5 Ways to Reduce Loneliness When Working From Home

5 Ways to Reduce Loneliness When Working From Home By Cathi Nelson

One of the rituals I enjoyed most while working in an office was the daily walk to the coffee shop. Every morning a group of us would line up ordering our favorite latte or cappuccino chatting the entire time. The conversation was light hearted; what we had for dinner, a review of a favorite TV show, a morning wardrobe malfunction or our plans for the weekend. When I resigned to spend more time with my newly adopted son and work from home, I found myself out of sorts, feeling sad and lonely. Even though I loved working from home, something was missing. I eventually realized it was the “conversation around the water cooler”! Over the years, I found solutions to help combat the loneliness.

Here are 5 ways you to can find connections and community even though you work from home.

Get Out Often:

One day I realized I was going to the grocery store almost every day and it wasn’t because I needed anything, I just needed to be in a place with other people. Now I schedule a daily lunch break with myself. I run an errand, go to the post office, grocery store, take a walk or meet a friend for lunch.  Even if I don’t speak with anyone, I find this  break crucial to my emotional health.

Attend a Small Business Conference: 

Every year I attend at least one small business conference. My favorite is Spark & Hustle.We are all small business owners with a lot of diversity in what we were do but the one thing we have in common is the need to connect. From those events, a group of us formed a private Facebook group and every day we share our struggles, questions, successes and failures.

Find a Pacing Partner:

I have someone I check in with most morning between 8:30am – 9:00am. I get my coffee and we talk about our kids, our evening and then a bit about what we hope to accomplish for the day. This call helps me start my day feeling connected and keeps me focused. I always call it our “ water cooler check in”.

Audit a Class: 

Check out your nearby community college or university and consider auditing a course. Auditing allows you to take a class without the need to complete homework for a grade or credit, so it is less expensive and stressful. The purpose is often for self-enrichment and academic exploration. Take a class in something that interests you; history, pottery, basket weaving! You will meet new and interesting people while giving your brain a rest from thinking about your work at home.

Ramp Up Your Social Life:

If you are the type of person who doesn’t think about the weekend until it’s Friday night and you realize you have no plan, now is the time to change that. You don’t need to have something planned for every weekend but you will have a better week if you get your social needs met. Find a faith community, get to know your neighbors, invite a family over for a cook out or join a meetup group. You will find you have more energy and passion if you can share part of your life with other people

This week make a goal to try one of the suggestions above and share your results with us. We can be part of your “water cooler community” and cheer you on!

Cathi Nelson had her “light bulb” moment when she recognized that consumers were becoming increasingly overwhelmed with the exploding number of photos, media and memorabilia they were accumulating. She started her own photo organizing business called PhotoSimplified and was amazed at the response from clients and others who wanted to learn how to add photo-organizing services to their business. In response she founded, The Association of Personal Photo Organizers to support the new and emerging profession of photo- life management by providing training, support, products and collaboration for people interested in adding photo management services to their existing business or as a new business. Since its inception, APPO has grown to hundreds of  members throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom.

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