12.05.2021

My Calendar Is Still Packed Even Though I’m Working From Home

Keep reading to find out the activities that help me stay sane after sitting in front of a computer for eight hours, and hopefully you are able to find some inspiration while taking care of yourself.

The adjustment to working from home has definitely taken some time to get used to for most people – I know it has for me. Whether you’re still logging on or are generally finding yourself with more time on your hands, it’s more essential than ever that we pay attention to both our physical health and mental health, and prioritize practices that help maintain a healthy balance.

If you are still working while at home, it’s easy to get sucked into sitting in front of your computer for much longer than you would if you were in an office, so it’s important to find ways to turn off your work brain and do something to wind down once you log off. If you can, start by setting a time when you’re going to be officially finished for the day, whether that’s 5 p.m., or 10 p.m., or anywhere in between. Then, you can focus on reconnecting with yourself and doing something that’s going to help you find a work-life balance, even when both are taking place in the same space.

Yale’s Most Popular Class, The Science of Well-Being, Is Open to All and Worth Taking

If you’re in the house and looking for something to do, I’m all about finding hobbies that make you feel like the best version of yourself. Whether that’s sewing, baking, or working out, it feels really good to be productive and get something done. A friend of mine told me about a course called The Science of Well-Being ($49), which is taught by Yale professor Laurie Santos and available on Coursera, and I decided to check it out. I’m now convinced that it should be required learning for everyone.

The class studies happiness and all the misconceptions that come with it. You’ll learn that happiness doesn’t just mean one thing and complete exercises to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. Using science-based evidence and practical applications, this understanding of well-being is something that everyone can benefit from. The lectures are broken up into digestible video clips, and the reading isn’t long, no more than an hour or two per week. In just 10 weeks, you can learn about rewiring your brain to understand what actually makes you happy and put those principles into action. It’s probably one of the most productive things I can imagine doing with my time at home.

There are two ways you can take this class. For $49, you can have full access to the course; you’re graded like a Yale student, and you get a certificate of completion from the school. If you sign up for the free version, you’re essentially auditing the class, so you get access to all the materials but don’t get formally graded and don’t get the certificate of completion. As someone who has struggled with anxiety, I can’t wait to dive deeper into this course. Santos is not only brilliant, her lectures are engaging and easy to listen to. As a lifelong learner, I’m thrilled that this class exists, and I’ve already shared it with all my friends. Here’s to making ourselves a little bit happier each day.

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