A Teenager’s Advice to Bounce Back at Home

My colleague and her daughter are sharing a home office these days. Lest we forget, COVID-19 has turned more than one aspect of our lives upside-down, even in small ways like that. Anyway, during a work call the other day, that colleague shared with me a list her daughter wrote entitled Undepression Tips. While she is not the original author, she has taken what she found on social media and made it her own so she can bring a bit of normalcy to every day. She has it posted on the wall by her desk so that it is a prominent fixture during her work week.

Undepression Tips – Revised Version For Fighting COVID-19

To continue, the list is shared below. Before we get to that, though, I’d like to tell you that the daughter in question is a teenager! Yes, people of all ages are experiencing unfathomable emotions and concerns due to this COVID-19 virus. So, if constructive lists like this can help in any way, I say we continue to share them across the world … because we are all in the same boat right now and every little bit of positive energy helps.

Now, without further ado, here is the revised edition of Undepression Tips.

  • Get up when your alarm goes off (8:15)
  • Always get changed out of your pajamas
  • You have a designated work area, don’t stay in bed
  • Structure your day and stick to it, even if it feels arbitrary
  • Always shower, don’t be gross
  • Take walks/runs
  • Keep up your yoga practice, you need it
  • Open windows
  • Listen to music
  • Reach out, Face Timing and phone calls are helpful
  • Keep your spaces tidy
  • Eat healthy

This list is truly insightful, and especially for those of you only now just starting to work from home. You, too, should follow these tips. I’ve worked from home for a long time, so I speak from experience. Make this list your own. For example, change the yoga bullet if you’re not into that. Then, post it on the wall by your desk so you are constantly reminded of these good tips. Because, put simply, your mental health is important.


To conclude, I’d like to give a big thank you to Cathy Rowe for sharing this list with me. Moreover, I’d like to give an even bigger thank you to Anna Rowe for recognizing a valuable social media post, modifying it to fit her current situation, and then posting it where both she and her mother could see it. Anna:

  • Thank you for realizing that keeping your mental health intact during these troubling times is important.
  • Thank you for allowing me to further share your revised version of Undepression Tips.

To all reading this blog, stay distanced, stay healthy and thrive. Wolters Kluwer is right by your side to help you stay up to date with tax and compliance changes and support your ability to work remotely. Please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Page for Tax & Accounting Professionals.

P.S. Check out this related blog that I’m sure you will also find helpful, Work From Home Cybersecurity: 7 Helpful Articles.


Wendy Cable

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