How To Improve Your Mental Health While Working Remotely

Discover how mindfulness can benefit your mental health and well-being when working remotely. Learn practical tips for incorporating mindfulness into your daily routine, reducing stress, improving focus, and promoting overall well-being, even when working from home.

Written By:
Alabi Mercy
Published Date:
Feb 19, 2024
Updated Date:
Apr 12, 2024


In our previous blog on how to think outside the box, we mentioned how Thinking outside the box is a creative approach to problem-solving that involves breaking free from traditional, conventional thinking.

It requires a willingness to challenge assumptions, explore new possibilities, and take risks. And in doing so, we touched on the topic of Mindfulness briefly. So, let's deep dive into the concept of Mindfulness.

As a freelancer, it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. We're constantly bombarded with distractions and stimuli, making it difficult to focus and stay present in the moment.

But what if we told you that there's a simple practice that can help you improve your mental health and overall well-being? That practice is Mindfulness.


What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being present and fully engaged in the current moment without judgment or distraction. It involves paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations and accepting them without trying to change or control them.

Let's look At Some Real-Life Examples and how practicing Mindfulness has been helpful

  1. Sarah, a busy mother of three, started practicing Mindfulness to help her manage her stress levels. She found that taking a few minutes daily to focus on her breathing or practice a body scan helped her feel more calm and centered. This helped her reduce her stress levels and feel more calm and centered.

    So, mindfulness has helped Sarah become more aware of her thoughts and emotions, which helped her respond to situations with more clarity and intention.

  2. Then John, a college student, struggled with anxiety and depression. He also started practicing Mindfulness as part of his therapy, which helped him feel more in control of his thoughts and emotions. He learned to identify his triggers and manage his emotions with more acceptance and self-compassion.

    These two are very key when practicing mindfulness which has also helped John cultivate a greater sense of awareness and connection with his surroundings, which helped him feel more grounded and less isolated.

  3. Finally, Mary, a busy executive, found that Mindfulness helped her stay focused and productive at work. By taking short breaks throughout the day to practice mindfulness exercises, like Mindful breathing

She was able to stay more present and engaged in her work. Mindfulness helped Mary develop a greater sense of awareness and clarity, which helped her make better decisions and respond to challenges with more composure and resilience.

Benefits of Mindfulness

Reduces Stress

Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress levels by helping you stay focused on the present moment and avoid getting caught up in worries or anxieties about the future or past.

Improves Mental Health

Mindfulness can improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues by helping you develop greater self-awareness and self-acceptance.

Increases Resilience

Mindfulness can help you develop greater resilience and emotional strength to handle life's challenges and setbacks better.

Enhances Focus and Productivity

Mindfulness can improve your focus and productivity by helping you stay present and engaged in the task at hand rather than getting distracted by other thoughts or stimuli.

How to Practice Mindfulness

Start with Breathing

A straightforward way to practice Mindfulness is to focus on breathing. Please take a few deep breaths and then focus on the sensation of your breath as it enters and leaves your body.

Practice Body Scan

Another mindfulness technique is the body scan, which involves paying attention to each part of your body, starting from your feet and moving up to your head.

Try a Mindfulness App

Many mindfulness apps, such as Headspace and Calm, offer guided meditations and other mindfulness exercises.

What are some common obstacles to Mindfulness, and how can I overcome them?

Practicing Mindfulness can be challenging, especially for beginners. Here are some common obstacles to Mindfulness and some strategies for overcoming them:

  1. Restlessness and distractions: It's common for the mind to wander and for distractions to arise during mindfulness practice. To overcome this, try to acknowledge the distraction without judgment and gently bring your attention back to your breath or object of focus.

  2. Impatience: Many people expect to see immediate results from mindfulness practice, but it's important to understand that Mindfulness is a skill that takes time to develop. To overcome impatience, try to focus on the process of mindfulness practice rather than the result. Celebrate small victories, such as noticing your mind wandering and returning it to your breath.

  3. Negative thoughts and emotions: Mindfulness can bring up negative thoughts and feelings, which can be uncomfortable. It would be best if you tried to acknowledge the thoughts and emotions without judgment and bring your attention back to your breath or object of focus. You can also practice self-compassion by reminding yourself that it's normal to experience negative thoughts and emotions.

  4. Busy schedule: Many people need help finding time for mindfulness practice in their busy schedules. And one of the ways to overcome this is to try to integrate Mindfulness into your daily routine. You can practice Mindfulness while walking, washing dishes, or doing other activities. Start with a few minutes daily and gradually increase the time as you become more comfortable with the practice.

  5. Physical discomfort: Sitting in one position for an extended period can be uncomfortable. You can find a comfortable place or use a cushion or chair for support. You can also stretch or move your body before or after your mindfulness practice.

In Conclusion,

Mindfulness is a simple but powerful practice that can significantly impact your mental health and overall well-being. You can reduce stress, improve mental health, and increase resilience and productivity by taking a few minutes each day to stay present and engage with your thoughts and feelings.

To make mindfulness a habit, start with small and simple exercises, schedule a specific time each day for practice, incorporate mindfulness into daily activities, partner with a mindfulness buddy, use reminders, be patient and kind to yourself, and celebrate your progress.

So why not give it a try? Start with a few simple mindfulness exercises, and see how it can transform your mental health and well-being.