Telecommuting has a lot of benefits, including zero commute time, not having to spend money on career clothing, and being able to select which hours you work. Despite all of the benefits, telecommuting isn’t a magic bullet for work success. You still have to take care of yourself so you don’t fall into bad habits.
Working from home requires several adjustments to your lifestyle and way of thinking so you can be healthy inside and out. Following are some of our favorite tips for taking care of yourself when you work from home.
1. Get Enough Sleep. Don’t be tempted to stay up late and sleep until noon just because you work from home. It’s no surprise that a good night’s sleep is important for good production at work. Make sure you set reasonable hours and stick to them. If your employer doesn’t see you working regular hours they may get the impression that you’re not doing a good job. To help keep yourself accountable, share your hours with your manager/client and co-workers.
2. Take Regular Breaks. Working at home can tempt you to power through breaks and lunch, but that isn’t a healthy way to last long-term in a job. In order to function at our best, it’s important we have regular breaks and a complete lunch away from the computer. It’s good for your body and mind to take breaks. Make it a point to get up for a few minutes every hour to stretch and rest your eyes. While an hour lunch is idea, commit to taking at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted time to eat.
3. Avoid the Fridge. It might seem like a convenience, but having the fridge nearby isn’t always the best thing for your health. Running to the fridge every few minutes for a snack could increase your waistline in a very short period of time, making you feel sluggish. It will take some discipline, but keep healthy snacks around the house so you don’t get tempted by junk food.
4. Use Your Free Time for You. By not having to spend time commuting to work every day, you will have some extra time in the mornings and evenings. This is the perfect opportunity to throw in a little exercise or meditation. Take a short walk or bike ride at the beginning or end of your day.
5. Stay Social. Telecommuting can be an extremely isolating endeavor. You have to work to stay connected with people. Schedule a lunch break once a week with some of your coworkers or your friends so you have a chance to get out of the house and be social. Don’t use the fact that you telecommute as an excuse to not engage with friends or coworkers.
We hope these tips help you take care of yourself and be successful working from home. How do you remain healthy while working at home?