Working from Home & Home Schooling: Healthy Home Tips

“Worrying about the past creates depression; Worrying about the future creates anxiety all that matters is the present.”

 

COVID-19 has catapulted many of us into a set of entirely new circumstances where we are having to work from home and home-school our children. Throughout my career, I have juggled working from home with a new-born through to high school age. When my son was a baby, I was working on multiple interior projects and found this very hard. But one thing I had on my side was that he did love to nap, so I would set aside this time to get my work done.

A big problem for me was losing concentration when changing between the two roles. Still, eventually, I found my groove and settled into a routine. I believe that structure is the key to keeping yourself sane during this time. However, children are very unpredictable, so no two days are quite the same.

My advice is to not put too much pressure on yourself and praise yourself for doing the best job you can, this is something that I have learnt both through experience and age. I used to be my own worst critic and beat myself up if I wasn’t achieving. I now realised that worrying about the past creates depression and worrying about the future creates anxiety; all that matters is the present.

Working from home and home-schooling routine

 

Although I have worked from home with my children, I never have home-schooled as well, so this aspect was utterly new to me. I felt in two minds about home-schooling, I would be great at all the arty things. Still, I’m not an academic, so I did feel somewhat overwhelmed some of the educational tasks such as mathematics.

Initially, I tried to create a typical school day, but pretty soon I realised that this was too much for both myself and my son and there was no time left in the day to get any of my work done. I knew this was going to be trial and error so we now focus on schoolwork between 9 am and 12 pm then my son can have free time, and I can get on with work, and this seems to work for us.

I have found that structure is essential for both of us so that we know what we are doing for the day. We have had so many laughs from baking disasters to innocent words in books sounding rude. This time is precious, and I’m enjoying teaching my son new things, and I have found myself learning along the way to.

 

A healthy home a healthy mind

 

In addition to the working day, it is also essential that you have the right environment to work in. If like myself you don’t have a separate room to work in you will have to become more organised and utilise the space you do have to its full potential. Creating an area that is both harmonious and organised will be the key to success.

In Feng Shui, it is said that our homes are an outward reflection of how we feel on the inside. A cluttered and disorganised home will make us feel unmotivated and will not be able to support us when we want to home school our children and work.

I have put together some top tips to help you to create both a productive and harmonious environment to not just survive these times but to help you to thrive.

Top Tips

Daily Routine

Be Present 
“Worrying about the past creates depression; Worrying about the future creates anxiety all that matters is the present.”
  • Get up every morning and get dressed, do your hair and make-up if this is what makes you feel good. It’s all about creating the right mindset for the day ahead. Sitting around in your PJs will not make you feel motivated.                                                                                          
  • Get the children washed and dressed so that they too feel motivated for a day ahead at home school.                                                                                                                                                          
  • Structure your day; this helps both of you to know what to expect from the day.                                               
  • Be present, concentrate on the task at hand. When you are home-schooling be present in that and when you are working be present in that to, try not to think about all the things you could be doing.                                                                                                                           
  • Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and praise yourself for doing the best job you can.

Top Tips

Home Environment

Be Present 
“Worrying about the past creates depression; Worrying about the future creates anxiety all that matters is the present.”
  • Take a couple days off to de-clutter and get organised so that you can get everything in its place, this will help you to feel more in control and less stressed.                                             
  • Wherever you have decided to work from clear out a nearby cupboard and draws and set up all the things you will need for working from home and home-schooling. Keeping everything together means you won’t waste your time running around looking for your belongings.                                  
  • Keep the room you are working from organised as clutter can cause stress and anxiety. When your home is disorganised, you are more likely to feel unmotivated.                                        
  • Draw curtains back as far as possible and keep blinds up during the day, to let the natural light flood the room. Natural light makes us feel better and can relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).                                                                                               
  • Open windows throughout the day to replenish stale and toxic air; which comes from heating, cooking, cleaning and indoor furnishings. Indoor air pollution can cause cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat and tiredness.                                                                                   
  • At the end of each day, pack-away all your things, mainly if you use a lounge area to work in. It is essential to wind down in a space that is relaxing, not reminding you of what you need to do tomorrow.

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