Working online from home seems to be the most picture perfect scenario anyone can imagine. Earning a work from home income obviously offers it advantages but with it comes a certain mental stress that is easily overlooked until you’ve actually experience it. With the growth and success many are achieving in online marketing more people are starting a small business in their homes. Although this does allow for folks to escape the traditional ‘rat race’ as we know it, these types of businesses are still fertile grounds for work related stress. No longer ‘slaving away’ in a ‘formal’ work environment no doubt offers its attractions but work is still work. The associated tensions and anxieties still exist and need to be addressed.
Due mainly to the solitude or isolation online entrepreneurs typically experience when working at home many stress related issues often go unnoticed. This can set the stage for even greater damaging effects if this stress is left unchecked.
Recognizing it does exist and can not be avoided, here are 5 tips to help reduce the mental stress experienced when working at home.
Schedule Your Work Hours
It is important that you have pre-defined hours in which you conduct your work. Like a regular job you need start on time and avoid the habit of ‘lingering’ at work since it’s right there in the home.
The hours that you set aside for work need to be maintained consistently. Don’t allow the distractions/temptation of the home environment to disrupt this schedule.
Leave Work at the Desk
Once you’ve completed your work for the day walk away and forget about it. Having your work set up in the home may tempt you to ‘sneak’ in a little overtime since it is right there.
Discipline yourself to let work go till the next day. Whether you’re aware of it or not you need the break to recharge your mind, energy and spirit.
Finding the Humor
As you know things don’t always go according to plan so when the unexpected happens don’t dwell on it but rather try to find the humor in it and let it go.
Schedule Personal Time
Schedule time for your personal life and maintain this schedule. It is important to maintain a ‘balance’ in your life between personal and professional pursuits in order to keep your mind and spirits healthy.
Realize that you personal endeavors are just as important, if not more so, then your profession since they better define who you are. Remember you work primarily to pay the bills so don’t let this aspect of your life dominate you!
Consciously ‘Slow Down’
Pay closer attention to your level of intensity as you work since subconsciously we have a tendency get too caught up in it leading to increased tension. If need be take the time to deliberately slow yourself down and take the ‘edge’ off. As your tension eases you will find your thoughts become clearer and your productivity increases.
Although working online from home does offer many freedoms it does not eliminate work related stress. When starting a small business in your home it is important to realize that stress could in fact take an even greater toll on you. Many online entrepreneurs enjoy earning a work from home income but also burn out quickly due to this stress. By consistently practicing the 5 tips we discussed above there is no reason you can’t find long lasting financial success in the stress free environment of your home.
You are not stress, aren’t you?
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