Work From Home: Care For Yourself
We all thought that work-from-home would be a temporary set-up, but for now, it seems it is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. To keep your sanity, you are strongly advised to create a suitable work environment. You must also set aside time to prioritise your well-being in your new work environment.
The new trend we have seen in the market with buyers since the pandemic is the demand for a dedicated study area or room. This new requirement has become a sought-after feature in a home. Investing some money into creating a more permanent study space could add immense value to your property. It could also provide mental benefits. To achieve this, homeowners could consider a garage conversion, an extension or addition to the home, or possibly installing a low-cost container room as an outdoor garden office.
For those who cannot afford to undertake a costly renovation, think of creating a unique workplace for yourself.
1) Have a dedicated workspace with a desk and comfortable chair. While working from home provides the ability to stay in bed or slouch on the sofa while
replying to emails, your neck and back will not thank you for this later. If you do not have a separate room for an office, you can create a dedicated workspace. For example, it could be in the kitchen or dining room, where you can set yourself up for a comfortable workday.
Check that you are not sitting too low or too high for your desk – the rule of thumb is that your elbows should be bent to 90 degrees. If your chair isn’t adjustable, sit on a
pillow or place your laptop on a few books to ensure you are not hunched over all day.
2) Get up, show up as if a typical work environment
While working from home, it is just too easy to fall out of bed, open the laptop and start typing away, forgetting about the hours that pass you. Before you realise it, it can be lunchtime, and you are still slopping around in your pyjamas and slippers. Keep a work routine, get up, shower, dress and be ready for your work day. Do not neglect personal hygiene for the sake of comfort.
3) Have a timer, be disciplined and take breaks.
Coffee, lunch and other breaks around the office or the little chit-chats are far more important than you might have realised. For those without distractions at home, sitting at your desk all day and getting absorbed in a task can be easy. But it is essential to get up every hour or so and move, whether that means getting up to fetch a drink from the kitchen or simply using the toilet. Remember that several short breaks throughout the day will be more beneficial than prolonged but less frequent breaks.
4) Create separation where possible. Work your regular office hours. It is just too easy to work late into the evening without even noticing. To avoid work spilling over into your home life and vice versa, try to
create some form of division between the work and living spaces within the home. Set up a workspace where you can close a door facing away from distractions (like the TV). When the workday is done, shut down and pack away the laptop, turn off all email notifications to your mobile device, and pack away all traces of the workday.
While many aspects of life are slowly returning to pre-pandemic routines, specific changes are seemingly here to stay. The work-from-home trend is one of them. Working from home can be great, but if you work remotely, invest in the space. Ensure they are comfortable in their home-office environment to avoid putting their overall well-being at risk.
5) Exercise, see the sun and smell the fresh air
Part of your discipline should be to make a concerted effort to leave the house at least once daily. Put on your takkies and go for a walk. The exercise and fresh air will keep the brain active and lungs clean.