Remote work introduces many benefits to a person’s work-life balance, but it’s also challenging. Staying healthy isn’t easy because there’s plenty of distractions to contend with and generally less movement when you work remotely. Today you’ll discover tips remote workers can use to stay healthy.
1. Eat Healthily
What you eat impacts your energy level and mood. That’s why you must eat right and drink enough fresh water to stay hydrated. Try to avoid artificial fluids like soda or other sugary drinks. Such fluids increase the likelihood of type two diabetes and heart disease.
Focus on consuming real food that can energize you and keep your immune system strong, such as broccoli, spinach, and sweet potatoes. Consider putting together a menu ahead of time. That can make it easier to avoid noshing down whatever looks tastiest and quickest when you’re hungry. Real nutritious and balanced foods can also make you more productive.
2. Regular Exercise
Exercise regularly. Try getting at least 20 to 30 minutes of movement focused exercise daily, such as speed walking, swimming, jogging, etc. Use the flexibility of remote work to your advantage by scheduling the times you’ll workout. Maybe you’d like to do it in the afternoon during your break or right after the workday. Make time to exercise whenever it is best for you.
3. Get Enough Sleep
One major downside of remote work is the looming sense of social isolation. The good news is that getting enough sleep not only ensures you’re well-rested but can also quell feelings of isolation and loneliness.
One study from the University of California (UC) found that lack of sleep makes people less eager to interact with others. Another study by the Sleep Research Society found that older adults with more sleep disruption experience social isolation and loneliness.
Proper sleep is essential for a healthy mental state.
4. Take Frequent Breaks
Schedule breaks (long and short ones) throughout the day and don’t skip one even if you’re tempted. Breaks will help you rest and ensure movement occurs. For example, you can schedule 15-minute breaks every two hours or take 30 mins off every four hours. During break times, focus on yourself. Grab a bite to eat, exercise, meditate, or relax; do what you want.
Taking care of yourself is paramount, especially when you work remotely. The tips above can make a lot of difference in your health and productivity if followed.