When you first started working remotely, you may have been excited by the opportunity for increased flexibility and the freedom to set your own schedule. You may have enjoyed not having to dress up for work, and you certainly haven’t missed the ordeal of commuting, especially when the weather is unpleasant.
But you’ve probably come to realise that remote work comes with its own challenges, not least of which is maintaining health and fitness. Some of the wellness concerns remote workers have identified include maintaining mental health in isolation, the risk of burnout, and decreased physical activity. These issues can take a greater toll on older members of the workforce, especially long term. In the following guide, Mindsum helps you consider some of the tactics you can easily incorporate into a wellness program for better spirits and greater productivity.
Self-care is paramount
Whether remote work has cut you off from regular social interactions or has you feeling trapped with family or housemates, counter negativity or stress by means of conscious acts of self-care. This could involve taking a break to dance along with your favourite upbeat tune, meditating or doing yoga for five minutes, or even something as simple as lighting a scented candle. Taking time for self-care will help both your mental well-being and overall efficiency.
Make your workspace ergonomic
Working from home can take a real toll on your well-being if you don’t have a workplace set up for maximum physical wellness. Plopping down on a bed or sofa with a laptop or slouching at a low desk can lead to spinal health issues. Your screen should be positioned at eye level or above to prevent neck strain. Investing in ergonomic chairs or devices can help with posture as well as comfort.
Make fitness part of your day
You will feel better physically and mentally if you get a workout in or punctuate your day with bursts of physical activity. While there are exercises you can do at your desk, it’s also important to walk away from work from time to time. Do some physical exercises to get your heart rate up while your mind takes a break from its routine tasks. If you are unable to do high-intensity workouts due to mobility or health concerns, try some gentle stretching, or take a calming walk outdoors, weather permitting.
Be mindful of your eating
Comfort snacking so easily becomes part of one’s at-home routine, and this can lead to nutritional problems and unhealthy weight gain. Unfortunately, if you are not feeling confident about your health and appearance, this can drive you to snack even more. Instead of feeling like you need to punish yourself for indulging, think about how you can treat your snack breaks as rewards. Don’t let yourself snack until you’ve met a goal. When you do, opt for healthy treats such as veggie chips, sunflower seeds, or whole-grain crackers with low-fat cheese.
Tap into positivity by refreshing your home space
When you’re stuck in your house all day, you begin to realise just how greatly your environment affects your mindset. If your house is messy and cluttered, this can lead to anxiety. Stale air and bad lighting also take a toll on your mood and make it hard to practice mindfulness in your home. Update your home to optimise positivity. Declutter and organise, keep surfaces clean and dust-free, and make sure you have plenty of light and airflow. Using naturally scented cleaners can also help make your home a more positive environment.
Even if the idea of a wellness program initially sounds like more work, incorporating these practices into your day-to-day will make time pass by more quickly and your tasks feel less onerous. You will end up feeling better overall, too, which will make your free time more enjoyable.
About the author:
Cheryl Conklin is an aspiring writer. She is also a blogger, adventurer, traveler, and creator of Wellness Central. She uses wellnesscentral.info to share her thoughts on wellness along with the great resources she finds on her own wellness journey.