Workers who trudge into an office every day envy those who work from home. After all, the work-from-home crowd doesn’t have to battle rush-hour traffic, hear office gossip, or smell the day-old fish that their fellow employees are microwaving in the office cafeteria.

What these office workers don’t understand is that working from home comes with its own problems. Specifically, it can be hard for them to shut off their workday. It’s not abnormal for professionals who work from home to look and see that it’s midnight and they’re still writing reports. Maintaining a normal work/life balance can prove to be a complicated balancing act for many who work from home.

However, there are things that people who work from home can do to remedy this for their own mental health.

  1. Set up a time for your “close of business”: And stick to it. Whether its 5 p.m. or 8 p.m. you ought to resolve to shut off your computer and close your office door for the night. Resist the temptation to write one more paragraph or make yet another sales call. Also, be sure that your workday is a normal 8 or 9-hour day.
  2. Do something for yourself: After you shut off your computer for the day, be sure to do something for yourself. This helps your mind switch between work and your personal life. It doesn’t have to be something grand. It can be watching your favorite TV show, or working out. Make absolutely certain you do something so you “reset” your day.
  3. Leave the house: It’s easy as a work-from-homer to spend all of your time at home. You look up, see it’s the end of the week, and realize that the only time you left your house was to drive to the grocery store when you ran out of cereal. Don’t turn into a work-from-home shut-in. It’s simply not healthy.

Working an excessive amount of can lead to stress, which can cause health problems. This is true whether you work from home, in an office, or in the field. So, the secret is to find a balance between personal life and work. If you can’t work from home and find that balance, it may be time to return to an office environment. At least then, when they turn off the lights in the office, you will know you have worked long enough.