Routine is so important to many people. Individuals working from home may be missing out on their daily ritual of commuting. It can be tough to separate work & home lives, so some experts say adding a fake commute can help improve mental health. Routines & rituals set you up for what’s coming next, without really having to think about it – helping the day flow better.
Mental health benefits to a fake commute:
A fake commute can create a boundary between work and home, promotes movement and mindfulness, and establishing healthy routines. A fake commute involves using our normal commute time period transition and mentally set yourself up for the workday. Consider the following ideas:
Get dressed and walk out the door. From there, go grab the mail or take a brief walk
Turn your phone off. Setting your phone on “silent” or “do not disturb” can help you focus on the present and avoid distractions.
Get a workout in. Keep up with your exercise routine for some normalcy. Physical activity can help reduce problems with stress, mental health, sleep, all while boosting your immunity.
Make time for mental fitness. Emotional fitness is just as important ad physical fitness. Focus on incorporating self-care acts like meditation, reading a book, or yoga.
Prioritize your mental health by building out your routine and trying a fake commute in your workday. At Thams Agency, we care about people’s health & wellbeing. If you are an employer, feel free to share this with employees working from home!