The pandemic has disrupted our lives, and our world has faced fresh physical, social, and mental challenges—as well as unique opportunities. Remote work is one of those opportunities. Many women in the American workforce switched from regular office jobs to working from home and haven’t looked back.
If you’re currently in a role of permanent or flexible remote work, then you know how easily the lines can blur between a person’s job and their home life. Finding balance and maintaining optimal health and wellness is of the essence when you’re a remote employee. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top health and wellness tips in a work-from-home world.
Keep a Consistent Routine
Routinizing your day is essential, especially when all the days of the week seem to blur together. For your mental health, it’s a wise idea to establish clear patterns throughout each day to shift your energy. Pay close attention to your schedule, and set and stick to normal office hours. Figure out what hours work best for you and your role expectations. Establish set morning and evening routines to help your brain transition in and out of a working mindset.
And don’t forget about creating a dedicated office space for completing job tasks—you need a workstation for work alone. This consistency and clarification will prevent that foggy work-home distortion.
Exercise has its own physical and psychological perks. Besides taking breaks during the workday to get up and walk around, ensure you’re staying active throughout the week. Set reminders on your phone or pencil in time on your calendar. When possible, try to avoid long periods of inactivity. Stretching after sedentary work alongside optimal ergonomics is vital to reducing pain or stiffness from prolonged sitting.
Avoid becoming a homebound couch potato. Instead, dedicate any time you would normally spend commuting to daily physical activity. Your options are limitless. Find time in the morning or evening to hit the gym; head out for a walk, jog, or bike ride; or do an online aerobic workout or yoga class.
Practicing mindfulness offers the greatest significance in a work-from-home world. This activity is on our list of health and wellness tips for a reason. Mindfulness is keen awareness, observing what is happening at the moment, and not making judgments about the experience. When you’re working remotely by your lonesome, you’re often surrounded by your own thoughts. Practicing mindfulness helps you reduce stress levels and negative judgments throughout the day. Make sure to stay connected to coworkers and to reach out to others for support. Productiveness, motivation, and a happier, healthier self await.