Top Tips for People Working at Home
With working from home being the new norm, we wanted to compile some of the best tips to help keep both your mental and psychical health in tip-top shape.
It's important to take care of yourself, so let's get right into some of the best ways to maintain a healthy work/home environment.
Schedule and Routine
Even while working from home, keeping a schedule is the best way to maintain productivity.
Sleeping-in once in a while is amazing, but during the workweek, it's best to set that dreaded alarm that gets you up in the morning.
That doesn't mean you can’t set it for an hour later than usual: a perk of working from home- you get to sleep in instead of commuting to work.
Here are some tips for scheduling out your day.
For students, working and studying from home can be a challenge. Finding time for yourself between working and house management is difficult for anyone, let alone someone who also has midterms and finals.
Some helpful schedule guidelines for both high school and college students can be found here.
Dedicated Work Space
Mentally, having a space dedicated to working is amazingly helpful. As fun as working on the couch is, the various back problems and distractions tend to not be worth it.
Making yourself a space in your home that is only for work gets you ready to concentrate.
It can be your desk or even the dining room table, but make it space where you do nothing but work. Try not to nap or eat at your desk, it will help it mentally become a space for work.
Keeping your space clean will also help you focus. Here are some tips on keeping your home office organized.
One of the most important tips for working from home is to keep active and take mental breaks.
A fun and easy break is getting used to taking time for a five-minute stretch every hour. Stand up from your desk or wherever you work and practice your favorite kind of stretching.
Need some exercising hints? Here's a link to 15 Stretches You Should Do Every Day
You can even do stretches at your desk, or in your chair. There are tons of articles on basic stretching that you can do while sitting.
Here are some easy stretches that you can do sitting in a chair.
If you want to do a bit more than stretching, try taking an exercise break. Core workouts, runs, and cardio are all things that will help keep your body physically healthy so you can mentally concentrate on work.
If exercising isn't your thing, take a coffee break! Tea, coffee, water, snacks, whatever your pleasure is, have a little snack to get you back on track.
A reading break is also a good way to get your mind off of work. Dive into your favorite novel or start a new one. Try taking a break every hour to read a chapter or two.
Stuck inside all day can be dreary. Humans aren't quite plants that need sunlight in order to live, but you might be surprised at how much fresh air can improve your mood.
Try taking your dog for a walk, or sitting outside for half an hour as you have your tea in the morning.
Not only is the sunlight helpful for your mental health, but the fresh air is also amazing for your physical health.
If you can, open up the windows and blinds in your house during the day. Natural light is not only easier on the eyes, it will brighten up the place.
Here's an article on 5 Ways the Sun Impacts Your Mental and Physical Health.
We at Evergreen hope you are staying safe while working from home and these tips help you maintain your mental and physical health.