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How to Beat the Loneliness When You Work At Home

Avoid feeling lonely while working at home by getting outside, reaching out to friends and coworkers, and taking the time to schedule social plans.
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It’s ironic: You left your office job so you could have some peace and quiet—and of course, get your work done, too. But now that you’re working from home, there’s too much quiet. You can beat the feelings of loneliness—and keep working from home successfully—with these tips.

Schedule breaks. You’ve finally gotten your family and friends to understand that when you’re working from home, you’re actually working. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still reach out and chat with someone. So schedule timely breaks (like 15 minutes or so) when you can reconnect with those most important to you. Just be sure to stick to your schedule or else your workload will suffer.

Reach out to coworkers. Sure, it’s easier (and faster) to dash off an email when you have a question. But it’s better to converse with colleagues than simply send a message. IM-ing with a colleague, speaking on the phone or even Skyping can help you to reestablish a connection to your coworkers, all the while getting your job done, too.

Work outside. Yes, your home office is cozy—and working in it allows you to work (sometimes) in your PJ’s. The beauty of being a telecommuter, though, is that you can work from anywhere in the world, not just your home office. If you’re feeling like you need to be around people, pick up your laptop and plug it in at your local Starbucks or other coffee house. You might not necessarily need to chat with other people, but being around them can do a world of good for your psyche.

Keep up your social calendar. Working from home gives you greater flexibility in your schedule. But are you really being as flexible as possible? Pursue your passions—such as yoga or cooking classes—during your lunch hour so you can be around people who have similar interests to your own. Doing what you love and potentially making a few friends outside of work can help you balance your busy workday—and help battle the isolation.

There is never going to be a perfect working situation. After all, even working from home can have its own disadvantages. But luckily, it’s easy to fight the feelings of loneliness to create a happier, healthier work life balance.

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