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Remote Work, In-Person Work & Mental Health: Finding Balance with Boundaries.

There’s a lot of talk out there about remote work, in-person work, and

mental health in the workplace.

When I met Claire she was walking a line between the next level of her career,

and quitting it all.

She used to know what she wanted to achieve.

She had a vision of where she was headed.

But somewhere along the line, things changed.

She became confused about her next steps,

overwhelmed by her own expectations,

and felt behind where she thought she should be.

And with more companies requiring employees to be in person,

I wonder if you’re feeling the same way.

If the thought of trying to manage the job you used to enjoy

and the family you love feels impossible.

If you feel like you always have to be on,

to respond to the email or text,

so you’re working 24/7 - even when you’re not “at work”

If you love working from home and don’t know how to go back because

childcare is too expensive,

you feel out of the loop and afraid to be seen,

and you’re too comfortable working from your kitchen…

Rates of workplace anxiety, depression, and stress are through the roof for both

in-person and remote workers.

Lack of boundaries between working hours and home hours,

The pressure to succeed,

A crazy economy,

Isolation, and

Social anxiety that exploded during the pandemic and continues to rage out of control is causing brilliant, once-confident people, to walk away from their jobs.

Even when they want to stay and excel.

Claire and I worked on both her home and work life to create boundaries around

her work hours,

where she worked,

and when she responded to emails and texts.

We made intentional space for her to explore other hobbies and interests outside of work and being a mom, so she had the motivation to step away and have fun doing things that felt worthwhile and fulfilling to her.

She started sleeping more and better,

Taking daily walks,

Asking for what she wanted and deserved at work.

And got crystal clear on her next step forward because she

Learned how to recognize when she was spinning in stress and anxiety,

How to get calm so she could think clearly,

And developed the confidence to go for it!

Whether you work remotely and love it, want to go back to in-person work, or are hoping for a hybrid work scenario in 2024, you can love your job and feel good at home when you’re not stressed, anxious, and depressed.

Your mental health is always job 1.

Talk to me about how I can help you. It's as simple as a message.

P.S.  Stop letting anxiety call the shots. You can decide now to change how your body feels and how you respond when you're anxious, so anxiety loses its power. The question isn't, “Am I ready?” The question is, “Have I decided to be ready?”

P.P.S. Be sure to check out Episode 76 of the More than Anxiety Podcast to hear more about Remote Work, In-Person Work & Your Mental Health wherever you listen. While you’re there, take a quick minute to leave a review and follow so you don’t miss a beat and help others find the podcast as well. Thanks!

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