Working from home has its perks, but as we are required to work from home amid the Coronavirus(COVID-19) outbreak, it’s essential to set up a distinction between our work and personal life. Whether it’s taking a short break, setting up a proper workspace or implementing a to-do list, these self-care tips can help you balance your work-from-home.
1.Stock up nourishing snacks
While it can be tempting to spend on junk foods when you are having a tough time at work. It won’t be easy to cut down on your snacking habits, you can reduce the impact by stocking up nourishing snacks instead in your fridge and pantry. Here are some of the best foods to stock up:
- fresh fruits
- low-fat yogurt
- whole-grain crackers
- whole-grain bread
- nuts and seeds
- dried fruit
2.Set a productive morning routine
If you can’t go out for outdoor activities, a meaningful morning indoor activity can be a great way to boost your productivity. Some of the best indoor activities that you can adopt include journaling, yoga, meditating or exercise. Embracing a productive morning routine will help set a positive and relaxed tone for the day instead of jumping straight to your work.
3.Having a designated workspace
Picking your bed or your couch as your workspace is ill-advised as it is not good to have your area of relaxation associated with your work. Set up a desk and upright chair akin to a small study area. Lighting is essential as well to ensure you don’t strain your eyes.
4.Take a short break and move around
Morning exercise won’t be enough in a day. It is best to take a break every 30 minutes to keep your body at ease. While it’s not ideal to go outside of your house, instead a light indoor exercise or stretching is a great way to ensure you are still physically healthy.
5.Dress up like you are going to the office
Doing your work wearing only your pyjamas can potentially affect your productivity negatively. Dress up modestly instead as if you are actually working outside.
6.Keep your house clean
Ensuring your home is clean and tidy will ensure you can work productively. Working on your messy workspace can distract you so ensure you tidy up everything before you start your work. Take the initiative during the morning to clean the kitchen, laundry work and wipe your desk area.
7.Make a to-do list
While you are working from home, you need to find the means to motivate yourself. A great way to kick-start your day is to set a to-do list of everything you need to get things complete. If you’re feeling overwhelmed while working from home, prioritise on urgent tasks and put aside your minor duties for another time. You will feel your daily routine gets through more smoothly.
8.Having sufficient rest
Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night to ensure you have the energy to get through your day. When you are working from home, at times it can be tempting to lie in later or just stay up working throughout the day.
9.Working during the night
If you are required to work late, bright light can disrupt your circadian rhythms, to protect your eyesight, it’s best to ensure your laptop or computer screen are set to dark mode. To set up dark mode on your web browser, download this add-on that helps you quickly switch the screen too dark at night time.
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