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  • #16
    It's the blurring of the boundaries that leads to burnout. What is work and what is not work? The temptation to do work when your laptop is there on your table 24/7. The urge to assign work when you know all your subordinates or colleagues are also just home with "nothing else to do." The little voice inside your head saying "answer just one email" and you end up answering a bunch of them.

    We should know our boundaries. Specifically TIME boundaries.

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    • Skye
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      Even my homeschoolers have time boundary issues. And it goes both ways. They get so engrossed with their schoolwork that they forget it is time to have a break already. Or they are enjoying their break so much that they forget they have lessons to work on.

    • mjmnl
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      To be honest, I had a hard time creating boundaries before when I started working from home. I was new in this setting and there's nothing else to do at home. It was my supervisor who taught me to draw the line between work and life. I never thought that it could cause burnout if that habit was continued. My cousin started working from home since the lockdown and she works overtime almost every day. She wanted to resign because of the burnout but the fear of not being hired during this pandemic is stopping her.

    • Skye
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      Yeah, no boundaries can lead to burnout... and it is true for everything. Having boundaries is a way of honoring and respecting one's self, and everything that goes with it.

      Before, it was easy to delineate. Now, since work happens within the homespace, it's kinda blurry.

      It may be a good idea to just have a specific space in the house for work. Then that place is off limits during non work hours.

  • #17
    I've learned that what people used to post about having plants (in abundance) inside the house as well as my home office has greatly improved my day to day routine. I feel less stressed and more relaxed but then again these plants are not just ordinary varieties but those that are a bit pricey so there is somewhat an irony of getting stressed taking care or nurturing something that is supposed to help in relieving stress! So far breathing and eye strain has greatly improved. Add some essential oils into the mix and voila!

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    • Kamille
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      I've heard a lot about diffusing essential oils. I heard about this brand and they said they're great for relieving stress and having peaceful sleep. I'm using scented candles but thinking of trying something new. How's your experience with essential oils so far? Are they worth the penny?
      Last edited by Kamille; 10-02-2020, 11:18 AM.

    • mjmnl
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      My brother-in-law started to collect plants since the lockdown saying he wanted to do something to help him focus on other things aside from his job. He specifically bought aglaonema and has now bought everything in his checklist. Yes, you're right, I'm shocked how expensive plants can get. I had a little chat with my sister regarding his husband's sudden hobby. She told me that she doesn't mind him spending extra money buying plants as long as it helps him prevent being stressed out due to the pandemic and working at home.

    • Kamille
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      I am more calm when I am with nature, but given the situation where we are not even allowed to go out, a small plant in our work space will do. However, I can not keep them alive for more than they should lol. Thankfully, there are dried flowers available in stores and I feel like I've found that perfect plant for me. Low maintenance, no water needed, long lasting, and with the de-stressing benefits of a live one.

  • #18
    "Cluttered house, cluttered mind".
    I think this is true especially for us who work from home. A clean house creates peaceful environment and calmer mind, which help us focus more on our work and prevent us from being stressed. There are a lot of studies that prove that a clean home go hand-in-hand with our mental health. Also, cleaning can be therapeutic. Its definitely a win-win.
    Last edited by Kamille; 10-05-2020, 03:19 PM.

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    • jcoppi29
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      agreed. in my case, my desktop environment and my desk are most sacred. Because I have a place of my own, things are generally fixed or clean because no one else is around to mess things up. Now I'm gearing up to get a new workspace, gaming desk. I'm getting annoyed with cluttered mediocre cable management -- it's time to look for customized desk builders lmao

    • mjmnl
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      Same here! I work better in a clean environment and having an organized place is preferable since it is easier to find things. Whenever my workplace becomes cluttered, I get distracted and I try to find time to clean up. I also tried to live a minimalistic life. To be honest, I failed haha!! I just can't give up a lot of things and I still have a few things in my shopping cart that I can't let go of. But that's my goal in the future, hopefully, I'll succeed and have a minimalistic lifestyle.

    • Kamille
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      Cleaning sure is therapeutic. I am aiming for more minimalistic style this year, but struggling so bad with decluttering and letting go of small stuff lol
      jcoppi29 did you find an effective way to manage your pc's cables? Would love to get some tips please.

  • #19
    Recent studies show that yoga is an effective way to prevent and manage musculoskeletal and psychological problems, which are mostly the cause of burn-out. Its exercise and relaxation in one. https://theconsciousclub.com/article...n-cure-burnout
    Last edited by Kamille; 11-19-2020, 11:32 AM.

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    • #20
      Eight months since the lockdowns and I badly need a vacation. I envy people whose lives seem to be back to normal somehow.

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      • Skye
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        Same here. I am glad though that there are places that accept guests already.

    • #21
      Even after a year since the virus started spreading all over the world, numerous countries are still imposing travel bans, lockdown, quarantine, and a few more precautions that hinder us from socializing and getting back to our old lives. Before all of these issues, mental health has already been a problem.

      I came across this article from CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/01/04/h...fc_lnFebinNdRE which tells us that just like last 2020, mental health will still be a public emergency this year.

      It will take time before we all go back to our normal life. For now, all we can do is check on each other and do our best to support our loved ones. Listen to their stories, their problems, and help find a solution or at least let them know that you are just there if they need someone to be with.

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      • #22
        How's everyone doing? It's almost a year since people started working from home. A lot has gone back to work however, it's not like before. Have you adjusted already?

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        • jcoppi29
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          @Kamille

          At times I wish there's a fire extinguisher size canister for alcohol so whenever I go out, I can just carry it with me and readily spray people if they sneeze or get too close -- at least the virus dies upon exposure. lmao

        • mjmnl
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          With the start of Ber months, it's almost 2 years since the virus was discovered. How are you all doing? There are some months that we were able to meet with our family and friends especially because a lot of us are vaccinated. But because of the delta variant, the covid cases are continuously increasing again. It feels like events are just recurring and never ending. So exhausting ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

        • Kamille
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          We used to go out and almost went back to our old ways a couple of months ago. But this past few months, a couple of our family members got infected by the various, 2 of which was infected by the delta variant, and now we are back to keeping ourselves locked up at home. Its scarier now that all of us are at risk - adults, seniors, kids, vaccinated or not. The fear and anxiety is so draining. I am looking forward to the time we can all go out and get coffee without fear of getting sick, but I think that is still in a very long future.

      • #23
        Bjun my kids are complaining! They said they miss going to school especially their college fair and performance tasks. Who would have thought? They miss their school service too! I love working from home though. It's a blessing for me.
        Last edited by Lou; 01-26-2021, 10:52 AM.

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        • mjmnl
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          Everyone finds working/studying from home differently. As for me, we are similar, I find working from home favorable with my lifestyle. Although I miss going out for leisure in a nearby cafe after my shift. Things that we cannot really do on a regular basis nowadays. My nephews also miss playing with their friends or just going to the mall. I really hope these kids get through these hard times and get back to normal gracefully when the situation permits.

      • #24
        One tip I think really helps is by setting some time, however short, in our day to reflect and clear our head. It helps us recharge in some way. This also allows us to have a sense of balance and courage to continue by restarting then possibly boost productivity.

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        • jcoppi29
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          One way to do this would be meditations or breathing exercises on a daily basis. I find that if you totally focus on one thing, like your breath, the sensations of the skin, or one particular aspect for a whole 20-30 mins (i set alarms so I dont think of the time), it develops the module in the brain that gets mindful. Mindfulness isn't really about forgetting other things, rather, conditioning the brain to be in the moment as much as possible and to enter a flow state.

      • #25
        I really hope this pandemic ends soon. My kids don't really appreciate their online classes and it makes learning difficult for them. They said having the teacher discuss in front of them is so much better than online. With face-to-face, they are able to discuss their lessons with their classmates and for them, it makes a huge difference. Still hoping things will be better soon. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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        • Kamille
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          My kids just recently started schooling and I am praying for the day I get to see them interact with other kids in an actual classroom with an actual teacher. I am grateful for the online classes, but its just not the same. My oldest have been so eager to make friends with other kids but we have to be careful in letting them approach us. I hope this pandemic ends soon so the kids can get back and move forward with their lives too.
          Last edited by Kamille; 02-12-2021, 01:28 PM.

        • mjmnl
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          Same with my nephews. They miss playing and interacting with their friends face to face. For now, all they can do is play with them virtually which is through Mobile Legends and Roblox. In terms of academics, they are already used to online classes but admittedly, it's not as effective as the traditional ones. With the progress of vaccination in our country, I think they'll go back to their normal routine by 2023. Insane, right? Hope we reach herd immunity earlier than expected.

      • #26
        It's another round of lockdowns. We have to learn to live with COVID and the changes it brings to our workplace ----- or should I say, to our homes. Our homes are no longer places where we can recharge. It is instead a place where our energies are drained. Yet, we are stuck in it.

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        • mjmnl
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          Third lockdown here in our country after more than a year since the start of this pandemic. Was hoping to have a better year this 2021 but this is already getting on our nerves. ๐Ÿ˜ฉAnd now, more children are getting infected by the delta variant since they can't be vaccinated yet. It's another reason to be more anxious about our everyday lives. To all parents out there, stay safe and sane.

        • Bjun
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          No lockdowns in France so far but we have the vaccine passport/sanitary pass. Basically, we cannot travel without it. It would be a hassle for commuters but at least the WFH option is still there.

      • #27
        I am quite grateful we are staying at the countryside when the government announced another strict lockdown. I have always been drawn to the city - the lifestyle, the food, the city lights and all. However, the fresh air and the sound of crickets at night is surprisingly calming. My kids can ride their bikes in the afternoon and buy candies at a local store, small things that they can't do in the city. I am missing my own bed, and my own home office, but the chance to somehow relax and recharge in a distinct place really helped our mental health.

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        • #28
          What's your take with kids going back to face-to-face learning? I heard there are a lot of countries that have already allowed this setup since last year. How about in your countries?
          I've read this article: https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2...hool/100468264 and shows that despite the rising cases as ids are much less likely to get hospitalized because of covid. Concerns of parents are probably different per country as other countries have lower vaccination rates than others.

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          • Kamille
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            As much as I would like to see my kids go to 'regular' school, go to dance lessons, and other activities, I wouldn't risk it. Most people have already been vaccinated, but they can still be carrier of the virus. Schools in the US have opened but was forced to close after a few months when they observed a surge of cases. I think with the country's current situation, opening schools for face-to-face classes is a spreader disaster waiting to happen.
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