With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, everything has been digitized very quickly in recent months, which has made remote work a new normal. Undoubtedly many of you will be working day to day with technological devices, either with a computer or a mobile phone. And, this can greatly influence your state of health, which can lead to increase your stress level. Most people, at the end of their working day, are still connected to these devices and Social Networks, and many receive emails related to work, which prevents them from disconnecting in their free time. On many occasions, this causes stress, or rather we can say, techno-stress, that is, the person feels the need to be connected at all times.
In a few days, you had to change the office for the living room or even for the bedrooms (a practice not recommended as it is a place of rest). All of this could be advantageous: you didn't have to get up so early, you could be in comfortable clothes, and you had the comfort of home. However, the home office also has its own set of disadvantages. And it is that techno-stress has increased. By this, we mean the anxiety that appears when ignorance of technology or technical difficulties threatens you. From the office, a technical problem was solved by asking a colleague for help. Now, you can do it too, but the loneliness of teleworking makes you manage obstacles differently.
Teleworking has caused many people to not be able to disconnect completely and continue working from their smartphones or extend their working hours until unproductive hours.
Faced with this stress caused by the continued use of technology, we must provide solutions.
Organize your work routine on a regular schedule, but with some flexibility. That it is adaptable does not mean that it has to be significantly lengthened. It's about being practical and efficient.
Separate the workspace from the rest of the house that serves as a resting place. Always bet on natural light and a comfortable chair.
Take regular breaks, short and frequent breaks. Ideally, spend those minutes walking around the room and rest your eyes.
For every hour of work, take about five to ten minutes for those breaks.
Disconnect after work and invest your time in leisure, sports, and even spend time with friends and family. After closing the computer, you sin in consulting WhatsApp and in social networks. It is best to wait for this moment and not spend the time immediately afterward.
Teleworking is a working modality that is allowing many businesses to continue operating today or even many organizations to save on costs and invest in more productivity now that a crisis is looming over us. However, you must take this B-side into account so that it does not overtake, and you continue to enjoy the many benefits of remote work.