For many of us, the opportunity to work from home has been a long-term goal. Once you achieve it, it’s easy to fall into not-so-healthy routines (eating while working, working after hours… etc.). In addition, the health and safety precautions, often taken by employers and companies, become obsolete in our home office. And as a result, we often forget to implement changes and habits that will protect our body and mind.
If you want to stay healthy and make the most of your time spent in your home office, make health and safety your priority. No one can maximize their creativity when they’re not at their personal best. Below you will find a few tips on how to make the most of your workday and take care of yourself in the process.
the myth of work-life balance
One of the biggest misconceptions of working from home is that you instantly achieve work-life balance. To the contrary… you likely will find yourself working more. You may be able to spread your work out over the course of the day, but working from home also means that you work is always accessible. Make sure that you don’t spend more time in front of the computer than necessary, and intentionally make time for self-care, your personal life, and your loved ones.
you need sleep
One of the best ways to make sure that you are taking proper care of yourself is to get a good night’s sleep. When you work from home you have a tendency to ‘always be on’. Meaning you never really take a break (mentally or literally) from your work.
If this sounds familiar you like need to create a nighttime ritual. One that allows you to relax and keeps your mind off your office down the hall. Whether that means a hot bath or spritzing lavender on your pillow and unwinding with a good book – create a routine that works for you.
Tip: Most of us don’t realize that we’re sleeping poorly because of the mattress that we sleep on. Trust me, several neck issues later, and I realized that I had to do something different. My advice: go to a mattress store and really educate yourself on the difference between soft, medium, or firm mattresses. Then, choose one that is right for you – both in comfort and support.
have time to just relax and chill
You might remember the time when you used to go to the office every day and enjoyed having a coffee with your colleagues on your breaks. Even though you work from home you still need to take regular breaks from your to-do list to recharge. Create your own chill out area for your home office where you can sit down with a coffee, talk to your friends on the phone, or catch up on an episode of your favorite show.
implement a morning exercise and stretch routine
If you spend a lot of time sitting down, you might want to implement a morning exercise routine. One that helps to keep your spine aligned and your muscles strong. Consider taking up yoga, and start your day on the mat. Yoga stretches will help you strengthen your spine muscles and your abdominal area, which help to maintain a healthy posture all day long, even if you are spending a lot of time sitting in one place.
In addition to your new morning routine be sure that you stop to stretch throughout the day. It’s important to realign your body every now and then, to help avoid injuries caused by repetitive movements. For example, if you type a lot during the day, stretch your shoulders, arms, and wrists regularly. It will help to avoid rheumatoid illnesses and more serious complications, such as a carpal tunnel syndrome.
create personalized playlists
No great creative mind works well without inspiration. Create a playlist of your favorite tracks, and play it often. This will not only help you focus, but also improve your mood during the day. Whenever you feel like you have too much going on, or your work is becoming repetitive, add some music or entertainment to your daily schedule. If meditation calms you, download a guided meditation app.