Feeling Alone, Working from Home?
Many people are now finding themselves working from home for the foreseeable future.
Whilst this presents a unique opportunity to rethink your work/life balance and perhaps invest in doing things that you have always wished you had more time to do, it does not come without its challenges.
It can be a very lonely business being locked away all day at home. As human beings we all have natural psychological and emotional needs. We need to feel we belong, we need to feel our life has meaning and purpose. We need to feel valued by others. Feeling disconnected from others, from work, from nature and faced with an uncertain future, can quickly lead to depression and anxiety.
It can be difficult to set clear boundaries between work and home life, meaning that you do not properly 'switch off' and you end up doing more work than you need to, to the detriment of other things. It can also be very testing, having to manage the competing needs of other family members, whether partners or children, also sharing both your physical and emotional space.
If ever there was a need to invest in YOU, now could well be that time.
Dynamic Counselling offers appointments to children, adolescents and adults looking for a safe, confidential space in which to work through and understand their thoughts, desires, fears and anxieties.
Taking time out for self-care is not selfish, it's necessary. If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed all the time, you will have much less of yourself to give to your family, both in terms of time and patience! It is OK to say 'no' when it all gets too much. It is also OK to seek help from a professional when times are particularly hard and when you notice events have taken their toll on your relationships, work and/or health.
Perhaps you have previously wondered about counselling and whether it might work for you. Maybe your demanding work schedule combined with a stressful commute has made it impossible for you to take forward. Or perhaps the idea of taking that first step to reach out has just been too overwhelming to even contemplate.
There are many reasons why people seek counselling, and these depend a lot on where they find themselves in life. Sometimes it might be because of something difficult that has already happened that they haven't yet 'dealt' with; other times it might be to seek a different perspective on how they are feeling right now; and for others it might be an investment for the future, a proactive measure to help build their resilience so they can better deal with any future events or big life changes, such as finding yourself suddenly working from home.
There is something incredibly empowering about being able to voice how you are feeling to a complete stranger who can validate your thoughts and really hear what you are saying.