Many people are currently learning and working from home, so it is more vital than ever to plan how to keep active and well when we’re not travelling to a study or work place. Here are our top 5 tips for looking after yourself whilst working from home.
1. Movement Breaks
Stop every half an hour to stretch and move for a minute. This will help you in so many ways. Sitting still staring at a screen tires our bodies more than we realise.
Getting up and moving will not only combat this but will boost your circulation and help you concentrate.
You could set yourself a reminder, or if you take one of our courses, we have movement breaks built in there to remind you!
2. Eye Breaks
As well as your body needing to move, we need to make sure we move our eyes too. Burning, sore eyes and headaches are all a result of overworked eyes.
Your eyes have different muscles in that lengthen and shorten as we look at objects at different distances. If we spend all day looking at a screen we overuse the shortening muscles.
To keep our sight healthy, opticians recommend following the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
3. Moving during meetings or lessons
If you are in a non-video lesson or meeting, then get up and walk or moves as you take part. There is no need to be stuck to your desk when you’re just talking to someone.
You can even listen to podcasts and audiobooks as part of your studies whilst on the move.
4. Lunchtime walks
It can be easy when you’re working from home to get through the entire day and realise you haven’t moved once. If you plan to go for a walk at lunchtime and make it a habit, then it can actually make you more productive.
Making sure you stop and get outside for a walk at lunchtime not only breaks up your day but gives your eyes a break, gets your circulation going and gives you some natural light.
You can find some good local walks using sites like Walking Britain.
Loneliness can easily creep up on us, especially when we may not get out and socialise like we used to. Luckily we have technology that can help with this. Make use of apps to stay in touch with your friends and don’t be afraid to ask people for a chat; chances are someone else is looking for a way to socialise too.
We are lucky to have some great ways to socialise with people from home. Make use of sites like Kast to watch movies with friends all around the world.