More people are working remotely than ever before. In fact, studies suggest that there has been a 28% increase in homeworkers over the last decade. In 2020 almost half of the UK workforce worked at home.
Thanks to better tech, shifting organisational cultures, and businesses adapting to the next generation of employees, working from home is now encouraged across a range of industries.
However, it comes with plenty of challenges - many of which are linked to mental resilience. Maintaining good mental health and wellbeing while working from home is key to a successful, happy life - but it isn’t easy.
Our Mental Resilience Toolkit for Homeworkers features 12 modules which explore the challenges faced by homeworkers. The course can be taken at your leisure and will provide actionable steps to help you lead a happier life.
WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF I DON'T TAKE ACTION?
Unless you’re lucky enough to have lots of space at home, you’ll probably find that home working results in less space for the rest of the family. This can create distractions for both parties and fuel anger towards one another which, of course, you’ll all later regret.
So, is the solution to simply go and work at the local coffee shop? While this may help, the challenges faced in those locations (for instance, poor internet connectivity and noisy environments) may prove even more problematic.
If any of these challenges resonate with you, you’ll probably also be familiar with the feeling of being completely exhausted at night. This may result in you shutting down physically and emotionally from your partner, thus putting a big strain on your relationship.
Working from home under so much stress and pressure can result in:
- feelings of helplessness;
- chronic stress;
- relationship problems; and
- complete breakdown.
You may even experience more serious mental health conditions in the future, if you don’t act now.
ABOUT YOUR TRAINER:
Claire Russell - Founder, Trainer, Speaker & Coach
Claire has been running businesses in the financial services sector for over 20 years.
This has given her a very broad business knowledge and a great deal of experience in facing and overcoming the challenges that all business owners face at some time in their business careers.
Claire started to use some of her time to help others as a volunteer with Samaritans, after experiencing a difficult period in her life. She realised that she wanted to use her skills and experiential knowledge to help other people facing difficult times; and in particular, mental health issues. This led her to undergo various additional training programs via Samaritans, Mental Health First Aid England and as a Coach; to begin volunteering and working privately with people; and to start speaking candidly about issues relating to mental health and suicide.
In March 2018 Claire experienced a double tragedy- the loss of her partner due to suicide and shortly after the loss of their unborn child. Experiencing loss like this has made Claire all the more determined to take her experience, training and knowledge and help as many people as possible. Her vision is to lead a global shift in attitudes towards mental health and suicide.
In the last few years, having become increasingly concerned by the growing epidemic of mental health problems, she has become passionate about helping to effect change by educating people, by breaking down taboos and opening up the conversation about mental health.
Claire leads our program development, delivers training and coaching; and is a prolific speaker. She continues to be a committed volunteer, giving much of her time to her local Samaritans branch.
As well as being a listening volunteer with The Samaritans, Claire is also qualified as a Mental Health First Aider and CLARITY Practitioner