For many of us, going to work doesn’t require us to leave the house – at least for the foreseeable future anyway!
With the current situation our nation is facing due to coronavirus (COVID19), times are confusing and stressful for all of us. The disruptions to daily life are already being felt by many. Schools and workplaces are closing, resulting in many of us taking our work home. We are all feeling anxious about what could happen in the coming weeks, however there are several steps we can take in order to make sure we stay fit and healthy in our new workspaces. It can be difficult to stay focused and maintain a routine when you’re in the comfort of your own, so we’ve compiled a list of simple ways you can stay healthy and maintain good mental health to reduce any feelings of anxiousness during this confusing and difficult time.
1.Resume your normal morning routine
Although it can be tempting to stay in bed for longer because you have nowhere to be, you’ll find that getting up and carrying out your normal morning routine will get you mentally ready for the day ahead, leaving you feeling motivated and energised. Studies show that you are more likely to have a productive day if you feel good mentally. It’s also a good idea to get dressed in the morning rather than staying in your pajamas all day. Research shows that you adopt the characteristics of what you’re wearing, so if you don’t get dressed for the day it can affect how motivated you feel.
2. Maintain a healthy work-life balance by logging your time and setting limits
Start and finish your work at the time you would on a normal working day in the office. Track your hours and keep yourself accountable. Don’t let work run over into your personal time, or vice versa. Write down goals so that you can avoid work running over onto weekends and to make sure that you finish your tasks on time.
3. Get up every hour and get out at least once a day
It can be easy to get stuck in your seat, especially in the comfort of your own home. Set a timer or use an app to remind you to get up and stretch every hour. Make sure to get outdoors on your break, even if it’s just taking a quick walk around the block to get some fresh air and sunshine. Exercise also releases chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that improve your mood. If you exercise regularly, it can help to reduce stress and relive the symptoms of mental health conditions like depression.
4. Set up a separate office space
Use a space in your home that’s designated solely for work. Your bed should be for relaxing in only, bringing work into it can interfere with your ability to relax later. Working from your couch can create mental associations that keep your mind occupied with professional obligations even during off hours. Even if you live in a small space, set up a desk and chair and separate the professional from the personal.
5. Schedule workouts
When you create your schedule, use the flexibility to your advantage. Schedule your workouts in so you can do them during lunch or after hours. Working from home can limit the amount of time you get out of the house. Exercise is a chance for you to leave and go to the gym or even do home workouts.