With the growth of telecommuting thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, working from home is not just for niche businesses. A recent study has shown that almost 90% of people are currently working from home and many of them are planning to do so for their entire career!
Working from home is actually beneficial for employees. Employees have found that they are more productive while working from home compared to sitting in traditional offices. But… along with these benefits, there are some new responsibilities as well. When you are working from home you need to create a safe and comfortable workspace and staying healthy can be quite challenging.
To Stay Healthy While Working From Home, You Need To Follow Some Healthy Habits…
1. Establish A Home Exercise Routine:
Working from home gives you flexible working hours and you are free to pursue your scheduled exercise or yoga plan. You can come up with a 10 to 20 minute workout plan that includes warm-up along with yoga. These small workout sessions can easily fit into your work breaks. Your key focus should be to keep your routine achievable and manageable. These short breaks are really helpful in maintaining a balance between physical and mental activity.
Taking a short workout break session can help you reduce depression and/or your stress level by 26%.
2. Plan Your Healthy Diet And Stick To It:
A healthy diet plays an important role in maintaining physical and mental health when you are working from home. You might be tempted to have junk food or snacks while working, so you must keep food away from your work area. You must assign a proper time for having meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and make sure you are sticking to it. You can take a small break and have some seasonal fruits which will boost your productivity and improve your work performance. More importantly, you should try to keep yourself hydrated and keep a water bottle by your work desk.
3. Maintain Work-Life Boundaries:
Working from home generally means you are available 24/7. This can increase stress and affect your emotional and physical health. If you are unable to maintain work-life boundaries, your work might lead to depression and stress. Everyone must unplug from their work after designated business hours. Make sure you have both “work time” and “personal time.”
4. Socialize With Your Colleagues:
Being isolated from your colleagues is quite common when you are working from home or working remotely. To overcome this disconnection, you can easily connect to your colleagues through social network platforms or through a Skype call. It is essential to nurture your relationship and crucial for your mental health.
5. Focus on Your Wellbeing:
Working from home can actually lower a person’s stress level but it blurs the boundary line between work and leisure time. By specifying your rest hours or leisure time, you can help set a clear time frame for work. You must always have time to relax and do something that you love, like exercise, yoga, going for a walk, or spending time with your family. It’s so important to focus on your wellbeing.
Working from home has various benefits depending on the individual. Some people are looking for flexible work hours whereas some are focusing on health and wellbeing. Working remotely does not mean that you have to be available all the time. You need to have scheduled breaks and leisure hours to maintain your physical as well as mental health.