For the last few months, almost everyone has been working from home. It wasn’t a dream come true moment for many, but we did it, and all for a great cause. While most of us enjoyed working from home, for many, it was a very stressful time.
The reason I’m mentioning the pandemic is that we all had the firsthand experience of working from home, getting bored, and then looking out for tools and techniques to stay healthy.
For those who were working from home before the pandemic bite must know that it is difficult to stay healthy not just on the contours of physical health but mental, emotional, psychological, and social.
How To Stay Healthy While Working From Home
Remote working is super popular right now, the next time you think about maintaining your health when working from home, care for your mental wellbeing too.
Let’s take a look at how anyone can stay healthy and improve their mental health while working from home:
Create Your Dedicated Workspace
While working from your bed or bean bag may sound fun and instagrammable, dedicating an office desk to work certainly works magic. Get yourself a space that you can claim as your own office, and it doesn’t have to just be a room, be creative. The world is your canvas, and you’re the artist!
Make sure that your office has minimal distractions. Create a no admission policy to ensure that no pets or partners distract you while you work. However, you can take breathers every now and then by walking out of your office space and socializing.
Fight Back Against Boredom
Sitting at your desk, or working on your desktop for a long time can lead up to big-time boredom. To ensure that you do not end up in a vicious loop, you can try swapping roles or offering help to your colleagues with tasks.
You can learn new skills and take up new responsibilities; it’s always essential to reshuffle and push yourself. If you’re always finding yourself being too bored, then the chances are you’re not stimulating your mind enough.
Pro-tip: You can create a playlist that keeps you motivated, and you can circulate it around your office group, jazz it up, and vibe with them.
Flex To Relax
Always, I repeat, always be mindful of how you sit; your sitting posture is an essential determinant in how you feel at the end of the day!
Practice the right posture and make sure to stretch in between to avoid neck and shoulder discomfort or injuries. Go for a walk or try to walk every hour to stretch those muscles and get your blood flowing. Sitting sedentary for hours may have adverse physical consequences and can often make you feel tired and lethargic.
A New Routine Is On The Watch
No wonder we are tempted by the “no-routine discipline” but having a routine is the best way to stay productive while working from home. Without one, it can be easy to lose track of the days.
Set a time and wake up at the same time every day, schedule your daily meals to ensure you don’t accidentally skip any or forget. Incorporating walks, stretches and meditation sessions into your routine will also help give you more control over your life.
Take Mindful Breaks
Working from home all day can be overwhelming as you get to be around your family all day long. You may not want to spend your break time with them as sometimes it can be too much. That’s perfectly fine.
You deserve quality time alone with and for yourself. Take a mindful break, watch a funny YouTube video, listen to a guided meditation, or read something relaxing, do whatever you love.
Make sure you take pauses and, don’t get overstressed; workload stress might lead you towards burnout. By being mindful of your mood and taking regular breaks every day, you can significantly reduce the chance of burnout.
Phone A Friend
Not going to an office has its downsides; we don’t get to socialize physically with our colleagues. You may not be able to meet your coworkers physically, but you can always connect with them digitally!
You can plan movie nights, virtual games, or simply have your webcam on while you are in a meeting. This makes you feel like you are meeting people, without having to be physically close to someone.
Don’t Overwork Yourself
Try to think beyond work; practice stretching and exercising while taking holistic care of yourself. The pandemic is sure to continue for some time, and you have far to go.
Talk to your supervisor, set your expectations together, but don’t over-commit. Search for possibilities of a modified work schedule that fits your routine.
Keep Your Mealtime Sacred
This might sound obvious, but it’s imperative that we keep ourselves hydrated and well-fed while we work.
To keep yourself productive and energized for the entire day, be mindful of your diet. Cook your meal and munch in between, but keep away from sugary snacks, and processed food items.
Stock up on fruits and vegetables, while working from home, you might be tempted to be soft on your diet, but eating healthy is key to good productivity. Food directly influences your energy levels, so intake healthy food as you would do at the office. Enjoy your meal with your family, have good giggles.
Balance Out Your Work & Life
Often when we are working from home, we tend to blur the line between office and home. We may live in the illusion that we have flexible schedules, but having a fixed office can significantly improve your mental wellbeing.
Take note of your time, be accountable and maintain a journal or a diary. Using an app is also a good alternative, but there are plenty of benefits of maintaining a journal physically.
Always make sure that your work does not seep into your personal life, and your personal life does not overlap with your work.
The lockdown induced work from home may have changed your schedule if you are used to an office environment. But don’t let this impact your work and life balance. By clearly separating your work life, you’ll know exactly when to switch off and stop thinking about if you need to check your emails for an update.
Lockdown or no lockdown, the simplest of these tricks can bring notable changes in your life if you are a remote employee. One day life will return back to normal, but for now, with working from home showing no signs of going away anytime soon, it’s crucial you keep your mental health in check.
Hopefully, after reading this article, you’ve learned a few new tips to help improve your productivity from home. By implementing some of these into your life, you should find working from home becomes a lot easier!