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Dealing With Isolation When Working from Home

Working from home is a great adventure. It can be time consuming for some individuals. It is important to not get so caught up in working from home that you put family time and important friendships aside.

Some individuals are more socially dependent than others. In other words, working from home may present challenges for the mother who must have social networks to survive in life. If time is not taken to socialize, problems may arise.

How do you deal with isolation?

For many mothers, family time is the main social event in their life. For others, keeping other social avenues is equally or more important. So, what do you do if you start feeling isolated while working from home?

It is important to balance work time with your social time. Everyone needs time away from work. Everyone needs relationships in life to survive. If you are starting to feel isolated from the world during home-based work, plan some time out of the house. This can be with your best friend, your spouse, or other close family members.

Review the amount of time that you are working. It may be that you are trying to do too much in working from home. There is a solution to the problem, when you are feeling isolated.

Take some down time

Down time or time away from the business is needed to refresh your mind and body. Time away with the family, or friends, is important. Balance is essential when working from home.

Take some time to do some of your favorite hobbies, and invite a close friend to participate. Attend a scrapbooking workshop with a buddy. Or, go to the movie with some old friends.

Becoming involved in community service projects is another way to become involved in the public. During the holidays, volunteers are needed to help feed the homeless. Consider ways that you can become involved within the community. Make a difference in helping abused women, or helping to stock a local food bank.

Consider volunteer work

When feeling isolated at home, it may be desirable to consider volunteering. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, working in nursing homes, and delivering Meals on Wheels are just a few options. You have the power to decide how much time to devote to doing outside work.

Consider adding a small job outside the home

Some mothers may miss working outside the home. They may also have a strong desire to work at home. How do you deal with this?

If it is not overwhelming, consider adding a small outside job to your work-from-home experience. You can decide to work one day outside of the home. Also, you are in control and can decide to work only four hours each week outside the home. The choice is yours.

Another option

Another option is available for mothers. Some work from home opportunities allows moms to work at home, as well as onsite. In other words, companies hire mothers who can work from home a number of days each week coupled with coming into their office a certain number of days.

This option will allow those who are more socially dependent to fulfill the dream of both worlds. This will allow time away from home in an office setting paired with the ability to work in a home office the rest of the week.


Be encouraged

The most important thing is to find out what works best for you and your family. The rewards of working from home are great, but there may be times that you need to step away for a short period of time and invest in time with family and friends.

Many options are available if you are starting to feel isolated at home. Do some soul searching to determine what changes need to be made. Here are some things to consider:

  •      Am I trying to do too much in working from home (work too many hours, or days)?
  •      Am I feeling overwhelmed and stressed out? If so, why am I feeling this way?
  •      Are there hobbies that I can take time with family, or friends, to enjoy?
  •      Do I need to call a special friend that I have not conversed with lately?
  •      Will doing some volunteer work help me feel like I am not so isolated?
  •      Is this a temporary feeling of isolation, or is it constant for a long period of time?

Many times, as mothers, we need to step back from the situation we are struggling with. We need to take some time away to clear our thoughts and honestly examine the situation to determine causes. For example, a mother is feeling isolated while working from home. Taking a break for the afternoon allows her to think about what might be going on. She loves to work from home, but is unsure why she is feeling this way.

In taking a new view at her situation, she realizes that several things are working against her: it is the winter months, she is feeling cooped up, and she recently lost a friend of the family. It is not necessarily that working from home is the main cause of her feeling isolated. It is determined that other things are playing into the picture.

The result of her examination is she will take some special family time promoting additional bonding with those important in her life. She will take short breaks to get some fresh air in the warmer part of the day. She will also take some time to heal from the loss of her friend.

Solutions are available to solve the feelings of isolation. Determine the main cause of your feelings. Seek help if it is needed. Working from home is a rewarding experience and you are in control of your life. In order to enjoy the benefits, you must remain healthy in body, soul, and spirit. It is important to take care of yourself, so that you can take care of your family.

If you would like help in finding solutions to make your work from home experience the best it can be, visit online at TheRealWorkFromHomeMom site. Becky offers a wide variety of work at home helps, as well as job coaching services to help you in your journey!

 

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Dealing With Isolation When Working from Home
Friday, 17 February 2012
Working from home is a great adventure. It can be time consuming for some individuals. It is important to not get so caught up in...

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