Working from home has become a frequently used term within the past year. Whether you found yourself setting up a new office space in a corner of your home or dusting off an old desk that wasn’t previously using much purpose, working from home has become a new normal for many.
During this transformation from a physical journey to an office to an at-home one, it might have been easier to let certain habits appear or disappear. Your hundreds of steps around the office turned into a couple of trips up and down your stairs throughout the day. Maybe your healthy snack turned into eating a bag of Chips Ahoy… because who can resist? Whatever the case, getting back on track and staying healthy while working from home doesn’t have to be impossible. Here’s 6 tips to staying healthy while working from home:
Meal Prep for Your Workdays
Taking care of yourself means also taking care of your future self. Prepping yourself a simple breakfast and lunch on the days you work from home are going to take the stress out of having to worry about what you’re eating throughout the day. Meal prepping is great because it prevents you from eating something you know you shouldn’t if there’s already a meal ready for you. Your future self will thank you!
Take Breaks to Move Around Throughout the Day
Sitting in an office chair for hours on end is a task of its own, and the last thing you want is your body paying for it later on down the road. Working from home, if you were previously working in an office, has more than likely removed a lot of physical walking you previously did. Take breaks throughout your workday at home to walk around or do a quick 5-10 minute workout.
Have a Routine
Not everyone is a fan of a consistent routine, but keeping one is bound to keep your days more organized and on-track. The flexibility of your work hours may make it hard to have a schedule, but try to stick to one that leaves you with room to get your work done while balancing other things. Keeping a schedule can also prevent you from falling victim to outside distractions and getting off-task from your work.
Keep Healthy Snacks in Your Workspace
It’s much easier to grab a snack when it’s already next to you. Keep a little stash of granola bars, trail mix, or other healthy snack alternatives to curb the sweet cravings. You can’t always control what others in your house eat and keep in the pantry, so make it easier on yourself by surrounding your space with easy-to-eat foods that are also good for you.
Choose Water Over Caffeine
Your cup or morning coffee is the first thing you need when you wake up, and that’s understandable. Allowing yourself to drink a cup of coffee in the morning is a great way to get going, but throughout the day, make sure you hydrate with water. Caffeine is beautiful, but the crash is not, and the more you drink, the harder you crash.
Keep Your Area Clean and Comfortable
Keeping your workspace clean and organized to your standards might help you feel less mentally and physically cluttered. When you log-on or off of your computer, the last thing you want to worry about is the stress of what’s around you.
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy while they WFH!