"It's the perfect storm of anxiety" Caroline Foran on managing stress while working from home
Over half of Irish workers are dealing with increased levels of stress and anxiety.
Working from home is something we've all been adapting to since lockdown began. For many workers it's been a breath of fresh air, a time to take stock and contemplate work/life balance. Putting the health and safety of the nation first has been paramount during the Covid-19 pandemic, we've all been staying together by being apart so simply put... we've got on with it!
That being said, it's also a stressful time for many. New research commissioned by LinkedIn has revealed the mental health impact of working from home during a global pandemic.
Out of the 2,000 workers surveyed, over half of them are feeling more stressed than usual. LinkedIn also revealed that Irish workers who are working from home are racking up an extra 38 hours per month - that's the equivalent of an additional working week.
Best-selling author, journalist and podcaster Caroline Foran has written extensively about coming to terms with her own anxiety. we invited her on this week's episode of Girls With Goals to talk about how people can accept and manage the anxiety and stress that comes with working from home.
Check out a snippet from our interview with Caroline below:
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Has working from home blurred the lines between work life and personal life, and left you feeling pressured to be always on? @carolineforan discusses the valid anxiety that lockdown has created and how best to manage it. • Link in bio to the full interview on #GirlsWithGoals ?
Although surprising and concerning it's also good to focus on some of the positive statistics emerging from the research; one-third of women are exercising more and almost half of workers are spending more quality time with their family.
Post-lockdown many of the respondents (51%) also admitted to wanting both flexible hours and the option to work from home.
You can listen to the full interview with Caroline Foran on the latest episode of Girls With Goals below. We're also joined by Kodaline's Mark Prendergast to discuss their fourth album which will be released next month, his recovery from Covid-19 and what the 'new normal' will be for the gig economy.