How To Stay Healthy While Working From Home?

How To Stay Healthy While Working From Home?

As many people continue working from home for the foreseeable future, prioritizing health and movement can be a challenge. People in walkable cities no longer have the commute to and from work to rely on, and many gyms and workout studios remain closed, both of which make the sedentary effects of a desk job seem more prominent.

Though office closures don’t seem to be ending any time soon (and even if they do, a desk job is still a desk job), these seven tips can help you stay healthy under the circumstances.

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1. Walk around.

One of the best ways to make your desk job less sedentary is to frequently get up and walk around. Our legs are the easiest, free tool we have to stay active, so use them if you’re able.

Whether you’re taking the time to go for a mile long walk outside, moving up and down the stairs, or walking a few laps around your yard

2. Spend time in nature.

I choose to wear sneakers during work (but you could also keep them nearby), so when scheduled phone calls or potential breaks arise, the opportunity to take them outside is accessible. When the days turn colder, keep a jacket, scarf, or gloves next to your sneakers so the weather doesn’t serve as an excuse to stay indoors.

Aside from a change of pace and movement, spending time in nature has plenty of proven health benefits, including stress reduction and vitamin D absorption.

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3. Keep water nearby.

Not only will you stay adequately hydrated (which supports immunity), but drinking water can also inadvertently promote movement in the form of bathroom breaks. While you’re up, consider spending a bit of extra time walking around or stretching before returning to your desk.

Certain fruits and veggies, like cucumbers, celery, leafy vegetables, zucchini, melons and berries, double as both healthy snacks and hydrating foods.

4. Check in on your mindset and tune into your body.

When working from home, it can be easy to become distracted. Instead of focusing on the various ways you “should” be eating, moving, working, etc., focus on the big picture and remember that being healthy is about having a healthy mindset.

Particularly with the recent election, COVID-19, and other stressors, it’s easy to become glued to screens (including the one you’re working from), which can result in burnout. When possible, take breaks from external stressors and tune into your body’s signals.

If it seems too difficult to part from your computer during the work day, try to establish a morning or evening routine dedicated to time away from electronics. It doesn’t have to be extravagant—simply sitting with a cup of coffee or tea and allowing your thoughts to pass through you is an effective, restorative form of meditation.

7. Set boundaries.

When there’s no distinct end to the work day (i.e.commuting back home), it can be easy to over-extend your hours, thereby increase the amount of time you spend sedentary. For both mental and physical health, it’s important to set boundaries in the evening.

Reach out to co-workers and anyone else you communicate with at work and let them know that you won’t be replying to emails past a certain hour. Time away from your phone and computer will also decrease blue light exposure, promoting better quality sleep. Win-win.

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