Work-from-home depression is real and it has greatly affected millennials and Gen Z people, who are completely isolated.
The work-from-home or remote jobs concept has been a game-changer for many companies and employees. There is a clash of opinions regarding work-from-home jobs where some believe it is a much-needed relaxation while others are simply going crazy with the lethargic lifestyle it has created. The latter is seen quite evidently among millennials and GenZs and many have begun to open up about ‘Work from Home’ depression. Grace - who goes on by @graceaamelia - shared her feelings in a TikTok video and fellow people couldn’t help but relate. Grace opened up in her video about how she feels having to work from home and how it has affected much of her personality and lifestyle.
“I can’t be the only one going through this work-from-home depression where I might not leave the house,” Grace said. She then mentioned how she spent days in her house “from bed to laptop.” The woman then revealed she sometimes takes a trip to the gym, but after that, it’s back to the same bland lifestyle like watching TV, scrolling TikTok and so on. “This is legit. I was like I don’t want to do this anymore,” Grace remarked. The woman further explained how she was exploring other job options with work-from-office criteria. “I don’t want to go to the office every day either and deal with the commute and talking to people,” Grace added.
“I’m struggling to find a solution,” she hopelessly said. “I don’t know what to do to change it. When I do get invited to social stuff, I don’t want to go because I’ve spent all my time inside and when I have a chance to go outside, I don’t want to go,” the woman said. She further expressed that though a part of her wishes to go out and get a break, her body is used to the sedentary lifestyle and “repels her from social interaction.” Several millennials and Gen Z people related with Grace while others suggested alternatives to help get out of the work-from-home depression. @livelaurenjones said, “This is me. I go for walks only to get out of the house. I’ve literally never felt so lonely and isolated in life.”
@curiouscat563 suggested, “You gotta do something before you start work. Something like gymming or a hobby makes a big difference.” The ‘work from home’ depression is a real thing. It has undoubtedly affected the lifestyle of employees and is a contributing factor to their lack of enthusiasm and energy.
Similarly, Beth–who goes by @livingwith.adhd–is aware of the problem as much as other youngsters. She shared a creative way to get out of the depressive slump caused by working from home. She shared her experience and said, “I was the girl who’d wake up to my alarm, grab my laptop in bed, scroll social media, have my lunch, still be in bed, finish work, scroll social media again in bed and my life was so depressing.”
She then stressed having a morning routine to beat the mental exhaustion working from home brings. “Even if it’s just laying in bed, if you’re giving yourself even one hour, you’ll have that work-life balance for you.” She suggested doing something that makes one feel good about themselves and something that makes one productive. Beth recommended gymming and getting fresh air.
Many commenters who tried this method swear by it. @hennawiithhamreet said, “Yes, I used to set my alarm for 8.55. Now I set it for 6.30 and go to the gym, it changed my life.” @amyfoglouiise1 said, “This is a habit I’ve managed to get myself out of. Got me a morning routine, it worked wonders.”