Best Tips on Staying Healthy While Working At Home

Tell me if this has ever happened to you.

Best Tips on Staying Healthy While Working At HomeSo, you’re working at home, slugging along, when you get the urge to make yourself coffee. That’s fine. You need a break. But as you’re making coffee, you realize that the kitchen is a mess. So you start washing out the dishes that have piled up in the sink. Then you see, that there’s some laundry that needs to be washed, so you go ahead and do that.

Three hours later, you realized you’ve used up hours of your office time taking care of housework! Not cool.

It’s great working at home. But along with the freedom that you gain by doing it, are the pitfalls that lead you off the path of productivity. And they’re all over your house!

Here are a few techniques to help you stay focused and motivated during those hours that you need to spend on work at home. Because staying healthy while working at home will keep you functioning at your peak level of performance! And that’s a good thing when you’re building your own home-based business.

It’s Still An Office, Treat It Like One

You hear of people working at home in their pajamas, or in bed or on the kitchen table. You should not do this! The best way to start your day is to have a healthy breakfast, a light exercise, if that’s part of your daily routine, then a shower! A shower works wonders for your overall frame of mind.  Best Tips on Staying Healthy While Working At Home

Then dress appropriately. While you don’t need to wear a suit and tie, wear something that prepares your mind for work. And your PJ won’t do the trick. Just be sure they’re comfortable.

Since it is technically your office, then create a schedule for your day. And make sure you stick to it! Create a routine that sets out your tasks for the day, this way, you can achieve what you need to achieve, without leaving anything out.

A good trick is to physically write down your tasks like you would at your regular office. A physical list will allow you to prioritize your tasks, as well as organize your thoughts.

Finally, make sure you’re properly rested. I know you’re home, but don’t think that just because you are in your house you can sleep late and wake up late on the days you’re supposed to be working. When you’re well rested, your mind works better, and you feel better. Remember, you never plan on being late to a regular job. Don’t be late to your own business.

Don’t Forget To Move, Drink, And Snack Healthy

Sitting at a desk for hours on end can’t be good for you. In fact, it can be downright lethal! Staying at your desk for long periods causes tension all over your body, especially the neck and back. This can result in chronic pain in those areas.

Best Tips on Staying Healthy While Working At HomeRepetitive movements, especially on the wrist while typing could also strain your wrist muscles, which can also lead to injury and pain.

Staying seated for long hours decreases blood flow to the legs, which can lead to a deadly condition called deep vein thrombosis. These are clots that form in the blood vessels in your legs which, if they are dislodged, could lead to either your lungs or your heart, and could conceivably block blood vessels. This is why people who are on long haul flights are told to exercise their legs, even when they’re seated.

To avoid all these, you need to move every couple of hours. Don’t plant yourself at your desk for the whole day. Stand up, pace around a bit. Take a few minutes to stretch your arms and move your legs.

There’s also the temptation to binge on foods that are not really healthy. You know, since you’re at home, why not? Well, don’t! Switch out the chips and the chocolate bars for healthier alternatives like nuts or fruits. Schedule your lunch into your day. Make sure you break the monotony with some healthy snacking!

And make sure you drink throughout the workday. There’s a big chance that you will become dehydrated because you either forget to drink, or think that coffee will suffice (it won’t), or you confuse thirst with hunger. This leads you to eating more when all you actually are is thirsty.

Proper hydration allows your brain to function optimally. And it also prevents you from getting tired too soon. So don’t discount those eight glasses of water each day!

Ergonomics

One thing you must not do is work in bed, the TV room, the kitchen table, or anywhere else that can distract you into doing any other activity other than work. So if at all possible, you should designate an area in your home where you will do nothing but your work.  This will help you focus on the tasks at hand.  Best Tips on Staying Healthy While Working At Home

Once that’s done, then you need to properly invest in good office furniture.

This is something that not everyone who’s starting a home-based business can afford. It’s even questionable if everyone can even spare a spot in their home to be designated as the home office! But if you can, it’s advisable that you do.

Making your workspace comfortable is essential because you will be spending hours of your day there. Being comfortable at work will relax you, and make you more creative and productive. Even if you are unable to designate a specific spot in your house as a home office, and you have to work from the kitchen table or counter, you can at least get an ergonomic chair that will ensure that your back is properly supported while your working.

You can then ensure that your workspace is properly lighted. And not just any light. Make sure, if you do not have direct sunlight going into your work area, that you use artificial daylight lamps and bulbs so that they simulate daylight. This is especially helpful during winter months when the lack of sunlight can affect your energy level and your mood, making you feel weak, depressed, irritable, and definitely less productive.

Home Office vs Home Life

Best Tips on Staying Healthy While Working At HomeThe trick with having a home office is finding the proper balance between home and the office. And this can be a real problem. While it may be acceptable to sometimes work beyond your allotted schedule for the day, such as when you’re trying to meet a deadline, it’s never acceptable to make this the rule rather than the exception.

Set boundaries. This means knowing when the work day ends, and when home time begins! This helps set a healthy balance in your daily life. Which is important, because one of the reasons you probably started your own business is to be able to spend more time with your family and friends.

Conversely, your family and friends must also understand that during those hours of the day that you are working, that they should limit personal intrusions as much as possible. Let them know that you are not free to chat or do other things during certain hours of the day. Let them treat you as if you were still going to work. And you are! Just not for somebody else.

Health Is Wealth

We’ve touched on this theme in a couple of posts now, but it always bears repeating because you can’t emphasize it enough. Your health is indeed your greatest wealth! Without it, you cannot be an effective entrepreneur.   And when you succeed, you won’t enjoy your success as much or at all if you’re sick.

Best Tips on Staying Healthy While Working At Home

This article hopes to help you find ways to make your home office experience enjoyable and relaxing, as well as healthy. Your overall well being should never elude your sight even as you pour your efforts into making a business that will benefit you and your family.

Never place your wealth over your health anytime. They don’t need to be mutually exclusive. There are ways to achieve one while working on the other. Hopefully, this article gave you a few ideas on how to find that perfect balance between the home and the home office.

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14 thoughts on “Best Tips on Staying Healthy While Working At Home

  1. This is great advice as I am not only beginning my online affiliate business, i also work from home for my “day job” and have found myself doing everything except what i should be doing!

    Thanks

    1. I know how that feels, Daniel!

      There’s just too many distractions to working at home, despite its obvious benefits. It’s even more difficult if you don’t have a designated area for work.

      I was just talking to a friend yesterday about his dilemma about trying to stay focused as he work from his home office. He works at home 4 out of 5 days in the week. And he knows he can be more productive if he just puts some structure to his whole day. But again, it’s sometimes easier said than done. However, realizing that there is a problem, and understanding that there are solutions out there, is the best first step to take.

      I wish you well on your endeavors. Thank you for your comment, and have a great day!

      Louie

  2. Hi!

    I love this article! I have a home office and treat it like my fortress of solitude. I love your comment “It’s an office, treat it like one.” So many people don’t realize that working from home is still work. It takes discipline and your workspace should be sacred. I’m also a fan of a designed ergo-dynamic space. It’s very important when you spend hours in front of a computer to be comfortable and not to forget to get up and walk, or better yet, get some EXERCISE!

    LOVE this post! Great subject!

    1. Hey Steven! Thanks for the comment. I really appreciate your feedback.

      A lot of us who have some type of home office activity going realize that we ultimately need to treat our home office like the real thing. Because it is. It’s hard to separate yourself from the rest of the house, or from keeping the rest of the home from encroaching on to your professional space. But it’s the only way you can actually be more productive with your time. At the end of the day, by necessity, you will have draw boundaries.

      And yes! Don’t sit in front of that computer the whole day! Get up, stretch, and walk around! It is permissible to go get coffee or a small snack. You need to keep yourself fed in order to continue working. Use that time to leisurely lubricate your joints, and calm yourself down.

      Good luck! And thanks again for your feedback!

      Louie

  3. It’s so true that you get more easily distracted when you’re at home all day! I find that your tips work for me as a stay at home mom, too. Creating a schedule for yourself is a MUST, or you will never get anything done. I also agree that you should never allow your job to affect your health negatively– that’s a good sign that it’s not the right job for you. Thanks for the post. 🙂

    1. Hi Emily!

      You know, being a stay-at-home mom is a full time job in itself! Many husbands don’t appreciate the amount of actually work that goes into managing a household! So my hats off to you and to many people like you, both men and women.

      You’re right. Many of these tips you can actually use even when you’re not really “working at home.” Keeping a schedule, for instance, is a must! As well as taking a step back, every couple of hours, to decompress and calm yourself down.

      I wish you well, Emily! And thanks again for the comment! I appreciate it very much.

      Louie

  4. This is such a fantastic article, with so many pointers and tips to working at home. I’m so guilty of ending up spending hours on household chores, snacking on the most sinful foods, and not having a good posture when at my computer. Thank you for all these timely reminders.

    1. Hi Joo!

      I think we’re all guilty of backsliding every now and then. But realizing that we are, and knowing that we need to correct the situation, is an important step. We’re never going to be perfect. But striving to be is always a better alternative.

      Thank you for your feedback! Have a great day!

      Louie

  5. I found that in the beginning working from home makes you lazy in some ways. You have to make yourself get up and do stuff. You don’t have the routine of getting ready and driving or commuting and you tend to just waltz over to sitting. It is hard after the first month or two to get up and exercise. You have to eliminate more junk from the house also!!

    1. I hear you, Thomas!

      I find it actually helped me treat the start of my day as if I’m actually “going to work.” I wake up on time, shower, exercise a bit, eat breakfast, dress, THEN start my work day.

      I break up my routine by getting up every couple of hours and stretching, walking for a few minutes, to de-stress. I eat snacks that are not junk food. Mind you, it’s not easy. And I sometimes stumble.
      But if you can do this while working for someone else, why not do it for yourself when you’re working for your business from home?

      Good luck, Thomas! And thank you for your comment!

      Louie

  6. Hey Louie-Gigi,
    The overall tone was the most important feature of this post. It reminded me of a tour guide speaking in a
    moderate voice that made for easy listening. The guidance was very informative and educational in that it
    was intended to provide your opinions regarding the proper way to structure your home office and how it
    should be treated as such. It was not a command but instead an outline that could be easily adapted to each
    individual’s personal desires without offending them. The reminder that proved noteworthy was establishing a routine that mirrored the home environment with the workplace was also significant. Self-discipline is key
    to the successful completion of the required tasks that had to be accomplished on a daily basis. Well done!

    1. Thank you for your kind words and feedback, Kenneth! We really do appreciate it.

      I’m glad you noticed the tone of the article. This is something I try hardest to achieve. You can present all the information in the world but if your tone is not inviting, I doubt people will read it.

      I try to write in a style the I like to read. Of course, We also make sure that the information we impart is truly relevant and useful to our readers.

      We’re glad you liked the article! Thank you again for the feedback!

      Louie and Gigi

  7. I find this article to be very well structured and enlightening. It proves to be significant as a great number of today’s workers are not only wishing for a home based work employmebt – many are actively seeking for it and many offices and businesses now are realizing medium and long term advantages and profits from providing this dimension to their daily work.

    Good work Louie and Gigi.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Honey!

      This is our world today. Like you said, more and more people and companies are finding home-based work as a true alternative to the traditional work environment. Being able to stay healthy while doing your work from home, therefore, is becoming a real concern for many people.

      Our goal is to be able to provide information that will help people. And it’s always gratifying to hear from readers that they’ve found our articles useful and interesting.

      Thank you very much for your feedback!

      Louie & Gigi

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