on a hike

Read a new book

Take a virtual cooking class

Bake sugar cookies

Host a virtual games night with friends

Have an indoor spa day

Take a break
When working from home, it can be very easy to get heavily distracted, whether that be by children, pets, or even your phone. To reduce the risk of distraction, consider shifting your schedule so that you can have regular breaks throughout the day. Working with breaks has proven to be much more effective, especially whilst working from home. While the sun may not be shining in January (in the UK especially), take your breaks outside to feel the true benefit. Short breaks will bring you a burst of energy, and will get you set to produce your best quality work.”