4 Ways to Stay Sane and Healthy While Working From Home
I always thought working from home was a great way to multi-task my personal life with my professional one. You know – throw in some laundry while working on that month end report, vacuuming on your lunch break, going for a walk during that conference call. The best version of myself works from home, right? Going on my third week of this stay-at-home order I have laundry pilling up, a vacuum collecting more dust than I want to admit, and sore legs from sitting on my couch so much. Making sure you and your employees are feeling sane and healthy while finding their new balance of personal and professional life (while never leaving their home) is of upmost importance. Here are four tips that I have found help me to navigate this new reality:
Get ready for your day
This may have been the hardest reality for me to accept. The thought of being able to roll out of bed and be at work without any effort sounded like a dream. But I found it was harder for me to be motivated. Getting up, showering, putting (real) pants on and having my normal breakfast made me feel good about myself and gave me the energy I needed to start my day. We are creatures of habit, so putting yourself back into your normal morning routine will give your brain the boost that it needs.
Take a (mental) break
When your boss is stressing you out or your annoyed with your coworkers unnecessarily loud typing in the office you get up, get some coffee, go for a walk around the building – well the same goes for at home. It’s important for our mental health to let our brain take a break from stress, screens, and meetings. Take a 15-minute walk around the block, snuggle with your new furry coworkers, or take a quick power nap (one perk of being at home!). Making sure you don’t burn out at home is just as important as in the office.
It can be very easy to be stuck in your seat all day – deadlines fast approaching, video calls all day, and the never-ending to-do list make it easy to get sucked into a sedentary lifestyle. But now, more than ever, it is vital to get up and move. Set a reminder on your phone to get up every hour and stretch, it will do your body (and mind) good!
Find time to say hi to colleagues
If you’re anything like me, your missing your work BFF more than ever now. Just because we can’t physically meet in the breakroom though doesn’t mean we can’t still catch up. Give them a call, video chat, or send them a free ePraise. Make the extra effort to connect with people, because right now we all could use a (virtual) hug.
While all of this feels strange and has become our new normal – remember that nothing about these times are normal. So, if you find yourself not feeling great or lacking the motivation you normally have, that’s okay. Take it one day at a time and remember we are all in this together.