It’s a situation that many are familiar with — a job that once required you to come into the office now requires that you work from home. For some, this is one of the best gifts that life has given them and they love having the freedom to organize their day from the comfort of their own living space. For others, it’s a more frustrating experience.
If you’ve found this page, chances are that you’re in the latter group. At Two Rivers Counseling, we know just how difficult it can be to adjust to such a vastly different work dynamic. Although chances are that you’ve gotten used to it (or at least you are getting used to it), the truth is that there are still a lot of challenges that come with working from home.
In today’s post, we’d like to tackle some of these challenges head on, reminding you that if you need help processing the past — and your path forward — speaking with a therapist is often the best decision to achieve clarity. Keep reading to learn more or schedule an appointment today.
Separating Work From Life
The biggest challenge that many are facing is figuring out exactly how to define their balance between work and life. After all, your home is now your office, so what happens when an email comes in after work hours? Even if you’re not a workaholic, it can be tempting to think, “Oh, I’ll just check that really quick. Maybe send a response.” Although that approach works for some, for others, it starts to erode the boundaries that need to exist between work and life.
Others experience a different challenge: staying focused at work while family is also at home. In other words, when your partner needs help with a quick project or your kids need some attention or the dog needs to go for a walk, it can be distracting. Similarly, hearing noise from the television, seeing what’s going on in your neighborhood, or even wanting to watch a movie can pull you out of the zone that you need to be in to get work done.
You Deserve to Give Yourself Some Grace
The most important tip we have for you is this: give yourself grace in the midst of this vast change. Things are drastically different now than they were 6 months ago and the difference is something that many are still adjusting to. There is no doubt that social distancing and working from home are massive changes, so don’t feel like you have to have them mastered. We’re all in this together and we’re all doing our best. That’s all we can hope for and it’s certainly a noble thing to strive for.
Like many other things in life, the truth is that we’re very willing to be kind to others who are dealing with stress, but not nearly as kind to ourselves. Why is it that we hold ourselves to such high standards? Why do we create unrealistic expectations of what we “should” achieve?
Ultimately, these questions are ones we should all reflect on as individuals. Of course, it can be difficult to process feelings and emotions, and that’s when seeing a therapist can make the most sense. No matter what you’re going through or the type of unique challenges that you’re facing, you’ll find that Two Rivers Counseling in Portland offers professional, personal, effective counseling that’s designed to meet you where you are while helping you to find the path forward. You don’t have to go through it alone.
Now Offering Online Counseling Sessions
Finding a therapist you can rely on can be hard, but at Two Rivers Counseling, our goal is to offer you the help you need no matter what’s going on. Whether it’s personal counseling, marriage counseling, or family counseling, therapist Jeffrey Post-Holmberg is here to help.
With a Master’s Degree in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy from Lewis and Clark College, Dr. Post-Holmberg focuses on helping patients break cycles, find healing, and move forward positively and confidently into the future.