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Mental Health Tips for Logistics Professionals Working From Home

We’ve been taken way out of our comfort zone in the past few months, especially with work. Due to Covid-19, many people have been working from home for health safety, opening up a door to how to be productive.

Now, the thought of working from home initially sounds heavenly. I mean, who doesn’t want to make their own work schedule and wear pajamas all day?

The reality is, working from home is a big mental switch if you’ve never done it before. For logistics jobs that have required professionals to stay home, it’s important to take care of your mental health.

Here’s how you can set yourself up for success!

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Establish a schedule and stick to it

There are two types of remote professionals: 

The workaholic is forever focusing on the job, with no start or end to the day. They’ll wake up checking work emails and will be doing so up until switching off the light before bed.

The workaholic soon starts to put self care second to the job. Exercise, rest and even meals are replaced with constant screen time and stress. Sure, they are extremely productive- but it’s a never ending cycle that eventually takes a perilous toll on the body and soul.

The procrastinator is the exact opposite of the workaholic. They enjoy wearing their pajamas a little too much.

Lunch breaks get longer, time is consumed by watching cat videos and soon the day is done without much work getting accomplished.

The solution? Start your remote adventure by making a schedule and sticking to it. Establish the amount of hours you want to work each day, and dedicate that time solely to work. 

Don’t work from your bed! This is the kryptonite for any procrastinator. Create a calm and clean work area where you can sit upright and focus. This is also better for your posture!

Once 5 or 6 PM rolls around, turn off the screen and give your brain a break. Make sure to fit in an hour of exercise or do a hobby that you enjoy. 

For your meals, try to refrain from eating at your desk. Even better, if you're at home with loved ones, eat your meals together. Socialization is important for happiness, and eating together is an enjoyable time to talk and eat delicious food.

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Emphasis on Self Care

By setting up a schedule, you’re not just setting yourself up for peak productivity- you’re leaving yourself time for self care.

Taking breaks and doing activities you love will only bolster your creativity, innovation, motivation and focus for your logistics jobs. Especially with everything going on in the world, relieving stress and anxiety is especially important. 

Try meditating for 20 minutes every morning before work or doing yoga. Whether you’re an exercise aficionado or need a quick work out in a time crunch, it’s easy to find tons of free, high quality options on YouTube. 

Screen breaks are also paramount. Sometimes we don’t realize how many hours we spend staring at a computer monitor or smartphone. Give your eyes and brain a break every couple of hours. This will help reduce dry eyes, headaches and migraines. 

Mental Health Tips for Logistics Professionals Working From Home
Courtney L.
June 15, 2020

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