18 Jul Staying Healthy While Working From Home
And avoiding the Afternoon Slump!
After 14 months of social distancing and remote working, you may be settling into a routine with your workday, but it’s always good to be reminded on ways to staying healthy, keeping your energy level up and staying productive when working from home, even if your kids, pets or the nice spring weather tempt you with distraction.
Are you working from home – spending too much time seated, slouched on the couch, staring at your computer for hours? This not only affects our physical health but also our mental health. Here are a few tips from Ann Albrecht Consulting to stay healthy and boost your energy level during your workday.
How to Stay Healthy While Working from Home
When you’re working from home, it’s important to have a balance between family, work, meetings and breaks you take. When you apply that same type of structure to working from home as you did when you worked in an office setting, you will eventually fall into a productive routine.
- Set up a dedicated workspace
You need a comfortable space at home where you can work without distraction or interruptions. Find a space you can claim as your own. This may be a corner out of the way or one end of the kitchen table. Think of your home office as a safe space just for you, where you can focus, make uninterrupted phone calls and get your work done. By the end of your workday, you can walk away from this space feeling like you’ve been productive.
- Avoid strain and pain
Although the couch may seem tempting, a chair that supports your back is probably the best bet. Practice good posture while working at a computer all day, and make sure to stretch often to avoid neck and shoulder injuries. Sitting sedentary for long hours may be linked to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Even try to walk a little bit every hour or practice exercises near your workspace.
- Establish a routine
If you can, plan to start work at the same time every day and practice healthy boundaries. Structuring your day will help you stay focused on the task at hand, and set boundaries with others to let them know you’re “at work.”
- Take breaks, including lunch
Be sure to schedule breaks during the day and be mindful of your own well-being. Get up and move around, take a walk or throw a load of laundry in. Anything to get your thoughts away from work will do.
If you have family at home, schedule a regular time to eat lunch together —making sure to get back to work at the same time every day. Choose healthy, nutritious foods, just as you would at work and try to avoid eating at your desk. And stay hydrated!
- Think beyond work
When you’re feeling tired or anxious, it can be difficult to stay focused on work. Be sure to take care of your whole self, with exercises and relaxation techniques you can do at home.
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