Ways to Reduce Mental Stress While Working From Home

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The pandemic has affected everyone in many different ways; financially, physically and mentally. It has tremendously changed the way we live and work. You may find yourself faced with uncertainty, unfamiliar issues or new problems, giving rise to pressure in life. It is in this instance, equipping yourself with the right tools and tips on how to keep a healthy mental wellbeing becomes paramount. Read on for ways to reduce stress, especially for those working from home!

What is mental health?

Mental health is basically our emotional wellbeing. According to the World Health Organisation, mental health is a state of well-being where an individual is able to cope with the daily stresses of life, work productively and contribute to the community.

Why is it important?

We have always put our physical health as our utmost priority but our mental health is equally important as it affects our quality of life. Some of us may not even realise that we are emotionally affected in these times.

Due to the pandemic, many of us are working from home and avoiding public areas. We are living very differently, with new restrictions and social distancing measures in place and that is indirectly causing us emotional stress.

Workout/Do some light exercise

Exercise while working from home to destress

Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly have lower rates of depression. On top of keeping ourselves healthy, our bodies produce ‘happy hormones’ called endorphins (not dolphins!) when we exercise.

Simple workout routines such as short walks around the block or cycling, or even household chores like vacuuming and mopping can help to relieve some mental stress.


Meditation is no longer just for monks and yogis. It helps reduce anxiety and stress as you enter a state of relaxation or restful alertness. There are a lot of free resources online on meditation videos. Alternatively, you can also download and try the Headspace app for free.

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Take small breaks

A little distraction always helps take your mind off a stressful situation or thought. If you have been working from home for months since the circuit breaker, being cooped up at home most days with your laptop can be depressing. Step away from your home office and watch some TV, take a nap or scroll through Facebook and laugh at silly memes shared by your friends.

Pick up a new hobby

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic turning the whole world upside down, it also started a trend of learning new things. Some have taken on DIY projects or online courses to add value to their resumes, while others picked up cooking (or rather the latest TikTok food trends) whilst being stuck at home.

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Check-in with family, friends, colleagues and/or neighbours

Stay social while working from home

Whilst looking out for ourselves, checking-in with our loved ones not only helps us to have human connection during self-isolation but gives support to others. Helping each other get through these uncertain times are important as showing compassion and kindness contribute to our own happiness. That said, don’t forget social distancing measures and make sure that there are no more than 5 visitors in your home at any given time.

Seek support from professionals

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and need help, there are always help readily available. Check out the list of numbers you could call if you need emotional or psychological support at the official online communication platform and repository of the Singapore Government.

Having a good mental wellbeing is key to having a good life.


Information is accurate as at 17 September 2020. This content is for reference only. This policy is underwritten by Etiqa Insurance Pte. Ltd. (Company Reg. No. 201331905K). Protected up to specified limits by SDIC.

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