Working from home fatigue guide
Do you ever feel stuck in an ‘endless day’ while working from home? You may be suffering from work from home fatigue. A lack of human contact, no healthy routine and a lack of boundaries between work and life can cause your motivation and energy levels to dive bomb. Use this guide to escape work from home fatigue and develop a working from home routine that keeps you feeling alive and full of productivity.
Do you have work from home fatigue?
Signs and symptoms of work from home fatigue include:
What causes work from home fatigue?
If you’ve been used to working in an office, making the switch to homeworking can be exciting. Working from home has many perks compared to life in the office, such as greater flexibility, avoiding commuter stress and enjoying a better work-life balance — however, for some people the novelty can quickly wear off and lead to work from home fatigue. There are several possible reasons for this, including:
Being an extravert
'Always on' culture
Poor equipment and set-up
Lack of movement throughout the day
No healthy routine
How can you get rid of work from home fatigue?
If you are experiencing a drop in your physical and mental wellbeing, make sure you seek advice from your GP. Otherwise, you can try the following top tips for overcoming burnout and work from home fatigue.
1. Talk to your manager
If you’re fully employed, talk to your manager or HR department. Perhaps you simply aren’t well-suited to homeworking and would rather work from the office (if this is an option), or adopt a hybrid working approach, where you spend some time working from home, and some at the office. You should also receive support to improve your wellbeing, such as signposting to useful services, training, and any other incentives offered by your organisation.
2. Find a shared office space
Perhaps you’re self-employed or work for a fully remote company and don’t have the option of going to an office. Nomadic working is rising in popularity and a positive offshoot of this is that there are now more cafes and rentable workspaces available for remote workers. Going somewhere different to work for the day — or even for a few hours, gives you a reason to get up, get dressed and leave the house. You’re also more likely to find social stimulation.
3. Improve your posture with suitably positioned ergonomic equipment
Poor posture and positioning at your workstation could easily be contributing to your work from home fatigue.
Poor posture causes fatigue by:
Are you hunching? Slumping? Spending too long looking down at a laptop screen? The most obvious sign that you need to improve your workstation is if you experience any kind of discomfort after spending some time working.
To achieve a healthy set-up, check yourself against our graphic:
Here are some ergonomic products that can help you achieve a better posture:
4. Get plenty of exercise and movement
When you’re tired, the last thing you probably want to do is move more — but studies show that exercise can actually help reduce fatigue.
Low intensity exercise could include:
5. Establish a healthy working routine
It can be hard to have self-discipline when you’re working alone in the same place every day. Even with the best of intentions, standards can slip over time.
Here are some tips for initiating a healthy working routine:
6. Eat fatigue-boosting foods
The healthiest way to keep your energy levels up is to have a healthy, balanced diet.
Work from home fatigue can be beaten with the right support, set-up and habits. Not everyone is suited to this way of working, so it’s worth asking yourself if your job is truly right for you. Always seek advice from your GP to rule out any health issues, and keep in mind the importance of regular movement.