Whether you’re new to working from home or it’s your norm, there are a few steps you can take to promote wellness while you’re getting your job done.
1. Set Your Space
You may not have a home office, and that’s okay. But try to set aside a small area just for work. This will help you separate your job from the rest of your life. Boundaries like this one will help you enjoy the benefits of working from home without the stress of feeling like you’re always at work.
2. Stick to a Schedule
It’s easy to get caught in the trap of being available 24/7. Set firm work hours, and give yourself the OK to actually take a break when you’re “off.” Include lunch and coffee breaks, or a few minutes here and there to stretch your legs. Working to the point of burnout doesn’t do you—or your employer—any good!
3. Figure Out Food
Make lunch ahead of time, as if you were bringing it to work with you. Or plan out your food for the day, include a healthy breakfast, lunch and a snack. Stick to a regular eating schedule to avoid mindless grazing.
4. Make Time for Movement
When you work outside of the home, some activity is a natural part of your day. When you work from home, you need to make the choice to be active. Try starting your day with a workout using an app. Or, jog up and down the stairs a few times before you shower. Maybe you can stand up once every hour to do some jumping jacks, knee lifts, or stretches. Every bit counts!
5. Take a Break (or Two, or Three!)
Small breaks throughout the day will help you work better and feel good. Movement is always a good idea. So is refilling your water bottle to keep hydrated or making some time to connect on the phone with a friend or with a family member at home.
6. Stay Out of the Kitchen
If it’s not time for a meal or snack, the kitchen is closed. It’s easy to graze, especially when you’ve got a lot of work and other stress on your plate. Extra snacks can quickly add up to weight gain or uncontrolled blood sugar.