There are plenty of modern stresses that come with study and work. Deadlines, workloads, exams, performance ratings… the list goes on. And when you compound these stresses into an unusual environment, such as a sudden transition to working or studying from home, it can seem impossible to stay positive.
If you’ve begun to work from home, are searching for jobs from home, or if your studies have been relocated to your apartment or family household, we’ve put together some helpful suggestions to keep yourself happy from home.
How to Stay Happy From Home
With a number of workforces, schools and universities transferring into a work/study from home structure in 2020, it’s not a stretch to believe that working and studying from home may become the norm in the future – but that doesn’t sit well with everyone. If you thrive in an office environment, or if being surrounded by your classmates encourages you to study, you’ll likely start feeling stifled in a home environment.
So, what can you do to be happy from home?
Transform Your Work or Study Space
An inviting study space or office can do wonders to your productivity, giving you a place to “step away” from the everyday and focus on the tasks ahead. If you tend to work from the kitchen bench or dining room table, consider instead creating a place you can dedicate to your work.
If you have a space set aside especially for working at home, that’s perfect – if not, you can carve out a nook in your bedroom by using furnishing such as a bookshelf to create a divide in the room.
Then, make it an inviting space. It can be as minimal or as cluttered as you want, so long as it’s a space that makes you happy to be there. You can add comfortable cushions, candles, a whiteboard for jotting down ideas, fresh stationery, a potted plant… just about anything. If you’re the sort of person that can work with music playing, find a playlist of music that will drive you forward throughout the day.
Stick to A Routine
Psychologists agree the world over that having a routine in place is incredibly important for those suffering from depression, as it breaks a very common cycle. Often those who suffer from depression lack the motivation to do much at all but may still sit around fretting about not getting anything constructive done, which only worsens feelings of uselessness and sadness. And while you might not necessarily be depressed while you work from home, a routine will help to break this cycle of fretting.
Rather than staying in bed until the last possible minute, get up at a reasonable hour, have a satisfying breakfast, and change out of your pyjamas. Jot down some goals you want to achieve from work or your study session that day, and work to complete these goals. And, just as you would at the office or at school, remember to take breaks throughout the day – this will help you to avoid mental exhaustion.
Make Use of Collaborative Software or Apps
Being separated from your work colleagues or classmates can have an impact on your happiness at home, so why not stay connected in a way that makes it feel like they’re in the room with you? There is plenty of software out there that you can take advantage of, including:
Programs such as this will go a long way to help bring a sense of being happy from home.
How to Find Jobs And Skills from Home
If you’re interested in the work from home philosophy but don’t know what sort of jobs are available or which skills you could utilise, you might be surprised by the sheer number of jobs that can be done remotely. Below is a list of jobs from home that also offer a decent wage.
- Sales Representative
- Interior Designer
- Customer Service Representative
- Data Entry
- Help Desk Support
- Copy/Content Editor
- Graphic Designer
- Social Media Specialist
- Virtual Receptionist
- Chat Agent
- Telework Nursing
- Food Delivery
The list really does go on and on. Many jobseeker websites also offer a work from home filter, which will help you narrow down your search. Lastly, if you’re looking to upskill for a small monthly fee, try LinkedIn Learning or Skillshare – both have free one-month trials to let you test the waters first.
Learn English At Home
If you’re studying English at university or school and are finding it difficult to continue your language lessons from home, there are plenty of resources available that can help you stay focused and more enthused about your situation. Best of all, a lot of these options are free, making learning English at home achievable for just about anyone.
Watch Movies or Television in English
Watching film and television in English has a wealth of benefits. It introduces you to more realistic situations (rather than pre-recorded, stiff conversations that often accompany English language textbooks), colloquial terms, sentence structure, rhythm and much more. It also exposes you to English culture and its many accents. Of course, you’ll need to try watching without subtitles to get the most benefit.
Keep A Diary or Blog in English
This is a great way to practise your English – writing a journal can open up your vocabulary, improve grammar skills, and improve your everyday English. It comes with the added benefit of writing in a stress-free environment, away from school and at your own pace.
There are a number of websites that offer virtual English classes, with some of the best-known being English Live and English Studies Online. These interactive classes can be a lot more immersive than simply reading from a textbook, and private lessons are even offered if you feel you need a more one-on-one approach to your studies.
Staying focused, busy and engaged can be very helpful when you’re feeling isolated while working or studying from home. We hope these tips have been of use to you. Feel free to peruse our other articles related to studying from home or abroad.