Work from Home Depot shared that working from home has all kinds of benefits. You cut out your daily commute, which saves you money on transportation costs and allows you to spend more time with your family. Plus, you’re largely able to set your own hours, which gives you the freedom to schedule your day in a way that works for you, which naturally helps minimize stress. Unfortunately, one of the major downsides of being a home-based employee is feeling lonely and isolated — not just from your company and co-workers, but also from the world around you.
Many companies allow you the flexibility to come into the office part-time, but for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and employees whose companies are entirely remote, that may not be a possibility. However, there are several great ways to keep feelings of isolation at bay, even when leaving the house isn’t a convenient option.
Move Your Home Office
While having a dedicated home office is important for your productivity and work-life balance, changing up where you spend your workday can be a refreshing change of pace that helps you feel less caged in. Set aside one day a week to work in a different area, or pick up and move as soon as you start feeling anxious. If you have a partner, roommate, or kids at home who might distract you if you relocate to another room, consider working outside. Being outdoors has proven mental health benefits, and there’s no better way to free yourself from feelings of isolation than to escape into nature.
Recruit a Virtual Co-worker
If there are others in your company working remotely, setting up times to work together online via Skype, Zoom, or even by phone can help you feel more connected to your co-worker and your overall organization. Even solo projects that don’t require a collaborator can feel more fulfilling if you work through them while on speakerphone with a peer.
Mentor an Up-and-comer
Similarly, taking someone under your wing will not only be a wonderful way to help someone breaking into your industry or looking to move up in it, it can also provide a sense of accomplishment you may not get from working on your own full time. Talk to your boss about joining (or starting) a mentorship program within your company, or check out opportunities through local high schools and colleges.