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Hi all, I would appreciate your thoughts - I’ve been really struggling to adjust to long-term WFH and just have been extremely unhappy with it (feelings of isolation, burnout, hopelessness). I realize I’m not spending time on commute and such, not wearing uncomfortable clothes, but I’m still really miserable. I feel like most of my daily joy used to come from live interaction with people. I know many of y’all are really thriving on WFH and need your help / thoughts on how best to adjust. TIA!!

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I feel the exact same. I appreciate work from home a lot of the time, but I have felt so depressed lately. I miss my old life, even though that meant some late nights at the office. I’m trying to go in two days a week or so. A few other people are in too, not sure how your office is but I’d recommend it! I realize you were asking more about WFH tips, but getting out of the house is what has helped me.

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I’ve been fully in office for the last two months for this exact reason. People are slowly trickling back but it’s still very lonely. We’re more than just emails and digitally conferred information we’re people.

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Do you have friends or family you could meet through the week? I've been working from home as well but I try and get lunch or coffee with friends at least twice a week. And I spend time with loved ones over the weekend. You can video call colleagues as well. Making sure I set aside time for a quick walk during day time helps. I find that even small things like going to the store to get groceries helps my mood. If you have colleagues you like maybe you can all lunch together at least once a week? Good luck !!

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Crawling under covers is the best thing from WFH. The 3:00 o’clock coffee has been replaced by a 30 minute power nap! I honestly love working from home. I don’t miss the politics and gossip from the office and as a paralegal the interaction with the attorneys is all about work. I am a working mom so it helps me, but I can see how you may miss the interaction with your friends. Hang in there!

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Don’t have much advice but I’m in the same boat, you’re not alone. I get that some people love WFH (and I love it sometimes) but I really miss office socializing, meetings, lunches, happy hours, just chatting in the office etc.

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Is there an option for you pop into the office on a voluntary basis 1-2 times a week, perhaps?

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All my work is transactional and any meetings were generally over the phone anyway. Different industry I guess. I’d talk with your coworkers and see if they feel the same. Maybe there’s a way to meet once a month or something just so everybody can vent their frustration.

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People wanted flexibility from working in the office. Now they have it and don’t want it. Lol. I do. It sounds like you don’t have kids or a partner. If you had and were happy with either WFH would be a blessing. Breathe and relish the flexibility. Or maybe ask colleagues to meet every now and then for HH or find a therapist. 😬 Maybe find a hobby or something you enjoy outside of work. That’ll allow you to be thankful in the flexibility to pursue those interests. G’luck!

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D1 - I get you’re an introvert. Cool. Many of us aren’t. And many of us enjoy having work relationships that are real and we aren’t “conflating” anything. You can have your way but that doesn’t make you “correct” or better than us. Yikes. OP asked for advice, not your hot take on why it’s wrong to value personal relationships.

I definitely agree with you. I’m not cut out to WFH permanently. I feel disconnected with the world & I’m happy I’m back in the office.

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Get a portable lap top monitor and work in coffee shops occasionally, set boundaries, have an established work area in your home, join some Sort of rec kick ball league or something

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It’s in part personality diffs. If you’re an extrovert and need that find ways to get it. Is your office open at all and do you feel comfortable going? Are there other places in your life you could people more?

Think about your favorite parts of being home and really try to amp those up. for example, I love being able to make as much fresh coffee as I want, I love being able to walk my puppy, listening to music. Wearing comfy clothes. I like to do face masks, or take little naps (really more like closing my eyes and laying down for 10 mins). Whatever brings you comfort and happiness, surround yourself with those things. They may be very different from what I described, but take some time to think about the things you love and try to incorporate them into your day. Funny enough, I used to try to do this when I dreaded going into work - incorporating things I love into my day. It’s just a matter of adjusting. You’ll get there!

It’s interesting to see this take. Thanks for sharing. I thought everyone was loving WFH but clearly that’s not the case. I don’t have any advice, but do appreciate seeing this perspective.

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