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The new normal: working from home

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Across the country, and here in Lubbock, there is a new normal.

Workers are now waking up in their homes turned offices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Even some of the FOX34 team is now working remotely.

While our "furry" co-workers may be happy to spend more time with us, experts say the sudden change may affect us in ways we didn't expect.

"I know that a lot of people right now are really struggling with being in the process of grieving and maybe aren't even realizing that," crisis intervention specialist Patricia Moulton said. "We tend to think that grieving is just when somebody dies. It's not. A grieving is a loss of any kind."

"As humans we're designed for connection, for me that's the core of mental health, being able to connect with others in a healthy way," licensed therapist Emily Johnston said.

Some tips to keep in the "working" mindset include getting ready for the day as normal.

"Whatever it is that normally would get my day going, if I don't do that, than I don't accomplish anything that day," Moulton said.

And creating a workspace:

"A recognition that 'hey, this is my workspace'  and at the end of the day I'm able to walk away from it," Johnston said.

One of the most important parts of working from home is also the most difficult, unplugging for the day.

The experts recommend turning off your work computer or email and going for a walk outside. 

"Something that is ritualistic in the sense, it's something you're doing daily, it's something that signifies my work day is over, I'm returning to home, creating that space," Johnston explained.

Most importantly, now is the time to be patient as many make a similar transition to remote work,  especially families.

"Our dogs are going to bark when ups rings the doorbell, my kids are going to come in when they're arguing over who gets which cereal, this is not going to be this perfect flawless day. I've had to learn to shift my expectations to match the moment," Johnston said.

There may be a learning curve to working remotely but city, state, and federal leaders emphasize this will only be temporary.

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