As part of Science Week 2020, neuroscientist Ian Robertson is sharing top tips to help us apply science to our day to day lives.
Working from home can be a real positive when it comes to finding a work/life balance. In an ideal world, it would even afford you the opportunity to take the odd power nap as studies have shown that short periods of sleep can actually boost your productivity.
However, things don't always go to plan and sometimes your WFH routine can go from calm to stressful very quickly. And although stress can be good as it can sharpen our focus and make us up our game, we don't want too much of an overload.
According to Ian, when we do get overly stressed, our brains spot that things are getting out of control, and the adrenal glands trickle the stress hormone cortisol into our bodies.
The brain shunts blood away from the gut and towards the muscles which leads to an empty feeling in the pit of the stomach. As a result, your mind whirrs with all the demands being made on you, but without you actually finishing any of your tasks properly.
So, what can we do to make working from home less stressful?
1. Avoid multi-tasking
Rather than juggling multiple things at once, make a list and focus on just one thing on the list. Ticking each task off will give your brain a success boost.
2. Create a workspace
Your brain will learn to associate that place with work and nothing else.
3. Take breaks
Have regular five-minute brain breaks for yourself where you do absolutely nothing.