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Remote work has been slowly becoming more popular and accessible over recent years, but it really took off during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With so many offices and workplaces closed, companies had to adapt and get their teams working from home.
Even now, with the threat of the virus receding and offices reopening, many companies are still allowing staff to work remotely.
Whether you’re now working from home all the time or you have a hybrid working schedule, former office workers might find it hard to adjust to working from home.
One of the biggest challenges for remote workers is switching off. It’s hard to transition between work and rest when you do them both in the same space.
As such, you might find yourself working through your breaks and thinking about work, or even checking your emails, over the weekend.
These habits can leave you stressed and lead to a potential burnout. If you want to avoid this, then you need to make sure that you focus on your mental wellbeing.
Part of that process means taking your breaks and making the most of them. No more eating lunch at your desk- you need to make an effort to have fun and unwind during your breaks.
Here are some fun activities and distractions you can use to enjoy your breaks while you work remotely.
Play Fun Mobile Games
Mobile phone games have come a long way over the years, and can be a great distraction during your break. Try to find a fun game that suits your tastes. Whether you like strategy and role play, or quizzes, there’s something to suit everyone on mobile app stores. Most games are free to download, but remember that they often have tokens or equipment that you can buy in the game for real money. Check that you disable in-app purchases or put in additional security processes so that you don’t accidentally spend more money than you intended to while distracting yourself.
Work Out How Old You’d Be On Mars
If you want to start a fun conversation with your colleagues over messenger, then you could consider sharing Age Ninja. This unique age calculator allows you to see how old you’d be on other planets. It also allows you to calculate your half birthday, work out how old you are in animal years, calculate your age in a range of units and more. So, if you want to have a laugh and start some funny conversations with your co-workers, then this could be the ideal tool to check out on your break.
Try An Old School Activity
When you’re spending all day on your laptop and phone, it’s understandable that you might want to switch off during your break. If you don’t want to spend all day using tech, then try an old school activity such as a board game or reading a book. You could also try reading a physical newspaper, which is a fun way to learn more about the world without looking at a screen all day.
Learn A New Skill
For those who want to improve their minds and really make the most of their breaks, learning a new skill could be a great choice of break time activity. There are loads of simple skills you can learn over your lunch break and then enhance over time. Some of these skills can easily be learned using apps on your phone, so you won’t have to pay much, if anything, for your tuition. If you want to try an analogue activity, then you could try sewing or knitting.
If you’re struggling to switch off during the working day, then use these handy tips to make the most of your break and recharge. This should help you to reduce your stress and adjust to working remotely.