Right now, many of us are suddenly working from home. Most of us never planned to do it, and, although we are grateful to still have a job in these uncertain times, the difficulty of working from home is increasing your stress. Here are some of the top stresses of working from home that you might be feeling right now. Many of these come from a 2017 study conducted jointly by the European Union and the United Nations. 

Fortunately, there are options to help relieve these stresses, such as NuCalm

woman trying to work from home with her bored child waiting on her for help with school work

Lack of Structure and Focus

One of the biggest challenges of working from home is that the normal workaday routine is disrupted. At first it might seem nice to be able to sleep in and not have to worry about the morning commute. It can increase productivity because you can actually get started working earlier despite sleeping later. 

However, over time many people find that they are sleeping later and getting to work later and later, leading to a loss of work hours. Even worse, people find that they are having trouble focusing on work during the day. Days start to slip by with greatly diminished productivity, and the unfinished work begins to pile up. Things need to be done as deadlines loom.

Then in response to approaching deadlines, people begin to work longer hours than before. Eventually all waking hours become working hours, giving no time for rest and recuperation. Then sleep hours diminish and soon people are working more and sleeping less than ever. 

Permeable Boundaries

When you work in an office, it’s easy to communicate to spouses and other household members when your work hours are–it’s when you’re in the office. However, when you’re working from home, it isn’t always clear when you’re working. Interruptions from others become more frequent, and you have to explicitly communicate with people about your boundaries. This can create tension between you and this leads to more stress for everyone in the house. 

Social Isolation

Another big problem of working from home is that you’re cut off from the coworkers that normally provide your daily social interactions. While some coworkers can definitely increase stress levels, it actually takes just fifteen minutes of social interaction to reduce your overall stress. 

In today’s situation, the social isolation is worse because you don’t have many incidental interactions to help take the burden of social interactions off from you. Instead, you are leaning on the same few people all the time, such as your spouse and your children. This can lead to aggravation of minor conflicts, which elevates your stress. 

Added Stress Now

And, on top of all the usual stresses, there are additional challenges that are unique to our pandemic situation right now. In the past, people who worked from home could often put kids in school so they had several hours a day free from interruption. But now, schools are closed. Many people are also having to adapt to working from home under less-than-ideal conditions. And with everyone having to work from home, suddenly everyone is competing for the same scarce resources. 

Add this on top of the other sources of pandemic stress, and working from home is part of a major stress complex that is pressing down on many people. People need stress relief. 

Stress Relief Is Available

If you are feeling stressed by working from home or other sources, it’s time to look for highly effective stress relief tools. 

NuCalm is an advanced technique for stress management. Based on the latest neuroscience, it disables your stress response, leaving you feeling calm and rested. Adding NuCalm to your work routine is easy. Just 20 minutes a day of NuCalm can help you combat the stresses of your new routine, allowing you to be more productive and effective.