26 days ago • 3 min read
Working from home is increasingly popular, and therefore, it is essential for employees to learn how to continue to work healthy, happy and productive while working from home.
Take advantage of these seven tips shared below!
A kitchen full of unhealthy snacks, working from bed and long days, working from home presents some challenges for a healthy lifestyle. To counteract this, I am going to share seven tips and strategies to help homeworkers exercise healthy habits throughout the working day:
1. Make a schedule (and stick to it)
Many remote workers indicate that they work longer. One reason for this is that it can be challenging to separate work and private life. It is also tempting to work at strange hours or to stay up late to finish a project. That's why it's crucial to plan your work and stick to the plan. The plan tells you when it's time to log off and relax. Find a daily schedule that suits your lifestyle and make sure you get a good night's sleep.
2. Get up, stand up
Sitting in a chair all day is bad for your health. Regardless of whether you work at home or the office. That's why it's essential to invest in a standing desk. Working from home is more disadvantageous because you no longer have to walk to meetings or colleagues. I, therefore, recommend investing in a standing desk to prevent a sitting lifestyle. If you don't have the budget for a standing desk, you can easily make one yourself with the tips from the video below!
3. Create your own office space
Working from bed or couch may sound adventurous, but it can be bad for your health and productivity. By creating a separate workspace in your home, you can put your brain into working mode. Use a guest room or change part of the bedroom into an office space. For the best possible home working environment, make sure your workspace has a good chair, a desk and natural lighting. A pleasant home working environment helps you stay energetic and focused all day long.
4. Stay active
Get up and move. If you are locked up at home all day, it can be challenging to get enough exercise. In addition to taking regular breaks, you should also take the time to take occasional stretch breaks. Get up and take a short walk outside or try a desk exercise.
5. Take regular breaks
Regular breaks are essential for your health. By getting up and walking around, you give the brain and eyes a much-needed break from the computer screen. In addition to health benefits, taking regular breaks can even improve your work performance. Research has shown that employees who take frequent breaks - about one break per hour - perform better than those who don't take a break during the working day. Taking a break gives your brain room to return to a task with renewed energy and focus. Set up an alarm to wake up once an hour so you can take a 5-minute break from work.
6. Prepare a healthy meal
While you may think that preparing a meal is only a necessity when working in the office, preparing meals for homeworkers is still essential. It's easy to wander around the kitchen and eat unhealthy snacks. Preparing your breakfast and lunch in advance will make it much easier to make positive dietary choices throughout the day. It is also a great way to control your portions.
7. Get dressed
It may be tempting to work in your pj's, but it can make you feel slow or lazy all day long. Wearing normal clothes helps to switch to your working mode, making you feel more productive. You will also be more inclined to move around during the day when you are well dressed.
Good Luck! Let me know which habit you are going to work on.
Written by Vivian Acquah, Workplace Wellness Advocate
As a Workplace Wellness Advocate, I help managers with their team members who go from burning out, disengaged, feeling overworked, stressed to team members who are happy, healthy, involved and productive. These managers can say ADIOS to absenteeism, stress and burnout.
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