With so many of us now working from home, we’ve had to adjust our schedules and routines to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Keeping both mind and body healthy is a crucial part of that, to maintain motivation and productivity from 9 to 5, but also switch off and relax after a day in front of the computer screen. Here we share our top 5 wellness tips whilst you work from home, so you can make the most of your time away from the office.
Maintain a routine
The transition from an office environment to working from home probably means a big change to your usual routine, which can make the separation between work and home life less clear. If you are used to having a commute, take that time before and after work to do something you enjoy – whether that’s reading a good book, or following a Yoga session on YouTube.
Make virtual plans
Working from home doesn’t mean going the day without social interaction. To get the face to face interaction you normally have at work, reach out to a friend and arrange a virtual coffee, or share lunch with a colleague over a video call.
Create a dedicated workspace
One of the most important factors when working from home is deciding where you’ll base yourself during the working day. Having a dedicated desk area means you can design a space which will help you stay focused and engaged, whilst also allowing you to walk away at the end of the day and leave your work stresses behind. You don’t necessarily need to have a separate room to create an office space – setting up a desk in the corner of your living room or bedroom can work just as well!
Focus on the little lifts
Now more than ever, it’s important to appreciate the little things. Make the most of having a kitchen available to use 24/7 to jazz up your lunches. Roast some peppers in the oven to liven up your salad, or bake a fresh loaf to have with soup. These little lifts can have big impacts on your wellbeing.
Remember to take a break
Taking a break in your workday is key, and is easily forgotten about when working from home. If you usually grab a coffee at 11am in the office, keep up the habit at home. Stepping away from the screen and taking a minute to re-focus can really help in the long run.