Mental Health is one of the most important topics of discussion in recent times and rightfully so. As anyone working at home over the past 18 months can tell you, staring at the same four walls every day is not always good for the soul—or the mind. Those that were already working from home, such as remote PR professionals, were especially hard hit when the quarantine locked everything down; not only were they staying at home for work, but now they also couldn’t leave it for pleasure. That negatively impacted mental health for many.
Although restrictions are lifting, mental health should still be top of mind for remote PR professionals. Yes, that means taking better care of YOU and understanding how your actions can encourage others to protect your mental health as well.
Let’s face it, working remotely has some definite perks. For example, no one takes the last cup of coffee and leaves the pot on the burner, and no one’s around to pilfer your lunch or snacks. If you need to, you can roll out of bed at 8:50 am for a 9 am meeting and no one is the wiser. But although those that work mainly in an office environment think work from home is all about sweatpants and fuzzy slippers (Note: some days it is!), recent studies have shown that remote workers are actually more productive than those in an office setting.
But it definitely takes some work to get to a place where working remotely and mental health are well balanced. Working at home, and across the multiple clients remote PR professionals usually juggle, can have its downsides as well. The onus is on you to fix this by setting clear boundaries with your clients about both your expectations and theirs. After all, being “always on” can wreak havoc with your mental health. Limit how much time you spend checking your emails and Slack during post-working hours to ensure you’re not always on.
Having clear guidelines for when it’s time to work and when it’s time to call it a day helps many remote PR professionals maintain a better work-life balance. You need to balance productivity with self-care; otherwise, you risk burning out. So, turn off the cell phone, shut down the email and take notes. Here are some proven tips that can make your days a bit easier, while putting you on the path to positive mental health.
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