When most of what you hear, see and read concerns a global pandemic, and when your working life suddenly switches into an unexpected ‘new normal’, feelings of concern and confusion are understandable.

When faced with change and the realities of remote working, it’s vital to keep in mind how we can still stay connected. It doesn’t have to be a chance to work from home, but a chance to connect from home: share your moments, your feelings and your experience of working from home with your team, your leaders, your people and your contacts.

Use the hashtag #connectfromhome and make a post on your social media that inspires and motivates others to do the same. Be part of a global movement – after you have shared your post, tag in a few friends as the ‘next ones’ who can also share their experience as they don’t just work from home, they #connectfromhome.

It could be your favourite coffee cup, your workspace, your music playlist or whatever represents your experience – get creative!

So why is it so important to stay connected during these times?

The NHS say that isolation (such as that caused by working from home) raises the risk of heart disease by 29%. The NIA in America concur, saying that “research has linked social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for a variety of physical and mental conditions: high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease, and even death.”

Thanks to technology, remote working globally has grown 159% according to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, with 50% of the workforce doing jobs at least partly compatible with remote working, even if only 40% do it in a frequent capacity. Rather than quickly move into a new situation, it’s important to remain mindful to a changed experience and the impacts that this naturally causes to the mind and body.

The U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information’s research showed that while remote working benefited family relationships, it harmed relationships with co-workers – an understandable impact. So in a time where may not only being moving to a new work situation but when concern and anxiety about a global pandemic continues, face up to the change by making a positive action.

Share your feelings, your moments in the day and the like with those who matter most to you and get involved in the trending topic #connectfromhome.