If you’re working from home, then you might get used to working, living, and operating in a much more independent way. You have to do a lot more things yourself, such as organizing your workspace, managing your time, and even making your own coffees. The same applies to how you manage your health, as well. There are health problems that can arise from some of the aspects of working from home, not to mention various tips and strategies you can use to better manage your health. Here, we’re going to look at some of those aspects and what you can do to mind your health better.
Get up and move
While sitting isn’t being treated as the physical health emergency that it was a few years ago, there is something to be said about living a sedentary life. For one, it’s a very easy way to get out of shape and gain weight, which can lead to a wide range of health issues. Back pain is one of the most common causes of disability across the world and not getting enough physical exercise is a big cause of it. You should take the time to get up from your seat and get some exercise a few times a day. Even a brisk walk is much better for you than spending the whole day sitting down.
Avoid unhealthy eating habits
When you’re working from home, it’s a lot easier than you might think to get into some bad eating habits. You can reach into the fridge or cupboard at any time of the day. You should avoid this by making sure you schedule a decent breakfast and lunch throughout the day so that you don’t starve yourself into some big cravings. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to keep a healthy snacking food on hand and to avoid keeping too many fatty or sugary foods in the home while working. Be mindful of sugary drinks, too, it’s very easy to drink way much more of these than you should, and they’re just as bad for you in excess as sugary foods.
Don’t mess with stress
While you may have more flexibility and freedom when working from home, a lot of people can feel that stress starts to pile on for a variety of reasons. One of the most common is that you haven’t done enough to preserve your work-life balance. You need to establish boundaries, such as set working spaces and concrete working hours that you’re willing to do, otherwise, work-life can spill into home life and vice versa, making both much more difficult. Ensure that you’re taking time to cope with the stress that comes as a result of work, too. Frequent breaks, meditation, taking a walk, find what works for you and actively ensure that you’re putting time into it.
Get care wherever you are
A unique challenge of working from home is that a lot of people find themselves far removed from many of the health services they might want to make use of. If there are barriers to you seeking the treatment that you need, make sure that you’re addressing them. For instance, if you’re too far away from any medical center to get the urgent attention that you might need, then you should look at virtual urgent care to take care of those needs for you. Of course, it’s not going to cover every possibility. There are some emergencies you’re going to have to get an ambulance to come out for, but there are medical services you can get from the comfort of your home when you need them.
Manage your connection to the outside world
A lot of people are more than happy to get away from the social environment of the office, away from the politics and the sniping that is unfortunately common in the working world. However, even if you don’t like it, the workplace can play an important social role for you. To that end, you have to make sure that you’re making up for the lack of socializing that comes with working at home. Staying connected with friends, even with people from work, can be vital for your mental health. Human interaction is important, and isolation is a predicator for a wide range of mental health issues, from depression to dementia.
Take your health seriously. Just because the home might seem like a more relaxed work environment than most doesn’t mean that your health won’t be affected by your work. Take the tips above to heart.