5 simple ways to stay healthy in the Home Office era
I know many of us have loved this new way of working. The freedom. The time won, from not having to go to the office. The absence of lame small-talk and meaningless meetings - now they are over Video Call, but there we can slack off on a whole other level. Resent research say that most of us do already after 10 minutes. But now, many of us are starting to not only see, but also feel the downsides. Burn-out symptoms are on the rise and disorders connected to the isolation are as well.
Truth is, that annoying trip to and from work, “doing nothing”, listening to music or reading was actually super important for our health and it didn’t stop being that because of a little pandemic.
Not to forget the interactions with colleagues. That simple hello, how are you at the coffee machine does positive things with us. Our society may not reflect it, but we are for a fact social beings.
Here are 5 simple things you can do to keep sane and healthy.
1. Get ready as if you would go to work
I know, sweatpants are your best friend, but really you are growing apart. That cut between work and leisure will help your brain and your spirit to know when it’s time off and clothing actually does that.
2. Pretend you're going to work
Take a walk, a bus-, or a bike ride, to “get there”. It might feel ridiculous, but movement is the brain's best friend - nothing keeps our brain as healthy. Also simply “going from A-B” doing nothing is an important break. In this home office era we rarely have them, as we tend to always go out when we have a task; grocery shopping, get rid of the garbage, do sports or even walk the dog. Just going out to get to your workspace will help keep you healthy. Walk around the block.
3. Take real breaks
Don’t eat at your work space. Just don’t. Even better, try to actually enjoy your food. Let your senses come out and play and get that consciousness going. Meditation can take many shapes and eating can absolutely be one of them.
4. Sky is the limit
Look at the sky to use your prevail vision. Sitting in front of a computer all day, not going out puts a strain on your eyes. Focus is amazing but seeing the bigger picture is as well. Simply going to a window every now and then will do the trick.
5. Spend your days doing what you love
If you hate your job, quit your job. The walls around you will not matter if what you’re doing doesn’t make any sense to you. Don’t kill your spirit by wasting your life doing something you don’t like. Don’t let life be your 24 days of paid vacay. It can be so much more. If you need a sign to quit – Voilà this is it.
Louise is a mindfulness mentor on a mission to make mindfulness more accessible and simple. For her it's not only a human ability but also a need and the place we all need to learn how to connect with if we want to make this planet a better place for everything living now and in the future.