Working from home used to be viewed as a luxury before the COVID-19 pandemic, but these days, it’s a necessity to help curb the spread of the virus. Those who can do their jobs remotely have found themselves working from home at least part of the time. While the benefits of remote working are numerous, it presents some unique challenges in terms of maintaining good physical and mental health. Below, we discuss several tips that can help you stay healthy while working from home.
1. Indulge in Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to treat and soothe a plethora of physical and emotional ailments. By using an aromatherapy essential oil diffuser, you can create a stress-free and calming atmosphere in your home office that motivates you to be relaxed and productive.
Aromatherapy can also aid in pain management, better sleep quality, ease headache/migraine pain, promote good digestion, and boost immunity – all good reasons to use aromatherapy to stay healthy at home.
2. Eat a Balanced Diet
It goes without saying that eating a healthy diet is always a good idea, but with the kitchen sitting within such easy reach of the home office, it can be tempting to eat foods that aren’t so great for us.
Make it a point to eat three meals a day – including breakfast – and try to make them balanced meals, with fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and dairy or your preferred milk alternative. If you get hungry between meals, choose healthy snacks like fruits and nuts instead of chips or candy to curb your hunger.
3. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can lead to a host of problems, including constipation and mood swings. As such, it’s essential to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Water is the best choice for staying hydrated, but herbal tea, fruit, and juice (in moderation) work too. Stay away from sugary options like soda and energy drinks as they are extremely unhealthy and can actually reduce your hydration if they have a diuretic effect.
4. Stick to an Exercise Routine
It’s been proven that regular exercise aids in mental and physical health. Because of these benefits, people who work from home should maintain a daily exercise regimen. For example, use the time you normally would have been commuting to take a walk around your neighborhood or fit in a workout.
To further increase your exercise throughout the workday, set reminders to get up periodically for some physical movement. Do a few pushups next to your desk or pace around the room while on a business call. If possible, invest in a standing desk to increase your activity as you work.
5. Maintain Personal Connections
When a person works in a physical office, socialization happens naturally as coworkers interact and collaborate. When you work from home, though, you’re often isolated, which can lead to loneliness and depression.
Make it a point to interact with your coworkers, friends, and family throughout the day. Video chats, phone calls, text messages, emails, and the like are all great ways to stay in touch with one another. If the isolation gets to be too much, schedule some time to get together to connect on a more personal level.
Working from home used to be a luxury that many people wished to have in their lives. These days, it’s a necessity to help keep the spread of the pandemic to a minimum. Follow the tips above to stay healthy – mentally and physically – while working from home.