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Five Wellness apps to support your employees' flexible working.

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Over the last three years, Buffer’s State of Remote Work Report has found the two consistently highly reported struggles of remote work to lie within communication/collaboration and loneliness. 

We’re going to walk you through 6 of the best wellness apps we’ve discovered to overcome the woes of flexible working including boosting mental health, work-induced anxiety, and burnout. 

What do we mean by flexible working?

According to the GOV.UK website, flexible working is defined as a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, for example having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.’ 

Working ‘flexibly’ could be a variety of things in 2021. In the COVID-19 context, we are referring to the above, but flexible working can also include: 

  • Flexible hours

  • Working part-time and being furloughed part-time

  • Working somewhere different to your pre-COVID work environment

Once lockdown lifts and life resembles some form of normality, our research revealed that ofthose that currently rent their workspace, 39% will encourage remote working moving forwards. 

What if I don’t want to work from home full-time indefinitely? 
Hot-desking and co-working are two options that successfully break up the monotony of working from home. If you’d like to know more about hot-desking options near you, you might want to check out this post

6 Wellness Apps to help you conquer the remote working challenges

For work-induced stress and anxiety: 
Working from home presents clear challenges when it comes to completing team-oriented tasks and projects. To make matters worse, being isolated can mean this stress builds up and leaves you crippled, unable to ask your manager or team for help. 
We recommend:

  • Sanvello.

    Sanvello can be a fantastic tool in expediting excess worries and concerns, leaving your mind clear to complete the tasks at hand. Sanvello helps you do this using holistic methods and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and encouraging to write down your dilemmas. 
    > Write down the tasks > identify the stress triggers > confidently communicate them with your team > feel your work stress ease.

For strengthening your mental health:

  • Headspace. 
    $12.99 monthly. 

    Setting aside time to care for yourself - perhaps in a more drastic way than you were before you were working remotely - is something businesses are only beginning to address more seriously in light of the previous year.  Headspace offers free ten cohesive meditation sessions (guided and self-led) and hours more if you opt for a paid subscription. 

  • Stop, Breathe & Think.

    Does just what it says on the tin. This app allows you to enter your mood and suggests apt meditations, breathing exercises, and approaches that will coach you through whatever life throws at you.

    For burnout and demotivation: 

    Burnout can manifest in many forms. It can be a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. There is no quick fix to this, but the following three apps encourage you to make space in your day to use your brain in an alternative way:

  • Blinklist. 
    $12.99 monthly, or 50% off for an annual plan. 

    The app that nourishes the brain. Turn the small moments into precious and enlightening ones by listening to some of the world’s most invigorating books in just 15 minutes covering a range of genres. 

  • Fabulous

    An excellent self-care and habit tracker app that can help you break toxic habits and gain back some well-deserved downtime. 

  • Colorfy 

    The adult virtual-colouring book. A relaxing, fun, and lateral way to ground you when you need it. 

Investing in your wellness will be the best thing you do while working remotely. 

Investing some time, money, and energy in your wellness is the best time you will spend whilst working remotely in lockdown 3.0. Try one of these apps and let us know how you fare in the comments below! 

Don’t see yourself working remotely forever?

Whilst there are a plethora of things we love and loath about homeworking, we rarely speak to clients who are happy to work from home 100% of the time. To find out what flexible, hot-desking, or short-term offices to rent are available, reach out to us. 

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