Sure there are perks when you work from home but if you are not being careful, work-at-home blues can be developed drastically. It’s like working in your pajamas or in your most comfortable clothes but the environment around you does not help at all. Remember, it is not always greener on the other side. If you are privileged to work from home with a decent pay, work your best way to break free from stress, which in the first place was your goal – to have a stress-free work environment.

Dress up from time to time. Yes, you have the option to work in your pajamas, but at times getting ready as if you still work in the outside world may perk your mood. Simply get up, have a cup of coffee, shower, and dress up before getting yourself stuck in front of your computer.

Stay beautiful and presentable. Put your make-up on once in a while. Working from home should not stop you from doing your usual beauty regimen/routine. It actually gives you all the time in the world to apply your favorite facial cream, get your hair treated, put the most trending Korean facial mask, remove blackheads, and still able to do your work. If you are comfortable with just wearing your house clothes, it’s also okay but at least wear the best ones once in a while. 

Set your own workspace up. It is important to have a pleasant workspace at home. A pleasant working space makes a big difference, well, at least for me.  It helps me boost my morale and increases my productivity.

You will notice that it has changed a lot already. I do that a lot. I changed chair covers, and add knick-knacks that are pleasant to my eyes.

Although I move from one place to another in our house, I make sure that it is also comfortable and convenient for me at all times. Get a folding and efficient table that will help you ease your back.

Change up your environment. Consider working from other locations than your home. It won’t hurt to spend a little for meals at your favorite cafe, or for a staycation with your family where there is free Internet access. Thanks to power outages in our area, although it gives me disappointments, somehow I am thankful that this happens at times as it serves an excuse for me to go out to lunch for a change.

Schedule breaks. Working with no breaks while seeing your household chores still not done may affect your work mood too. Always, always take a break whether you work on a flexible or fixed schedule. If your work prevents you from taking a break throughout the day, it’s time to re-assess. In the first place, convenience is the main reason why we choose to work from home, so why deprive yourself of doing so.

Take advantage of Social Media. Being on Facebook or Twitter can also make a lot of difference. It keeps you still connected with your friends, keeping up with what they have been doing so when it’s time to meet up, you won’t find yourself lost.

Keep the kids busy. If this is one of the many things that makes you exhausted, keep the kids busy then. I have gathered fun activities HERE that can actually work all year round and not only during the holidays.

Disconnect from work on your days off. When you work from home, you can easily fall into the trap of working around the clock. With all the official work apps also installed on your mobile, you just can’t help to check them once in a while. DON’T GET USED TO THAT. Make sure to enjoy this time with family and friends, and aim for no more than eight hours a day. Remember, we work to live and not the other way around.


Mitch Carvalho

A full-time home-based Marketing Manager by day, 24/7 Mom, and a Blogger at any time. I’m 43 and proud. Mom of Derelle & Erchelle, sharing my adventures as I walk through motherhood and having to do most things on my own while my Indian national husband works miles away from home.