Some people working from home may need a 'fake commute' to reduce stress

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No longer having to commute is seen by many people as a benefit of working at home, but it could be a big source of added stress for others during the pandemic.

Allison Johnsen, manager of behavioral health at Central DuPage Hospital, says having to travel to and from jobs gives some people a sort of mental buffer. This allows them to transition from their personal and work lives, she said.

People who need that kind of transition should earmark the time they used previously to travel to and from the work place.

A so-called fake commute can be used to read a book, get exercise or go outside for some fresh air, Johnsen said.

These kinds of activities can help reduce stress and irritability, she said.