If 2020 has taught us anything, it's that our happiness and health, and of course, those closest to us matter the most.
This year we saw nearly 5 million more Canadians start working from home. But how does someone suddenly start working from home if they've never had the resources to properly manage their work-life balance? How do they maintain health self-care habits, manage a household, have a social life and meet all their work deadline?
The concept isn't very surprising. But what is alarming, is the number of people experiencing burnout at a faster rate than ever before. Lemongrass House wants to help shed light on the issue and help bring awareness around better self-care habits and practicing and how to get life back without the stress.
This month, we will be featuring weekly blog content giving insights on how to better manage working from home. To start, here's a list of possible signs that you might be "Zoomed Out" and things that you think may be helping, but in reality, they are causing more harm than good.
How many are on your list?
6 Signs You Are "Zoomed Out"
One of the most common signs of being rundown is the good, old snooze button. The average person needs about 6-8 hours of sleep a night to ensure they are well rested, their bodies have had a chance to replenish and, of course, to maintain good mental health. If you find that after 6-8 hours sleep you are hitting snooze button and sleeping another 2 hours, this could be a sign that your body is telling you it needs to rest properly - away from stress.
When you miss a night of sleep, your body feels tired. But if it's only one day, you can typically pull through and just head to bed early the following night. Problem solved. Now imagine being awake for hours, not being able to fall asleep, waking up multiple times, tossing and turning... all those stress related reactions have a HUGE impact on your overall sleep. A healthy person should be able to fall asleep within no more than 30 minutes. Is it stress? Overthinking? Caffeine too late? Which brings us to the next point
Mid Day Crash
Everyone experiences a lull in the day. Energy dips, almost closing time, whatever the case may be. But there's a difference between needing to get up and walk around the house or outside for 15 minutes compared to dying without coffee or any caffeinated beverages. The half life of coffee is about 5 hours. So the more you are adding to your body, the more your body carries it over. When a person experiences a good night's sleep, a single cup of coffee (and sometimes none at all) is more than enough. When consuming so much caffeine to make up for your mid day crash, your body goes into panic mode adding all kinds of unhealthy stress to you brain chemicals, organs and mental wellbeing.
So what do all those things have to do with being "Zoomed Out?" They all contribute to your stress. These things all happen before you even start your workday. University of Guelph professor, Nita Chhinzer, talked recently about working from home and the negative impacts its had. More people are losing motivation, asking themselves "what's the point" and becoming easily distracted from their actual workload. On top of that, there has been this increase on "creating work culture online" which is added pressure for new WFH employees to manage and "make it work." When we sat in offices, a quick walk-by someone's desk or an email was enough. Now, since the pandemic, the need to force work culture using video programs is a common theme. But in reality, did that really have to be a Zoom call? All of these factors are forcing people to overwork themselves and develop unhealthy habits.
A common thread people are witnessing, is the decrease in "downtime" activities. Whether it's unwinding before bed with a good book, watching your favourite Netflix series or even cooking dinner with your loved ones. More people are spending less time doing the things they enjoy. Why? We are exhausted. The thought of doing any of those just adds to the stress and we would much rather sleep. The problem? We wake up and do it all over again.
Feeling Isolated at Home
Working from home was originally a "cool" start-up concept that promoted healthy living and a lifestyle that allows you to do what you want, when you want. For a lot of people, this wasn't for them. They loved being at the office, seeing people, getting out of the house and then returning home and leaving work at the office. With WFH rates increases, more people don't have the luxury to "leave work at the office." Instead their familiar environment has been ripped from their daily routine and suddenly, there's a loss of connection with people, it's harder to separate work from home and it's also nearly impossible for some to know when the work day is done.
All these signs are normal given the situation of the world. And you aren't alone.
This month, we are dedicating our content channels to educating folks on what this looks like, how to prevent it and how regain that healthy control of your life again.
Our next post on Monday October 5th will showcase how to actually manage these symptoms and insights on healthy habits you can start right away. Looking to start today? Well, we have just the thing! For the month of October, we have marked selected products at 50% off to help promote and encourage acts of self care.