Working from home has its many perks and benefits; a few which include: having no boss, no office gossip to worry about, and the freedom to create your own work schedule. But it also comes with a different set of challenges. Some major challenges that can affect your well-being include: the temptation of the pantry, a schedule that can become too flexible, and the lack of daily interaction. Because of this, one must have the proper mindset and discipline that comes with working from home, since bad habits, stress, lack of exercise, and weight gain can have a negative effect on your health.
Have a Routine in Place
Having a routine in place will help you stay on track because creating a healthy work habit that you stick to on a daily basis is crucial to keeping healthy. If you create a routine that starts with getting out of bed in the morning and treating your day like you are going to the office, you will be off to a good start. This means making sure you get dressed and never work in your pajamas. Try to schedule a lunch break for the same time every day and avoid working through it. This also means that you should stick to ending work at the same time each day. This will help you keep track of the hours you are spending on work and you can hold yourself accountable for this time. Lastly, make sure to schedule in half-an-hour to one-hour of exercise each day. There are so many temptations at home that it is best to stick to a routine to help keep you on track.
Setting a Timer
I have found that setting a timer, either on your phone or computer, for each hour that is spent working, helps me know when it is time to get up and move around. It is so easy to get sucked into what you are doing, that before you know it you have spent hours sitting in the same position in front of your computer screen. Studies have shown that it is unhealthy for individuals to sit in the same position for too long. It slows down your metabolism, it can affect your heart because it is bad for your circulation, and it can cause lower back problems. I usually get up and walk around for five to ten minutes each hour. Sometimes I will do simple yoga poses, jumping jacks, or walk up and down the stairs. This will help your production activity while also resetting your mind which will help you get more done. It is also important to be giving your eyes some much needed rest every hour. So before you get up, close your eyes for a few minutes or look at something else, just to be sure you are not straining them.
Getting outside in the fresh air will also help your health and creativity. Being outdoors has many benefits since the sunshine can help boost your mood and decrease your stress level. The fresh air can also help recharge your mind and soul. I have found that a quick jog after lunch can not only help you de-stress, but it can also help with the lack of social interaction. Where I live we have a nice trail to run and there are always people out on it. I have also found that this is just another way to expand the boundaries of my work space. I can look around and watch what other people are doing and it helps jump-start my creativity. Plus, being in nature has perks of its own, so there are times when I will just take a quick walk around the yard listening to nature. You really do feel good afterwards.
Create a Support System
Having a support system in place will help with not having the much needed social interaction that working from home can create. It is best to put a system in place with friends and family so that you can chat with someone every so often. This is also helpful when you need someone to talk to about a problem that is work-related, or you need someone to bounce ideas off of. This is something that I have found very helpful, because at first I really missed a lot of the office interaction, so having someone to talk to has definitely helped ease this issue.
Keeping Healthy Food in the Home
Lastly, you must keep good, fresh, healthy food in your home if you want to avoid the temptations of the pantry. I always keep my refrigerator full of healthy meals and snacks to eat so that I am not tempted to snack on unhealthy food throughout the day. What is nice about working at home is that you don’t have to worry about packing your lunch or snacks the night before and you have to ability to prepare and eat so many healthier, fresh foods. I always try to keep any empty calorie foods to a minimum and keep crave-busting foods like low-fat popcorn, yogurt, and fresh fruits and vegetables on hand at all times. Also, try and makes sure that you are only eating when you are hungry and not because you are bored, lonely, or stressed. It is also important to keep a bottle of water handy next to you throughout the day. Being thirsty can make you feel as though you are hungry, so make sure that this is what your body is telling you first. Keeping good food in your home will help keep your mind focused on the tasks at hand and not worrying about eating a piece of that chocolate cake that has been sitting in the refrigerator.
Working from home gives you the perfect opportunity to take control of your own life. It gives you complete control of your own schedule and time, so make the most of it by keeping your body and mind at its peak performance level by remaining happy and healthy. Eating right, staying active, and being organized is necessary for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and producing quality work. Remembering to make these few simple changes will increase your chances of having a successful business and a healthy body.