Lots of people are working from home these days. When you’re at home, and you’re trying to balance running a household with getting through a list of tasks, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of health and wellbeing. In this guide, I’ll offer some top tips to help you boost your health while you’re working from home.
Embrace healthy eating
A lot of people developed some undesirable habits when working from home during the pandemic. It’s easy to rely on a lot of not-so-healthy snacks while at home, and many people found it more difficult to stick to a healthy menu. If you’re based at home, or you’re moving between your house and your office throughout the week, it’s vital to embrace healthy eating. Your diet provides fuel for your body, and eating well can also help you to concentrate, maintain high energy levels and optimize cognitive function.
Start the day with a nutrient-rich breakfast. Foods like whole grains will keep you feeling full for a while. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, moderate your intake of salt and sugar and try to opt for foods that contain healthy fats, protein, and fiber. Focus on nutrition and aim to vary your menu. You can find ideas and inspiration online, from TV cooking shows or via food magazines and blogs. When I can’t figure out what to make, I like to Google some of the ingredients I have at home to find some novel recipes.
If you find that a lack of time is an issue, there are lots of ways to save time on cooking and preparing tasty, nutritious meals. Look for quick and easy recipes, batch cook and opt for fresh ingredients that cook quickly. You can rustle up a salad or a bowl of fresh whole meal pasta and vegetables in less than 15 minutes, for example. These days, I’ve been choosing a lot of lentil pasta, as it’s rich in protein keeps me feeling satisfied for a while.
Being healthy is not just about having a healthy body. It’s also crucial to prioritize mental health. Stress is a common ailment. Try to reduce stress by managing your schedule and workload and finding ways to work smarter. Using technology is a great way to speed up and simplify tasks. Make sure you have the equipment you need to work efficiently and seek advice if you have issues that are holding you back. Tech problems can be frustrating and they can also prevent you from getting your work done. Use online guides and tech articles to find answers or contact the IT department if you are employed and the company has access to IT support.
As well as working smarter, you can also prevent stress by talking to your boss if you have concerns or queries and taking time out. It’s so important to make time to indulge your hobbies and interests, spend time with friends and family and exercise. Exercise is an incredibly powerful means of improving mental health. Experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. This can include everything from walking, running and cycling to dancing, swimming, playing tennis and doing Pilates.
Working from home offers benefits for employees and the self-employed, but it’s not always easy. When you’re at home, it’s easy to get distracted by work and looking after kids or doing household chores. Try to ensure that your health is a priority. Eat well, focus on nutrition and be proactive in managing stress.