Tips for staying healthy when working from home.
Updated: Jul 19
Whether you are self employed working from home on regular basis or working from home full time due to the current covid-19 pandemic, below tips are useful to keep in mind for anyone.
Set up your work station
In order to get some work done without any distractions, you need a dedicated corner or a work space. Make sure it has been set up ergonomically and that it is free from any hazards such as any electrical cords and extension leads that you may trip over.
I work from my spare room which we can turn into a bedroom when guests come over to stay. However, not everyone has a spare bedroom/office, which makes focusing on work and separating your work life from your personal life a little bit harder.
Create yourself a routine
Start by waking up at same time during the working week. Remember, the earlier you wake up, the more you get done. Set yourself a schedule for breaks throughout the day and for a lunch and try sticking to them. Finish work at same time. Even better if you can shut the door to your work space and switch your mind frame from work to home.
One good thing about working from home is not having to wear the typical office attire which doesn't necesarily mean you should stay in your PJ-s whole day. Putting on some clothes what you would normally wear outside the house, makes you feel like you are going somewhere and gets you into the work mind frame. My work attire is jeans and a white tee :)
Obviously, if your role requires you to wear a shirt and a tie or a suit even, you don't have much choice.
Being a woman, I also tend to put on some light make up. When I know I have virtual meetings throughout the day, I feel better having my face on. Not everyone likes wearing make up though and some never do. That is fine- whatever works for you.
Don't forget to exercise
It is important to look after both your mental and physical health. Without the daily commute, the chances are, you are nowhere near your ten thousand steps a day goal. More likely three thousand if you're lucky. That's why it's important we move around and take breaks throughout the day.
Personally, I like going for a run or do a pilates session after work. I also like to take my dog out for a walk- always a reason to get out of the house.
And don't forget......when you need an instant mood lift, put on some music and perhaps even dance :)