Changing Your Life for the Better

Changing Your Life for the Better

When you’re working from home, self-care can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you struggle to keep firm boundaries between work and personal life. For example, you’re unlikely to get up from your desk in an office and go to the breakroom for a snack every half hour, but when you’re working at home and your office is already in the kitchen, it can become a bit of an issue.

Fortunately, there are ways to prioritize your own health and wellbeing no matter where you work.

Set a Regular Schedule

Create a schedule every day so you can keep both health priorities and work in focus and on track. Put time on your calendar and set reminder alarms for things like getting up and walking around the block, doing jumping jacks, or drinking a full glass of water.

Once you get into a regular groove, your new healthy habits will become just another part of your daily routine. Do the same thing with eating. Plan meals, including snacks, prepare meals in advance, and stick to the schedule. According to Good Housekeeping, not only will you feel better, you’ll actually be much more productive because you’ll be managing your time wisely.

Start an Exercise Routine

While a couple of short walks during the day are great for keeping you focused at work, for maximum health benefits, you’ll want to step up the physical activity a few times a week. That might meantime on the treadmill, at the gym, hiking, rowing, dancing – anything that gets your heart rate elevated.

Even if you can’t set aside time to exercise because of busy workdays, just taking the stairs instead of the elevator and standing instead of sitting can help you stay healthy. A fitness tracker or smartwatch can help you gauge your progress and meet your goals, and can even help you measure your overall fitness.

Use Natural Remedies to Reduce Stress

Try to get away from caffeine and alcohol and find natural ways to manage stressors in your life. Adequate restful sleep is a good place to start. Hydration also plays a role. You might also try herbal supplements for common ailments and all-natural health and beauty products like rosemary and rosehip oils.

Mindfulness practices, yoga, meditation, and decluttering can also help you reduce or eliminate stress and anxiety. Also, remind yourself it’s okay to say no. Overcommitting yourself, doing things you don’t particularly enjoy, or allowing yourself to get over-scheduled and overrun can wreak havoc on both your mental and physical health and well-being. Build-in “you” time to rest and rejuvenate.

Learn to Say No

Remind yourself it’s okay to say no to tasks you can’t take on, or even to social-type things you don’t have the time, energy, or interest in doing. This is especially important when you work from home. Family and friends may believe since you’re at home and not in an office that you’re free to chat, visit, take care of their children, or otherwise impose on your workday.

Get comfortable with phrases like, “Sorry, I’m at work,” or “Maybe we can connect on a day off?” According to Very Well Mind, you may need to train people to recognize and respect your boundaries, and this starts with holding tight and not backing down.

Make a Career Change

Work-related stress is something many people experience, and if you aren’t feeling fulfilled, or think it might be time to make a change, consider going back to school in an online capacity. Getting your bachelor’s degree in a field like nursing, business, or education can set you on an entirely new career path that can be both personally and professionally fulfilling.

Online programs have the benefit of letting you work on your own schedule, so you can successfully balance home, work, and school. Just make sure you select a program that’s licensed, accredited, and offers a competitive tuition rate.

Working from home has a number of benefits, but it also has challenges that require careful time management, the ability to prioritize, to say no when necessary, and to maintain a firm separation between personal and professional life as much as possible

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