Top Tips for Remote Work Wellbeing – Stress Awareness Month

Top Tips for Remote Work Wellbeing (This Stress Awareness Month & Beyond!)

Remote work offers a variety of benefits including a better work-life balance, increased productivity, and no morning commute, but it can also blur the lines and lead to stress. Juggling work deadlines, feelings of isolation, and that ever-present fridge. April is Stress Awareness Month and this year’s theme is #littlebylittle. PSTAX, a fully remote team ourselves, is here to help!

We’ve compiled our top tips and tricks for maintaining wellbeing while working from home. From creating a dedicated workspace to mastering the art of the micro-break, these strategies will help you to thrive in your remote environment.

To put these tips into action, we’ve also developed a one-week remote work well-being challenge. Throughout the week, we’ll provide daily prompts and activities designed to boost your energy, focus, and overall happiness.
So, ditch the joggers (or maybe not, comfort is key!), grab a cup of cuppa, and get ready to transform your remote work experience. Let’s prioritise our well-being together!

Our Tips for Remote Work De-Stress – Weekly Wellbeing Challenge

Goal: To incorporate small stress-relieving practices into your daily routine.
Instructions:

  • Each day has a suggested activity.
  • Tick off the activity as you complete it.
  • Share your experiences and tips.

Day 1: Move Your Body
Challenge: Commit to 30 minutes of physical activity today. This could be a walk, a jog, a home exercise video, or even some dancing in your living room!

Day 2: Disconnect to Reconnect
Challenge: Schedule dedicated “focus time” during your workday. Turn off notifications on your phone and other devices to minimise distractions. During your breaks, step away from work completely.

Day 3: Gratitude Boost
Challenge: Take five minutes each morning to write down three things you’re grateful for. This can be anything from a supportive colleague to a delicious cup of coffee.

Day 4: Healthy Lunch Break
Challenge: Pack a healthy and nutritious lunch today. Avoid processed foods and sugary drinks. Focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources.

Day 5: Mindful Moment
Challenge: Practice a short mindfulness exercise during your workday. Here’s a simple one: Take five deep breaths, focusing on your breath and letting go of any thoughts or worries that arise.

Day 6: Get Creative
Challenge: Engage in 20 minutes of creative activity like colouring, drawing, playing a musical instrument, or writing. Creative expression can be a powerful tool for managing stress.

Day 7: Digital Detox
Challenge: Set a specific window of time in the evening where you disconnect from all electronic devices. Read a book, spend time with loved ones, or simply relax with no screens.

By incorporating these tips and the accompanying challenges into your routine, you can create a remote work environment that fosters both productivity and well-being. Remember, even small changes can make a big difference!

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John Harling

Written by John Harling

John is an employment taxes expert and has more than 25 years’ experience of working with public sector bodies in all aspects of PAYE, National Insurance and benefits in kind. He spent five years as a PAYE Auditor with the Inland Revenue (as was) before spending the next 15 working in the “Big 4” specialising in advising local authorities, emergency services and other public sector bodies. This included 11 years at PwC where he led the employment taxes side of the PwC/CIPFA Tax Advisory Service. He joined PSTAX in 2012 and is the longest serving member of the Employment Taxes team.

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