It’s safe to say that the last couple of months have been pretty weird, to say the least.
In fact, psychology professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad highlights the effects of isolation and how it’s taken a toll on people that have been staying at home for prolonged periods of time. And while normal life has screeched to a halt for many of us, work has not.
Many companies have shifted to work from home operations. And while technology has helped with the transition, such a massive change doesn’t come without its own difficulties. One way to deal with the difficulties of this new work setup is by focusing on your mental and physical wellbeing. To help you with this, we’ve prepared a few home self care tips to help you take better care of yourself while working from home.
Balance Your Time
Balancing work and life is incredibly important when working from home. Since your living space will now also function as your workspace, the line between the two may be blurred. This could lead to you being burnt out, which will lead to a decline in your mental health. And as we’ve already mentioned in our article on Boosting Happiness During Stressful Times your mental state will also affect your physical wellbeing.So how do you prevent all of this from happening?
Well, one way to address this issue is through time management. Lifestyle writer James Gonzalez’s article on tips for working from home highlights how setting definitive work hours will go along way in preserving your overall wellbeing. By following a set work schedule you’ll have sufficient time to rest and recover, saving you from the mental and physical toll of burnout. Learn to set boundaries and a hard cut-off time for work and you should be able to see the results sooner rather than later.
Being mindful of what you put in your body is probably the most important home self care tips. Now, it can be easy to miss out on meals or to eat food that isn’t substantial, but maintaining a proper diet will go a long way when it comes to your overall well-being. In fact, eating healthy is one of the most basic things you can do when it comes to self-care alongside sleeping right and getting enough exercise.
Health expert Emiliana Simon-Thomas highlights that self-care isn’t just about pampering yourself but is also about living a healthier life. So how do you go about eating healthier? Eating more fruits and vegetables is a great way to start. However, if you really want to eat healthier awareness is the way to go. Keep track of what you eat by logging your meals on your phone or a food journal. By doing this you can be more conscious of what you put in your body and adjust accordingly.
Participate in Social Activities
While it’s important to take care of your mind and body, there’s also another need you have to address to practice self-care. Working from home can lead to days (sometimes even weeks) of isolation. Human beings are social animals, which means participating in social activities like hanging out with friends is also a way of practicing self-care.
Depending on where you are, going out and gathering in groups may still be discouraged. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything with your friends on the internet. Why not host a movie night over Zoom? Some people have even figured out how to host karaoke nights online. The possibilities are endless when it comes to social activities while observing social distancing.