Working from home is ideal for most people for many reasons: it is more convenient, there is no commute time, and we are in our homes where we are most comfortable. There is a downside with working from home as well. We become complacent being at home, not getting out of the house as much, getting “stuck” at the computer, eating whatever and not always caring for ourselves the way we should.
Wearing pajamas all day is another awesome benefit but it’s not a habit we want to keep.Wake up, take a shower, and get dressed as if you were going to the office. It is so easy to get wrapped up in everything else and put self care on the back burner. Take an extra few minutes to put some effort into yourself. It will boost your confidence and self-esteem, which in return helps you conquer the day!
Even while we are working at home, we still need to get up and move around! Take a break every few hours, get up and stretch your legs; go outside and soak up some sun. The sun gives us Vitamin D which is very beneficial to the health of our skin!
Another awesome thing about working from home is that your kitchen is at your fingertips, so take advantage! Although grabbing those bag of chips to snack on while you work on that demanding project sounds ok, it’s not. Make a really simple, healthy lunch! Take some time to make a few healthier snack options. I am one of those people that “forget” to eat until I’m super hungry and then just grab whatever is available. I know I cannot be the only one! Be sure you have some healthier options available.
Although it is so easy to stay in work mode while working from home, you need to set a work schedule and stick to it. Act as you would if you were going into an office. Begin at your start time, take a lunch break, shut off the computer at the end of the day. Don’t overwork yourself just because you’re home and you can work an extra 30 minutes or put the final touches on that project late at night.
Working at home can also be lonely at times. Be sure to make time to get out of the house, not just for the Vitamin D, but for the socialization. You need human interactions so call a friend, meetup with some locals with similar work situations, go to lunch or meet for coffee. If you have kids, don’t skip that play date. Virtual coffee dates are great as long as you have other interactions as well. It’s important to stay social.
It’s important to take care of yourself in so many ways while working from home. So don’t skip the opportunities that present themselves and remember to take care of yourself!