Working from home offers a lot of benefits and flexibility but there are also a lot of challenges that come along with it especially since the world is fighting a pandemic.
With most gyms shut and with physical interactions limited, working from home might take a toll on one’s physical and mental wellbeing,
Here are some tips to keep you sane and healthy while working from home:
- Eat healthy
It’s not rocket science. Eating healthy does wonders for one’s physique and mental health.
Keep your kitchen stocked with healthy foods such as vegetables, whole grains, and fruits to keep you full throughout the day. Limit sugary drinks, and foods with refined carbs such as white bread as these can lead to a lack of concentration and might lead you to eat more than you should.
To minimize the temptation to overeat or consume more snacks than you should, nutritionists recommend that you plan your meals (including snacks) ahead of time—make sure these are healthy though.
- Keep a workout schedule
It might be tempting to just lounge around in your pajamas all day, but making time for a workout session has great physical and mental benefits.
Aside from keeping your body toned, workouts are also a great way to boost your energy and lower stress levels. To prevent yourself from escaping a workout session, keep a schedule to stay motivated. There are a lot of home workout videos and guides available online to keep you on track with your fitness goals.
- Drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated keeps you focused and alert throughout the day so make sure to drink plenty of water.
Keep a bottle or jug of water nearby while working from home so that you can easily get a drink. If you’re having difficulty drinking plenty of water, try spicing it up with lemon wedges, or mint leaves.
- Take breaks
Working from home doesn’t mean working all day long. Give yourself short breaks or pauses throughout the day especially after completing a difficult task.
Try listening to relaxing tunes, taking deep breaths, and just staying silent for a few minutes or so for a quick dose of meditation. Remind yourself that times are abnormal and you don’t have to force yourself to function normally the way you would before COVID-19 happened.
- Learn to shutdown
Once you’re done with work, turn your computer off and just shut down for a bit—similar to when you finish a day’s work in the office.
Working from home usually blurs the line between home time and work time so it’s important to develop a routine to know when you need to shut down, rest, and relax.