Problems at home steal the spotlight
You’re at your desk, trying to concentrate on the task in front of you—but issues at home are distracting you and stressing you out. Barbara Greenberg, PhD, a clinical psychologist and the co-author of Teenage as a Second Language, says the ability to compartmentalize is key. She explains: “We need to develop the skill of compartmentalizing. You can keep home-life from spilling into work-life by having an appropriate place, perhaps a friend or even a therapist, to talk about the issues at home. This enables you to be fully at work when you’re there, and engaged when you’re at home, too.”
There’s no wiggle room
Even if you love your job, there are times you must step away to take care of personal business. When your employer isn’t flexible and you don’t have the option, your stress will build. Brie Reynolds, a senior career specialist at Flexjobs, explains, “Flexible work options, like working remotely or having a flexible schedule, are one of the solutions to a work-related source of stress like commuting, as well as others such as office politics, and endless meetings.” According to a Flexjobs survey, 89 percent of those polled believed a flexible schedule would decrease their level of stress. If you decide to work from home, here’s what you need to get the most out of it.