As we accept that working from home is here to stay, many people are adopting a ‘fake commute’ to ensure a clear boundary between home and work. This is a great way to build in some self-care and build your resilience for the day ahead.
Although many people who had previously spent time travelling to and from an office don't necessarily miss the rush, the pushing and shoving or sitting in traffic, they do yearn for the time to transition between work and home.
That precious space gave the opportunity to mentally prepare for the day ahead, to read, or to listen to a podcast. Without it, many people are starting work earlier and finishing later with no space in-between. This increase in longer hours, without downtime or space to reflect, is impacting greatly on mental health, stress and burnout figures.
Incorporating a fake commute is just one way to introduce personal boundaries and give yourself the valuable space you need in order to perform better during the course of your day.
This could be a walk around the block, jogging on the spot in the garden, a gentle yoga practice, quiet time with a coffee or even a short drive. Even if you are familiar with working from home, these simple practices can create a strong foundation for self-care.
Gemma Brown is an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation, working with people to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Skype and Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.