Well Being

Working From Home Takes Mental and Physical Strength

September is the time for adding some structure to your day and settling into a routine. If you’ve been winging it since March, it might be time to set up your home workspace for success. Staying mentally and physically strong can take some effort.

Set up Your Workspace

Having a dedicated work area in your home can help create a mental and physical division between home time and work time.

Physical therapist Jacob Kmiecik of Core Physical Therapy recommends setting up a proper desk and chair for ergonomics.

“Think 90-degree angles for your elbows, hips, and knees. I recommend having your feet flat on the floor then elbows at a 90-degree angle on the desk,” he said.

Keep your wrists in a straight alignment, slightly elevated off the table helps avoid carpel tunnel. From there, aim to have monitor height just below eye level. You might need to prop your monitors up on books or lower your chair. Check out a guide to setting up your desk.

When working, he suggests reminding yourself to sit up straight. A note taped to your computer that says “posture” can be a good reminder.

“Many people hunch forward while sitting, which isn’t good for your neck, shoulders, or thoracic spine,” he said.

Get Moving

“I encourage everyone to get up at least once an hour.” Kmiecik said. “It doesn’t have to be long, 60 seconds. Just take a lap around the house or around the block.”

Set an alarm for every 50 minutes to an hour and stand up for 30 to 60 seconds, Kmiecik suggested.

You can battle that hunched position by using a stretchy band. Kmiecik demonstrates how.

Find more great stretches for office workers.

If you can, taking a walk or breaking up your workday with a workout. Anything to prevent yourself from sitting in the same position for 8 hours.

“When you’re working from home, you’re obviously saving a fair amount of time on that commute,” Kmiecik said. “An hour or even more for people. I recommend taking a piece of that time saved and dedicating that to physical activity.”

Also, you need to take proper care of your overall health which can also include mental health. Many business owners these days are focusing on mental support for their employees by collaborating with medical companies like Eden Health or other firms that handle medical matters for businesses. Mental health aid, whether it is therapy or counseling, can enhance the overall health of employees. That way, businesses can increase performance, improve morale, and recruit and retain talented employees.

Set Boundaries

When your office is in your house, it’s easy to sign on early and check in before bed. Take some time to think about what works for you and your family. For some, it’s keeping work to 8 to 5. Others find that starting early, then taking a break when the kids are up from their naps or home from school can help. Still others need to be connected all day, but could take breaks away from their phone or computer.

Making a “commute” in the form of a walk before and after work can also set a boundary between home and work.

Use Technology

Technology is available to help us connect with our nearest and dearest or the team from afar. Before you get into the technological side of home support and work, you might want to make sure your internet is up to scratch. If it is not then you may want to research options similar to hughesnet services along with local providers to see if you can find a potential provider should you need to improve your internet. Once you have sorted out any issues, find channels that feel good to you and try to avoid sites that spew negativity. What your employer could additionally do is integrate a proper messaging system (you could sneak a peek at this website to know more) for the organization could additionally help improve communication amongst the team as well. However, this should be on emergency and for office discussions only, and not anything beyond your work hours.

For some remote workers, communication tools alone may not be enough. For example, software developers might require tools to track any changes in any set of files used for coordinated work. They can install Git or similar software along with the communication tools to better manage their work efficiently.

“There is a growing body of work saying that video conferencing is the best way to curb loneliness working from home,” said Grey Alexander, an executive technical support technician at Premera Blue Cross.

Alexander recommended using solutions like Microsoft Teams to connect.

“Teams enables groups to create their own mini-social networks, which is heavily underutilized,” he said.

He also likes to use technology for physical fitness. For example, set a timer to remind you get get up and move around. You can also use activity trackers to keep you honest about movement or for a little healthy competition among friends.

Avoid Temptation in the Kitchen

Creating a schedule and plan can help to prevent snacking all day when the kitchen is so close and no one is watching. Some nutritionist tips:

  1. Start with a distraction-free breakfast.
  2. Schedule in breaks for proper meals and snacks rather than mindlessly eating while working. Scheduling a break also ensures that you can make lunch before you’re starving and energy is low, which is often when we don’t make the healthiest choices.
  3. Decide before you start working what you will eat for lunch.
  4. Keep a bottle of water at your desk. Sometimes thirst masquerades as hunger.
  5. Decide on a swap. Every time I crave a cookie, I will have an orange instead.

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