6 ways to be happier, working remotely in lockdown!

We have all heard advice on how to maintain productivity and be efficient when working in the office. Productivity is one of the key drivers when thinking of our professional development.

Ultimately, our mental health is just as important, if not more important, than the emails we cascade daily and the weekly reports we are required to produce. During this strange time of lockdown, how do we maintain the balance of being professionally productive and personally happy when working remotely?

I have been very isolated since lockdown kicked in, my usual shared office space in the Innovation Factory closed its doors due to COVID-19. My apartment with limited outdoor space became my working space and becoming separated from family, parents and siblings, I had to create a strategy to protect long-term wellbeing quickly. 

I thought now is an apt time to share my strategy and tips to stay happy and productive in an isolated and remote situation.

Create a playlist that boosts your mood.

I have always found that music lifts my mood and makes me feel energized. In the mornings, I’ve seen Bob Marley tends to me make me happy. By midday, a little bit of Green Day boosts the energy levels. Pull together a playlist of your favorite tunes to keep you motivated during the day.

Time out to walk around the block to get some fresh air and Vitamin D

I don’t have much space in my apartment; it can be a little claustrophobic. I find a short walk outdoors really boosts my mood, especially disconnecting from technology for a short while. Walking is not only great for you physically but protects mental wellbeing.

Leave the mobile, disconnect from tech entirely, and take that walk around the block.

Food affects your mood.

It is a well-known fact that the food we eat affects our mood. Certain nutrients help boost our mood, such as calcium found in a glass of milk. I love to have an omelet for breakfast topped with spinach and tomato. Spinach contains Folate which, when boosted, combats fatigue. 

As an afternoon snack, I often have a handful of peanuts or cashew nuts, both being sources of magnesium. Magnesium plays a large role in the development of serotonin, which is a significant contributor to feelings of happiness. There are many more nutrients to consider, but this is just a few I have in my diet, which I know keeps me happy. 

I love those who can smile in trouble.

I love those who can smile in trouble, a Leonardo Da Vinci quote. Smiling makes you feel happier; it is as simple as that.

The remote team I support is located in Ireland, England, and Scotland. We have a WhatsApp group with a constant stream of content that will keep a cheesy smile on your face. Have fun and smile – your brain interprets that physical action as a positive. 

Buy yourself a fun mug. 

It is so simple, but if you have a mug that makes you smile, then you are on to a winner. I have my favorite happy mug, which has the quote “Vive Cada Día Con Illusión” which translated means live every day with enthusiasm. It may sound silly, but having my morning coffee from my happy mug genuinely lifts my mood. 

Plan or attend a virtual event. 

As part of TechJobsNI service offering, we also provide insourced and outsourced consultative support in the talent space. Over the past few months, I have been providing support to the JOIN Talent team. They’ve been impressive at organizing virtual events, virtual pub nights, quizzes, and even a play your cards right evening. Use these events as a designated time to switch off. These events will undoubtedly help incentivize your productivity while maintaining your connections. 

In these strange times of lockdown and possible isolation, this is just a few of my tips on staying happy. I hope you enjoyed it. 

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