The COVID-19 crisis has affected every part of our lives. While you may be working from home during this time, that doesn’t mean you’ve eliminated stress. You’ve probably added some. Many of us are feeling the effects of stress from work, sheltering in place, social isolation, and a feeling of not being able to control our circumstances. While these feelings are normal, they are also challenging, especially when it comes to healthy sleep. How can you reduce your work stress to eliminate at least one trigger and give yourself a better chance of a good night’s sleep?
You Feel Unproductive
Now that many of us are working from home, the feeling of being unproductive can creep in even when we’re doing our very best. Just because you’ve eliminated a commute and you have access to your job 24 hours a day, it doesn’t mean you’re expected or should work every waking minute. Your feelings of being unproductive are deeper than that. You’re adjusting to stress responses. Instead, improve processes while keeping work/life balance in mind.
You’re Concerned About Other’s Productivity
It’s also essential to keep the productivity of your team in perspective. The same information applies to them. Don’t expect them to answer an email you send at ten o’clock at night just because they have access to email. As long as your team is hitting their deadlines, things are going to be just fine. You can resolve your feelings of stress by opening channels of communication and trusting your employees to do their jobs.
You Have Procrastinated
For a lot of people, this is an unprecedented situation. Jobs that were never remote before are being handled in a strange environment where everyone has to stay home. It’s natural to procrastinate in this situation. It’s a typical response to stress. If you find that you are putting things off for too long, change the way you approach your workday.
You Forgot Something Important
Everyone can relate to this. You lie down in your bed prepared to get your requisite 8 hours of sleep, but all you can think about are the things you didn’t do, what you need to do, and that nagging feeling that you forgot something. To avoid this, take time at the end of each day to write it down. Write down the things you need to do for the next day. Write down ideas and thoughts that are keeping you up.