Working from home certainly seems like the ideal scenario. However, remote employees often learn quickly that virtual work comes with its own set of stresses. When your office is in the next room, work can call to you at all hours of the day and night. The lines between “home” and “work” get blurred, which can lead to stress.
Here are strategies you can use to manage stress as a remote worker.
Get an Office and Set Boundaries
Working in your living room or kitchen may seem smart, but you should have a designated office in order to maintain boundaries between work life and home life. A defined office sets clear boundaries between “home” and “work” for those times you aren’t traveling. And when you are done for the day, don’t bring your laptop into your home space, don’t answer work emails from your phone or take work calls.
Make Time to Socialize
Working from home means you don’t have colleagues dropping by your desk or interrupting you throughout the day. However, it can also mean you’re isolated. As a sales professional you will travel, spending time with people is important. Schedule lunches with your friends or clients, go to happy hour with people you enjoy, etc. Just make time to get out of the house and interact with other people.
Take a Vacation
Sometimes a few days off are all you need to recharge your batteries. If you’re feeling stressed, take a vacation. Leave your laptop at home and let your boss and colleagues know you’ll be off the grid for a few days. Even if you don’t actually take a trip, it’s good to completely separate from work every now and then.
Talk to Your Boss
Odds are high your boss may not know how stressed you are. When you don’t work in the office, it’s easy for managers to forget to check in with you to see how things are going. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, schedule a video chat meeting with your boss so you can talk face to face about your workload and stress level.
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