For many people around the world, working from home is the new lifestyle.
This could mean one of two things:
You can’t work that much. Maybe you have trouble getting into the “flow” state at home due to the lack of your usual work surrounding, or you have kids who are now at home too, requiring all of your attention, or you genuinely cannot work from home, because your job requires physical presence.
You are working too much. If you are anything like me and are trying to distract yourself from an empty apartment and the lack of social activities in your life, you might have trouble not working around the clock. To be honest, one of the beauties of working from home is that you can work whenever and wherever (well, within your apartment) you want. So, while I had a massive lack of motivation for the past couple of days, I am now back in the flow and writing this article on a Sunday afternoon from my sunny balcony.
But as we all know by now, our mental health is super important and deserves a a break; a break from the health crisis we are in. For example. I deserve a break from that paper that I just don’t want to finish writing, and from the isolating feeling that the lack of social activities brings.
And sure, now you have all the time to catch up with your friends and family, but there is only so much you can tell each other when your life only takes place within four walls.
Can SOCIAL media help?
Over the past few weeks, I found the perfect break from all of that in the distracting nature of social media. This gave me heaps of options, and I can follow accounts on ALL my interests.
For example, social media is probably the best platform for science communication. I’ve found some truly amazing science communication stories on social media. Reading this Twitter thread about a research project in Antarctica might just be the perfect distraction from all of the other rather negative stories at the moment.
An absolute highlight in my science communication world was last week’s ScienceTalk conference. The conference was meant to take place in Portland, Oregon, but the organizers decided to run the whole event in a virtual environment. This allowed me to follow the whole conference from my sofa and I could learn about all these amazing science communication projects in a very relaxing environment.
While working from home is a completely different strain on our bodies due to the lack of movement, some stretching and relaxation is one of the best things to do to overcome soreness throughout the day. Many yoga instructors have seized that opportunity and now offer online courses or upload regular YouTube videos. I usually follow the lunchtime yoga sessions every day with my friend Mirijam, which is the perfect scheduled break in the middle of the day. And I am not proud of this, but it did happen that I only realized that it was the weekend when Mirijam was not online at 1 pm!