When I was a little girl, my family came up with a motto: “We like it when we’re home. We do not like it when we are not home.” I am a home-body through and through. I love working from home. I love working late at night when my body is naturally more awake. I love being able to eat lunch at home. I love being able to take a break by taking a nap on the couch.
But as I’ve been working from home more and more lately, I’ve realized that I’ve been letting the boundary between work time and home time get blurry. It’s been gradual and unintentional, but it’s resulted in a pervasive sense of anxiety. By not giving myself permission to be “off duty” even though I didn’t physically leave the office and drive home, I wasn’t allowing myself the down time which we all need to do well at our jobs.