It’s easy to assume that you can be healthy when you’re working from home. There are no office snacks or cookies, you can prepare healthy meals, and exercise whenever you want. But in reality, you’re slouching on your couch wearing workout clothes you never worked out in, typing on your laptop, and eating your big pack of chocolates because you haven’t prepared your lunch.
These past few months, you may have felt worried about working from home as you observe social distancing or physical distancing. Building a healthy work-life balance is difficult when you were used to working in an office all day, but it can be just as hard when work and life are occurring in the same space. After all, working from home every day was new territory for many, and it’s simple to fall into bad habits.
Most of you surely worked in an office prior to social distancing, you’re probably familiar to a reasonably structured day. Here are tips and advice we can give you for knowing how to stay fit while working from the comfort of your own home.
Redesign Your Office Space at Home
Why not do some recreating in your working space at home? This area in your home should keep its distance from any distractions or comfort. Take note that your working space must not be around or near to your bed or couch. If it’s close to your bed could make your sluggish. Your beds should be limited to a place where you rest and not work. Also, couches will just make you want to rest and impede your productivity. Your working space should be treated as your office where you can boost your output and concentration at work.
Establish a Routine
Arrange the time of your work and if it’s possible, try to start at the same time every day and practice healthy boundaries. It might be helpful to use a signal to start your day. Turn on a certain light or close a door, for instance. If you are able to structure your day, it will help you stay focused on the task at hand, and place boundaries with others to let them know you’re at work. Don’t fail to remember to signal the end of your workday by switching off your light or opening your door.
Give Yourself Breaks (Including Lunch)
Don’t forget your own well-being and set breaks into your days. Try to get up and move around. Do some little things that can get your thoughts away from work a little bit. If you have a family at home, arrange a regular time to eat lunch together, but make sure you get back to work at the same time every day. Pick nutritious, healthy foods, but try to avoid eating at your desk. Always drink water daily so you can stay hydrated.
Stand Up Sometimes
It is true that sitting for long periods can cause serious health issues at a later stage of your life. A lot of us have jobs that require us to sit and work no matter what. However, since there are fewer provisions to stand and work at the office, take the chance to do so when you are working from home. You might want to consider buying a standing desk where you can easily work.
If you’re back always hurt, get a chair that supports your back. This will be your best friend for now so you can feel comfy as you work. Plus, a good posture while working at a computer all day is also important, and make sure to stretch often to avoid neck and shoulder injuries. You may also ask your boss if it’s possible to bring your standing desk at work to your home. But if you don’t have one that’s available, try to walk a little bit every hour or do some easy movements or exercises near your workspace.
Give Yourself a Great Amount of Time to Workout
It doesn’t matter how much of a workaholic you are, your physical condition should be a priority. While you are working at your desk all day, there’s still little activity that your body is doing but it doesn’t get a chance to burn the unneeded fat. So if you have a home gym, try to pick a convenient hour or time to commit to workouts and other physical activities.
Although there is no personal interaction with your officemate right now, you may still keep in touch with them online. If your office supports communication tools such as Slack or Zoom, make sure you set your status to “Available” so they can check-in or chat with you. If that’s not possible, you may recommend to your boss to have regular meetings through phone or video conferencing, or even do a virtual coffee meeting to make it more fun. This will help you and others feel less isolated.