Staying healthy during this time is crucial; physically and mentally.
It can be extremely daunting adjusting to working remotely and after 2 weeks, most of us will still be adjusting! It’s time to keep positive, keep productive and keep your mind healthy. Over the last 2 weeks, we have accumulated a mixture of tips that we would like to share.
1. Exercise in the morning
For most of us, our daily “commute” is now just a matter of steps – making it much easier to exercise in the morning; improving both your physical and mental health. There have been some fantastic free online workouts and fitness programs released since the outbreak of Covid19.
To name a couple:
- Joe Wicks (@thebodycoach) – “P.E with Joe” is a brilliant series of Youtube videos (uploaded daily) which you can participate in with your children. Joe also uploads numerous videos for all age groups.
- Results Wellness Lifestyle (@rwl) – Daily live Instagram videos providing 30 minute live classes. For example, Monday is “Dance Fit”, Wednesday is a family workout and Friday is “Legs, Bums & Tums”. All Free!
2. Create your WFH office
We are all guilty of occasionally working from the sofa, but to ensure working from home is sustainable, the sofa shouldn’t be an option. A table and a chair is simply all you need! By sitting at a table on a comfortable chair means your posture is correct (there is nothing worse than a bad back or neck ache!).
3. Get dressed!
Nobody would have predicted a few months ago that we would be sharing a daily tip of getting dressed to go to work… but here we are! It’s very easy to hit snooze, sleep for 20 extra minutes and stay in your pyjamas all day. But, in reality, this isn’t healthy. Treat your working from home day exactly the same as a normal day. Wake up at your normal time, shower and get dressed – you will feel much more prepared to work!
4. Stick to your routine
Similar to the above, but make sure you stick to your routine and structured working hours. Your manager isn’t expecting you to work more when working from home (and certainly not less). Complete your working day within your working hours, just like another day in the office. Self-discipline also comes into play when working from home – make sure you focus on the task at hand, don’t procrastinate! Keep organised with your workload; writing a list can help you mentally visualise what you need to do and once done, tick it off.
We are all in this together, remember that. Communicate with your colleagues regularly, chat about work but also chat about non-work related topics (just like you would be doing if you were in the office kitchen making the coffees!). Most businesses have introduced a communication system which is brilliant, however, picking up the phone to actually speak to a colleague, friend or family member throughout the day will also help your mental wellbeing.
Keep positive, keep productive & most importantly, keep healthy.
Take advantage of being in the comfort of your own home – this is a perfect time to keep positive by doing the things you love the most! This could be exercise, baking, playing games etc. If it makes you happy, find the time to do it at least once a day. As a nation, uniting together and supporting each other is how we will beat Covid19.
If you ever feel like you need a chat, we are here.
From the Paiger Team.