Fake Your Commute for a Sense of Normalcy


Due to the pandemic, a lot of people have been working from home and continue to do so, whether that's because you want to or your office isn't open yet. Maybe that means you can wake up a little later because you don't have the commute, so you can get some extra shut-eye, but: scientists say you can snap out of your "emotional funk" by doing that commute - or "faking" it.

The Office Group released a survey in December regarding work/life balance, and they found that a lot of people don't know how to find work/life balance because they're constantly surrounded by their office. 51% of the people surveyed said they're working outside of their normal hours, putting in an extra 59 hours over the course of five months.

How can we establish those boundaries? Jamie Goldstein, PsyD, therapy experience lead at Coa, said that people should fake their commutes to divide their day.

Does he mean that you should actually drive to work and go home? No, of course not. But, maybe you could go get your coffee in the morning like you normally would or walk the twenty minutes before work that you'd be driving. That would improve your mental health and give you a sense of "transition." Click here for more on the survey findings!