Working at Home or Living at Work?

This week, I took a couple days away from my clinical practice for a “staycation.” Since I am not currently traveling (thanks, COVID-19), I chose to book a local hotel room (taking precautions, of course). As soon as I checked in, I felt a sense of relief that I haven’t had in quite a long time.

Photo by Roberto Nickson on (The view from my hotel room wasn’t quite this good, but I think the image captures how good it felt to finally leave the “office”)

There are so many things that I love about working from home. You can’t beat the commute, I haven’t forgotten my lunch in months, and I can involve my cats in my sessions. But the trade off is that I am quite literally living at work. I never leave the office for the day – instead, I go into the next room. On weekends, I have to go into work to get a sweatshirt. I used to joke during busy times that it felt like I lived at work, but now it’s true in a literal sense.

Part of being a psychologist means compartmentalizing my work life and my home life. This becomes much more difficult when I’m never more than ten feet from the office.

For any professionals reading this who are still doing the #WorkFromHome life, I really encourage you to find safe ways to get out of your office, overnight if possible. The last few days are the most relaxed I have felt since I left my real office on March 27, and I still don’t know when I will be back. Take care of yourself!

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Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. She completed her internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium with specializations in assessment and rural mental health. Currently, she specializes in trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming care, and she is certified in telemental health. Dr. Marschall runs a private practice, RMH Therapy, where she provides individual and family therapy as well as psychological assessments across the lifespan. Dr. Amy Marschall is an author and professional speaker.

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