The perks of working from home (WFH) are endless—no commute, no specific dress code, more time to sleep in—but sitting in your house all day also comes with its struggles. From temptations lurking around every corner (hiii bed), staying productive and focused on work can be tough, and so can creating healthy routines.
With a more flex schedule and more time in your day without having to travel to the office, you’d think WFH would offer more healthy habits, and it does to an extent, but it’s also easy to fall lazy when your days aren’t as naturally structured.
After working from home for the past couple of years, here’s what I’ve found to be most effective when trying to stay healthy:
Get up, work out
It’s sooo easy to grab your laptop and get to work first thing in the morning, promising yourself you’ll head to the gym at lunch, but if you make your workout the first thing to happen (after a healthy breakfast!), you’ll be in a much better space. Not only will it wake you up and get your metabolism going, but it’ll stimulate your brain for the day, too. Plus, once it’s over, you have the rest of the day to focus on work instead of being anxious about when you’ll fit in exercise.
Eat away from your desk
I remember feeling pressured to eat at my desk at my corporate job because everyone else did and I felt like a slacker if not. Now, I make it a point to eat in my back patio or at least the kitchen table—without tech! Grab a magazine, journal, or just the food, and zone out on something non-work related for at least 20 minutes. A perfect little brain boost to get you through the rest of the day.
Take a 3 p.m. walk
3 p.m. slumps happen no matter where you’re working, and a walk always helps. Sitting at your home desk all day and the lack of commute or big office usually means you’re more stagnant, so fix that. Take 15 min to stroll around your neighborhood to ensure that you’re getting fresh air and moving your limbs. Do some stretching while you’re at it!
WFH seems a lot less stressful, but with things like a full laundry basket and dirty floors, it can be tempting to stop your work and instead work on the house. But piling your days up with tasks will clutter your mind and lead to more stress. Create designated pockets of the day to chores, but make sure you’re giving your work the time it requires—you’ll be much more at ease.
Move while you meet
Doing lunges or squats while you’re on a conference call might be awkward in an office, but in the comfort of your own home? Not one bit! Take advantage of this and move around while you’re on the phone, or even give yourself a little oil and neck massage. Creating a standing desk for yourself is super helpful for your body too!
If you’re a work-from-homer, I’d love to know what healthy habits you’ve created!