When you work from home you’re typically more relaxed and a lot happier. That’s a good thing. However, you may end up become a little too relaxed, which can lead to some very lazy, unhealthy behavior. Here are some tips to ensure you stay healthy while working at home.
Start Your Day With Exercise
You want to start your work day energized and ready to focus your attention on work. Hanging out in your jammies or sleeping in doesn’t do you any good, and quite frankly, it isn’t going to make you want to get your work done. Get up and get out. If you’ve got a gym membership, use it. Get up early, and move. If you don’t have a gym membership, find an exercise program on TV, or through any of the “on demand” programs. Or use your kids’ Wii Fit, or XBox Sports, or any other video game that will get you jumping. (Try one of those dancing games - loads of fun, and a great way to get you feeling awesome at the start of a day!)
Whatever you do - DO IT. You’ll have a great surge of energy so that you can focus on your work.
Sure, you can sit around eating bon bons, but it’s only going to make you sluggish and chubby. You know better. We know better. You can’t eat all the pizza, ice cream and chicken fingers that you want. (Yeah, that sounds like a ten year old’s birthday party.)
Have regular meals. (Not a whole pizza.) Eat good, energizing, tasty meals. I know, that’s logical, but when you’re at home and busy working, you’re going to look at the clock and say, “oh, it’s 1:30pm - I guess I should eat something.” And you wander into the kitchen and grab a handful of chips while you browse the fridge trying to find something to eat. And by the time you find something, you’ve devoured the whole bag and aren’t hungry. Don’t do that.
After you work out, have a nice breakfast. And after you work for a while, have a nice lunch. At regularly scheduled times. And plan some good things to eat. Have proper food on hand. And watch out for snack attacks. A glass of milk and five cookies is not a snack. Keep some chilled fruit in the fridge. Have a sliced apple with some fine cheese. (You can be elegant and snack during the day!) Treat yourself kindly.
Get Up and Move
Some days you are swamped with work, and if you have a stationary desk-type job, you know that hours can go by without moving. This is bad, really bad for your circulation and awareness and focus. Get up and move. Regularly. Schedule it every 30 minutes if you have to. I don’t care if that means taking 20 minutes to go up and down stairs washing laundry and putting it away. you have to move. Your brain - and your butt - will thank you.
Power Naps are Okay
I love naps. Of course, taking a two hour nap in the afternoon isn’t very productive. But sometimes I just feel sluggish in the brain after a long morning (or too many carbs at lunch!) and I just need to wind down. I set the alarm on my phone for 15-20 minutes, shut off all noises (tv, radio, office phone, etc.) and just relax. Close your eyes, enjoy some quiet moments, and refresh yourself. You don’t have to do it every day, but if you’re feeling tired, take some time for yourself.
We talked about getting up and moving. Taking a break is totally different. Taking a break means that you stop working. No business work. No laundry. No dishes. Don’t go grocery shopping. Don’t get the oil changed in the car. Stop working. Mentally. Have a little fun. Play a game. Read a book. Put on some music and dance around the house. Watch some of the TV shows you’ve had recorded forever. It’s okay to just to take some time and goof off.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.