Sorry, this is a long one, but this particular thought has been on my mind all summer. When you work from home, it’s easy to put yourself in a bubble and remove yourself from the rest of the world around you; your friends, your family, the sunshine, fresh air. It’s easy to let the days slip through your fingers. It’s easy to stop taking care of yourself because there’s nowhere for you to go therefore no place/ no one to get ready to go see. It’s easy to sit around all day and throw a pity party for yourself about how you never get out anymore.
It’s easy to miss life.
It’s easy because mentally, you ARE working, and you ARE focused. It's another story emotionally. You're subconsciously creating bad habits by not showering everyday, not taking yourself out of the house more than twice each week, not investing in your hobbies. You don’t know what you’re doing to yourself until you wake up one day wondering where you’re friends went, wondering why you feel sick all the time and why you constantly find yourself in a state of sadness.
I’m at my happiest when I alternate my time alone to recharge, and my time with people. I’m an introvert who works at home.
You’d think working at home would be an introverts dream, right?
Please don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE my job. I work as a virtual assistant and could not be more excited to have a job that is so flexible, so complementary to my gifts and abilities, and with such an amazing boss (my mom).
But sometimes I get lonely and I find myself missing life around me, especially during the summer. It energizes me to talk to people after a week of being at home, so I have to force myself to make plans and get out of the house.
Side note:Being introverted does NOT mean that I don’t like people.
If you are introverted, and you work at home, and you find yourself in the same position as I often do, here are a few tips that might help you enjoy your life just a bit more:
- Take a shower every day- I know this sounds silly, but I’m serious. Take CARE of yourself. If you work from home too, I know you know what I’m talking about.
- Dress for success- After you take a shower: GET DRESSED. I don’t mean get back into your pajamas. Studies have shown us that dressing for success is more than just a motto about how others may perceive you. The clothing you wear greatly affects your mental state.
- Go for a daily walk- If you don’t already have plans to get out of the house, take a walk around the block. Soak up the vitamin D, listen to some music, get those legs moving, and boost your serotonin! This will instantly put you in a better mood. (Bonus points if you phone a friend and take them with you.)
- Set goals for yourself- Want to lose weight? You work at home, start with body weight exercises during your break times! Want to start investing in your photography? Take pictures on your daily walks and don’t go the same route twice! Want to travel but still need to make a living? You work at HOME, odds are you can take your work on trips with you and explore when you have a break.
No more excuses. LIVE YOUR LIFE.
I hope this post was encouraging to some extent and was helpful to you in any way. You are not alone, it’s very normal to feel that way especially when you work from home (or any job that requires you to sit at a desk or in front of a computer all day every day).
What are some of YOUR hobbies that you’d like to start investing in?