How to Stay Sane Working From Home
Author: Kelly Burstow Date Posted:6 April 2020
I realise how much I rely on the many external factors and associated routines of regular life. What I find most challenging about this new normal isn’t so much the extended periods at home, it’s the disruption of the micro-systems and routines that help me achieve my goals, with the responsibilities I have, at the level I strive for.
This week I read 25 Mental Health Fitness Tips for Quarantine written by New York Psychologist, Eileen Feliciano. It’s an excellent read. I recognised many things I have found useful for transitioning to spending long periods at home.
Some tips for Mental Health Wellness include the following:
- Stick to a routine
- Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have
- Get out at least once a day, for 30 minutes
- Find some time to move each day, for at least 30 minutes
- Reach out to others, at least once daily for 30 minutes
At the moment, I am working, studying and caring for my four children while at home. It’s quite a juggle and I have been working hard at establishing new routines. This includes getting up and getting ready for the day, even though I may not be going out. It really does help me get into work mode.
My Bamboo Body wardrobe pieces are perfect for working from home because they are super comfy yet classy (so I still look put-together for those online meetings!). I’ll share some of my favourite work-at-home pieces.
Work at Home Outfit Favs
All these outfit combos involve Bamboo Body Slouch Pants. I didn’t realise how much I needed these in my life! They are seriously more comfy than my PJs but have tailored tucks and a wide waist band so they sit like a classy pant. They take me from my sofa, to online meetings, out to get groceries and on my evening walks with the kids.
2. Bamboo Body Slouch Pants | Dark Emerald Sophie Top – The Sophie Top style is a firm favourite of mine. It comes in a variety of colours. You can wear it out, tuck it in, or tie it in a knot at the front.
Daily Routine Diary
Here’s a little snapshot of my daily work-from-home routine:
- 6:00am – I like to start my day with a hot coffee in bed. I do an hour or so of work in the morning while still in bed. I am especially productive in the morning so need to make the most of the time. Then I get up and make myself a tea.
- 9:00am – My Pilates classes have been moved online and I have been continuing with my exercise routine, even if I don’t feel like it. Tip: I find live-streaming classes are better for me than following a video because you know someone is there with you, just on the other side of the computer.
- 10:00am – After getting exercise done, I put on basic make up (see below for my quick make-up routine) and throw myself into work and study. Tip: I find writing a list of what I want to achieve each day helpful for staying on track. I also set up a designated craft space for the kids outside which helps keep them occupied.
- 2:00pm – If I have errands, I will usually do them in the afternoon time slot. On this particular day, I needed fresh fruit and veggies.
- 4:00pm – Each afternoon, I go for a walk with the kids. It’s been so lovely, and I am relishing the little time outside we enjoy together. I kept my slouch pants on (they are comfy for walking too), and threw on another one of my Bamboo Body Sophie Tops (Rust).
- 6:00pm – As a little luxury, I have been enjoying eating my lunch or dinner in a designated sitting spot while reading the news. I think it’s important to weave some little luxuries into the day.
- 10:00pm – I am busy doing family things until after 8pm, and then I usually try and get a little more work/study done before aiming to be in bed before 10.
Simple 5-Minutes Make-Up Routine
Wash my face and moisturise
BB cream or light foundation
Brush brows with eyebrow gel and use concealer under eyes
Add lip gloss on lips and rub a little lipstick/gloss into cheeks. Sometimes I add a lick of mascara to finish the look.
The last thing I would say is when I get frustrated – let’s be real, working from home with kids can be challenging – I make a point of being intentional about adjusting my mindset and finding things to be grateful for.
A very big THANK YOU to Kelly from Be A Fun Mum for taking the time to write this post for us. It is a very strange time as we adjust to 'the new normal' and we think it helps to share ideas on how to balance that delicate seesaw of work involvement and family commitment while still taking care of your mental well-being.