Create Stricter Work-Life Boundaries
The stress levels social workers experience will worsen if they fail to disengage from work after the clock. When social workers continue thinking about their work tasks during their off-hours, they don’t give their brains or bodies the rest it needs. Disengaging can be more difficult during remote work since there are no longer physical boundaries to separate the home and the workplace. Remote social workers then need to make a greater effort to distinguish where work ends and the rest of life begins. They can do this by assigning a specific room for work purposes, which they are only allowed to enter during work hours. If this is not possible, they can simply hide all items associated with work (such as laptops) out of sight once they log off. When social workers set these boundaries, they can prevent work stress from growing and bleeding into the rest of their lives.
Social work can be an extremely stressful job, especially after the global health crisis created a greater demand. Small lifestyle changes, such as practicing mindfulness exercises, adopting healthy diets, and creating boundaries between work and life can help social workers better manage job-related stress.