As many of us are finding ourselves at home for work at the moment, it can feel a little disorientating having to go back and forth in the same space. With that being said, there’s a lot that you can do in order to make working from home a more enjoyable experience. Remote working might be something that’s even more common in the future and so it’s worth exploring what you can do to make it a healthy environment for yourself. Here are some tips to stay healthy whilst working from home.
Set Up A Separate Workspace
A separate workspace is something that you want to try and incorporate as best as you can. Even if you’re setting up a temporary wall in your living or dining room area so that it can feel like you’re stepping into an office. If you have a study room, then you certainly want to take advantage of this as this can provide the workspace you need in order to thrive. When you’re working from home, the last thing you want to do is to be sharing the communal spaces or using space like the living room or your bedroom and blurring those lines. If you’ve had a hard day at work and you’ve been doing it in the living room, you’ll probably want to avoid that space from then on. It can end up hindering your home space, and so it’s worth finding a set up that can work in the home but is not going to encroach on the space where you relax at the end of the day.
Take Advantage Of Lighting Features On Your Devices
When it comes to your electronic devices, whether that be your laptop or your phone, it’s worth tweaking the lighting. This is when you need to adjust it during early morning starts or late nights. The light from our phones and computers can be quite harsh on our eyes and so knowing how to go into dark mode here can be beneficial. It’s always good to know what the dangers are when it comes to spending too much time in front of a computer screen. It’s important to find options that can help reduce the impact of screen time, and it may be worth you getting some glasses that can block blue light. This can be helpful in your eyes and to give them a rest from the harsh lights that come from our screens.
Make Sure Regular Breaks Are Taken
It’s important to focus on your break times when it comes to working from home. You want to ensure you’re still getting those breaks to help you reset your batteries and to give yourself a break from the workload that you have on. When it comes to regular breaks, make sure you’re stepping away from your desk and stretching your body. It’s crucial that you’re not sat down in a seat for hours on end. You should be getting up and going for regular walks around the home in order to help keep your body moving. Be sure to take a proper lunch break as well and practice eating away from your desk if you tend to eat at the desk typically.
Schedule Your Day
Scheduling your day is important because it’s going to help keep you motivated to do the work you’ve set out to do. Try to incorporate the breaks into your schedule so you know when you have some free time coming up and that it won’t interrupt anything you’re doing that might break your productivity. Some people like to schedule their day hour by hour, whereas others will like to do it morning and afternoon. Others might find that they just have a to-do list that’s in order of when they do it. It’s good to find and practice what works for you so that you’re getting the most out of your day.
You might want to buy yourself a physical planner or perhaps look at online platforms that you can use to set out your tasks. Explore what’s possible and what works well for your productivity levels. We’re all different so we’ll all need to work a little differently!
Stick To Your Working Hours
Your working hours should be the same as they are if you were in the office. So if you’re starting at 9am, start at 9am. Be strict with yourself and your employer because for some, they may try and take advantage of the fact you no longer have the commuting time to factor in. It’s still important that you’re doing the hours that you’re paid to do and that you’re not overworking yourself. That’s not something that’s going to be helpful for you, and we’re all only capable of doing so many hours of creative work before we burn out. Your working hours might not be exactly the timings you usually do but try and get as close to them as possible.
Continue To Eat Healthily
In order to stay healthy, it’s important to continue to eat healthy when working from home. When working at home, there can be a lot of temptation within your kitchen cupboards, and if you’re doing more hours from home, then you may do your weekly shop accordingly. This might be that you have more food than you would while in your workplace. Try to be strict with your food intake and be sure to not eat too much throughout the day that it’s going to leave you feeling lethargic, especially if you’re not doing much exercise. Try to keep yourself fit and healthy both in body and mind, which a lot of it can be influenced by the food we eat.
Staying healthy while working from home can prove to be a challenge, but it’s something that’s important to do. Use these tips to help stay healthy during these remote working occasions.
This is a collaborative post.
Some awesome tips here Melinda! Many thanks for them! ❤
Thanks so much for these tips. I’ve been working from home since March. Its tough sometimes and I have to remind myself to get up and walk around otherwise I will just sit down for 8 hours!
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I see my husband sit in his chair for hours on end! I try not to say anything but today I’m reminding him how much he used to move around by walking from meeting to meeting. Now he isn’t so he needs to get up and take that same walking break. He will reply he doesn’t have time but he did before because it was needed. Take care. 🙂
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I think its so easy to forget how long you’ve been sat for, but gentle reminders really do work 😉
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