We are used to hearing about the struggle of “ Work-Life Balance”, but have you thought of the sequence of that order? Why is Work first?
COIVD 19 has changed everything. Literally everything. Collectively, as a people on this Earth, we understand the difficulty of change. We have also learned how much work consumes our day-to-day lives. Many folks have come into my therapy office because of this imbalance. Work was already taking over, stress increasing, poor sleeping habits--usually insomnia, difficulty experiencing joy, the overall feeling of fatigue, and exhaustion. The work-life balance struggle was already real. Then, COVID-19 hit the scene. The safety concern of this easily transmittable virus, equally real; especially for the BIPOC Community. Changes to the workplace were and are understandably necessary to keep folks safe.
By now, most companies and businesses have transitioned from working in the office or facilities to working from home. A new set of challenges of the age-old work-life balance issue has ensued. Single folks, partnered folks, and parents all face a unique set of challenges as remote workers.
For single folks, the themes of concern are surrounding loneliness and feeling isolated. Often times, single folk have expressed working more “because I have the time” and feeling like a burden when they have to reach out to a coworker to answer a quick question.
Partnered folks are battling for work space in the home or wifi bandwidth. Households chores piling and they have expressed concern around having a hard time carving out meaningful, enjoyable time together.
Parents, whew! Parents are absolutely everything, teacher, parents, friend, counselor, maid, chef, and nurse 24 hours a day. Oh yeah AND parents have the same pressure to produce and perform well during remote work.
Additionally, this year in particular, our communities are experiencing a heightened awareness around racial injustices experienced by Black, Indigenous, People of Color; and have witnessed or participated in protests, organized, donated, learned more, felt bogged down, but certainly been impacted in some fashion.
Black, Indigenous, People of Color are experiencing a clear triad of stressors: work remote stress, community health stress, and racial trauma. For some, they are clear about the sources of stress contributing to remote work struggle. Others have turned inwards and blamed themselves for remote work delays or slowed down production, saying “I don’t feel good enough.”
Here are a few clues that work is getting the best of you. Are you…?
Working longer hours per day
Constantly accessible to coworkers, managers, and directors
Receiving notifications 24 hours a day
Feeling behind, likes it hard to catch up on work due dates and responsibilities
Feeling easily distracted
Feeling tired and slowed down
If you answered yes to any of these, you are probably experiencing remote work-life imbalance.
The community health concerns are alarming for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and remote work has been incredibly stressful. So let’s flip the script as we stay safe and sane.
Here are (3) Tips to Create Life and Remote Work Balance:
Prolonged stress can wreck havoc on your physical self and mental health. Try flipping the script to Life-Remote Work by trying these three tips.
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Consulting services are available for companies looking for creative ways to support their employees with life-remote work balance.