8 Wellness Tips for Working Remotely During Coronavirus
Health Tips for Remote Workers
Ever since the internet has come about, people have talked about working from home or remote working. For many years it never seemed to become a reality; as employers struggled to let go of control, employees wanted to remain social. Face to face business meetings was considered the only way to meet and discuss work topics. Within the first few months of 2020, all this changed when the Coronavirus pandemic struck the world. Coronavirus and working from home have become the new norm. The world was locked indoors, and the way people work changed dramatically. With everyone worrying about PPE and how to protect yourself (like by wearing face masks, disposable gloves, and using hand sanitizer), mental health often becomes an afterthought.
For decades, freelancers had been working remotely, and in 2020, much of the world joined them. Working remotely has many benefits for both the employee and employer or freelancer and client. These are well-known, but working remotely also brings many challenges with it, primarily concerning wellness. Remote working is not just wake up, sit at a desk, and go back to bed. There is much more to consider, and these wellness tips will help you get the most out of working from home or remotely, all while keeping you healthy at the same time. If you're still adjusting to working from home, these tips can help.
#1. Create a Work from Home Routine
One of the most significant changes from working in an office to working remotely is routine change. It can be very easy to slack when working remotely and work when you feel like it. Routine gets you and keeps you focused and motivated, and creating a routine as if you were heading to the office is vital to help get things done. Routine gets you into the right frame of mind and plays an integral part in your mental health when working remotely. Creating a routine is one of the more valuable working from home tips, as it can keep you on track to meet your goals and deadlines.
#2. Sit Right and Focus on Your Posture
There is a perception that remote workers spend their day working in bed or slouching on the couch. While there may be moments when this can happen, it is not recommended. Working from the dining room table is another misconception too, and again this is not recommended. Sitting correctly in an office chair at a desk that is the right height and size is vital. The ergonomics of remote working are worth noting, and investing in proper office furniture makes a lot of sense. If you are sitting correctly and comfortably, you will work better, you will be less stressed, and you will be less susceptible to back pain and other strains.
#3. Eat and Drink Right
Nutritionists will tell you that health is wealth and when working remotely, what you eat, and drink is vitally important. It can be easy to slip into a constant snacking from the fridge when working from home, especially, and you can have access to all your favorite drinks. Healthy eating is essential, and drinking plenty of water is vital. It can also be easy to become absorbed in work and not make time to eat and drink during the day. When working remotely, make sure you eat healthily, avoid salty and sugary snacks, and lay off the coffee.
#4. Have a Set Clock in and Clock Out Time
Routine is important, but equally, you need to be disciplined and clock in and clock out. It can be effortless to work longer hours when working from home, and some employers can take advantage of you because you are not in the office. As part of your routine, your start and finish times are essential, and other staff members, family, and friends need to respect this. Just because you are remote or at home, it doesn’t mean you are free and not working. Structure your working day as you would your office day. You will avoid burnout and stress while maintaining your home life.
#5. Make Time for Yourself
It is vitally important to make time for yourself. Many remote employees end up in a cycle of work, work, work, and become fatigued, stressed, and grumpy. In the office, you will make time for lunch and coffee and tea breaks. These become your “me time” as a remote worker. Use them!
#6. Get Out of the Home Office
The majority of remote workers work from home. Escaping this “prison” is vital to avoid work and the rest of your life merging into one. Finding pastimes and exercise that get you out of the house is necessary for mental wellbeing. Cabin fever is real, and your mind becomes confused, and anyone who works from home needs to find a way to break the monotony of being stuck in one place. Not only that, but getting outside is a necessity to get the benefits of sunlight.
#7. Make an Effort for Fresh Air
Fresh air is something we all need, and while working remotely, fresh air is a real lifesaver. Opening a window makes all the difference and keeps you alert, even in winter. As above, exercise outdoors is one of the essential parts of working remotely, even if it is just a walk around the block. Your remote work environment is important to consider as you'll be spending a lot of time in it.
#8. Keep Healthy Sleep Habits
It can become effortless to work longer and later hours when working remotely. Working longer and later proves nothing and merely makes you tired and less focused. While exercise and healthy eating are essential for your wellbeing, getting enough sleep is equally so. Taking work to bed is not a good thing. Your body and brain need to switch off before work consumes you!
Working remotely is very much the most significant change in the way we all work. It is essential to look after yourself, take breaks, and not become a workaholic. Remote working can make you more productive and give you more time to yourself or with your family if you take your wellness seriously! If you feel your wellness slipping, remember these best practices for working from home.
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