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How You Can Protect Your Mental Health While Working From Home

April 5, 2021
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Many of us have recently begun working from home due to COVID-19 while others have been doing it for years. No matter your reasoning or experience, there are many enjoyable benefits of remote work: no commute, comfortable clothes, your pets nearby, and working from your furnished condo.

But like many things, there are challenges as well. Isolation can lead to loneliness, a disrupted and different routine can make the work-life balance even more difficult than usual. 

So how do you protect your mental health while working from home? 

According to the experts at working from home, the simple answer is to stay on schedule and stay connected. Let’s break this down.

Stay on Schedule

One of the easiest and most important actions for you to take is to create a schedule and stick to it as much as possible. If you have the flexibility, set your schedule around your most productive hours.

Create a Morning Routine

It is good to have a normal routine similar to when you went into the office. Take a shower, if that’s what you usually did, and give yourself time for a healthy breakfast. Sit down with your breakfast and coffee (or drink of choice), giving yourself a moment to fully wake up and mentally prepare for the day. 

Get out of Pajamas

Putting on a set of clothes for the day, comfortable but different than your pajamas, will have an impressive impact on your mindset for the workday. Your brain will separate sleep/snuggle time from work time and know that the day has started. 

Take Breaks Away From Desk

As part of your daily schedule, you should have a few breaks that are around 15 minutes long. When you do take these breaks, move away from your desk. If possible, try going to a different room. This will help with minimizing screen time and clearing your mind. Doing this will also prevent burnout from hours of focusing on one task or staring at one screen. 

End Your Work Day

Your schedule should also have a set time off. This time might change from day to day because of your flexibility or needs but whatever time you decide on, end your workday at that time. Shut the laptop, close the notebook, walk away from the desk. The rest of your day is for you and your home life. This is very necessary to protect the boundary between work life and home life. Working from home and not doing this will make it feel like your workday never ends.

Stay Connected

To resist those feelings of isolation while working from home, staying connected with colleagues, family members, and friends is incredibly important. Luckily, in today’s digitally interconnected world, this is easier than ever. 

Conversing with Colleagues

When you work in an office, interactions with your colleagues can play a huge part in your daily activities. From collaborations over a project to gossiping in the break room, many of us have so many conversations within the office. Working from home, you should try keeping these conversations going as much as possible. Most companies will have some form of recommended messaging service so keep a few of these windows open. Keep chatting with your friends, collaborating with your peers, and asking questions when needed. 

Use Video Calls

Whenever possible, use video calling with colleagues to actually see their faces. This will more replicate the in-person interactions from the office and can also be a more productive form of communication. Facial expressions play a large role in conversations and are lost with messaging. A video call or meeting will help with each person’s focus and involvement in the conversation at hand. 

Don’t Forget Friends and Family

Outside of work, video calls with friends and family will be very helpful. If you had a group of friends going to happy hour on a particular day of the week, keep this going digitally! Having a few group chats and individual chats going throughout the day will keep you connected to your loved ones, no matter their location or the current restrictions. 

Mental Health Support

For some, the struggles of working from home might be deeper and more difficult than the recommendations above can help with. If you are feeling depressed or isolated and need to talk to someone, Crisis Services Canada provides local resources and support, no matter where you live. 

If you:

  • Are not feeling yourself
  • Are experiencing a crisis
  • Have emotional pain
  • Have thoughts of suicide
  • Know someone who needs help

Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centres and crisis organizations nearest you. You can access many of these services virtually from your furnished condo.

Looking for a Change of Scenery? DelSuites Can Help

Sometimes a change of scenery can make all the difference in your work routine. Here at DelSuites, we have fully furnished condos available throughout Toronto and the GTA.

Get in touch with our team today to explore our wide selection of short-term rentals.

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What is the Secret Wellness Retreat We All Need?

May 29, 2020
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Are you feeling antsy? You’re not alone. Recent weeks under lockdown have left us feeling a range of emotions: grumpy, short-tempered, anxious—you name it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has left no aspect of life untouched. Whether it’s restaurants, shopping malls, gyms, or camping grounds—all of our usual retreats are no longer available as outlets for us to release pent-up energy and feel recharged in the process. And with travel out of the question for the foreseeable future, a change of scenery has become a distant dream. 

People are feeling moody, unusually tired, and downcast. Alone time without distractions is difficult, if not impossible, to come by—especially with kids in the mix. For those of us who have considered sitting in the car for a couple of hours as a brief escape from life in isolation, we have a better solution—and it’s called furnished suites. 

Furnished Suites: A Home Away From Home

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Renting a furnished condominium in the GTA is the perfect solution for those of us craving a change of scenery without straying too far from home. Treat it as a wellness retreat or a second home office—whatever the reason, a premium condo offers all the luxury of a hotel room without feeling impersonal. 

Taking care of your mental health should always be a top priority. In recent months, COVID-19 has cast a shadow over our lives. For many of us, the constant fear of infecting our loved ones has left its mark. If you find that your sleep patterns have shifted and concentrating is more difficult than usual, you’re not alone. 

With a furnished and serviced condo, you’re free to unwind in a space that’s yours. Take a much-needed break from watching or reading the endless stream of pandemic-related news stories and reconnect with the activities that you enjoy. Whether your hobbies are creative writing, meditation, or yoga, you now have a silent space to indulge in what fulfills you.

Short-term rentals (or furnished suites) spare you the hassle of ownership while providing you with a home away from home. With prime locations across the GTA, DelSuites grants you access to premium accommodations with personalized services. With our meticulous standards for sanitization and flexible pricing and cancellation terms, you won’t have a single worry on your mind. 

Striking the Ideal Work-Life Balance

In a matter of months, the COVID-19 outbreak has blurred the boundaries between work and home. At first glance, working from home seems like a breeze: no in-person oversight, the elimination of soul-crushingly long commutes, and a flexible work schedule that accommodates unexpected circumstances, such as taking care of a loved one who has fallen ill. But as many of us now know, working from home comes with its own set of unique challenges. 

Whether it’s hiccups in technology, time zone differences, or feeling disconnected from coworkers, working from home can be uniquely frustrating and leave you feeling drained at the end of the day. Plus, if you thought coworkers dropping by your desk was distracting, working from home opens up Pandora’s Box of interruptions.

Over time, breaking your concentration to sign off for deliveries, remind your kids that you’re working, or to let the dog out is maddening. Even finding a place in your home to take a conference call without waking the baby is stressful. Fully serviced furnished suites take away the need for a do-not-disturb sign that’s bound to be ignored.

Without the background noise of a library or coffee shop (which are closed anyway), you don’t need an expensive pair of noise-cancelling headphones. For the first time in months, you’ll be able to hear yourself think. Give your work the full attention it deserves, be as productive as possible, and reach breakthroughs. 

Take Care of Yourself 

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Living through a viral pandemic isn’t easy. Lighten the load on your shoulders by treating yourself to a separate space—whether it’s a personal getaway or a second home office, you deserve to feel rejuvenated and focused. 

Here at DelSuites, we take care of you. Our suites are fully equipped with everything you need—from toiletries and ensuite laundry (with detergent, of course) to top-shelf kitchen equipment. If you plan on working, we’ve got you covered with high-speed broadband internet and long-distance telephone packages. 

Each suite has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in accordance with our rigorous standards for cleanliness. All of our buildings are staffed with 24-hour security personnel and on-call managers who are ready to assist in an emergency. 

Give Yourself the Support You Need With Furnished Suites by DelSuites

Recent months have brimmed with stress and uncertainty. Release the tension that you’ve built up by retreating to a home away from home where you can relax, recharge, and focus like never before. 

For more information or to book your retreat today, email info@delsuites.com or visit our website