For many of us, the normality is going into an office and working there, however, where possible it has been recommended that in the UK we work from home. Here’s just a couple of tips to try get into a routine for working from home.
For some, the idea of being able to stay in pyjamas all day whilst working is a complete dream. However, you’ll probably find that by staying in pyjamas you’ll be less productive. Part of getting up and dressed for the day means that you’re mentally preparing for work to start, and starting your working week like you usually would.
Find a routine
This is a bit of a funny one, but during the week try and stick to a routine, including when you go to bed. Especially when we are spending a large amount of time at home now, it can start to all blend into one, so by having a routine you can follow, it helps to give a bit of guidance to your day.
Getting into a routine is important, but make sure you do take breaks from staring at your computer screen, get up, stretch, and move around a bit. There are some great ‘office chair’ workouts on YouTube and social media to help get your body moving for 5 minutes and keep an eye out for some of our own workouts too!
Talk to people
With most of us working from home, it can mean for some being on their own. This is the time that our phones come into their element! Usually it’s about reducing screen time, but now with what is going on and the need for social distancing and isolation, use your phone to give someone a call, or FaceTime them. The same goes for your colleagues, sometimes it’s just easier to call and discuss something rather than sending a chain of emails. If you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling, talk to someone about it.
Try and stay active
Losing your old routine, which may have involved some form of physical activity before or after work (maybe even by walking to work), or even just the change in routine for anyone, means that physical activity will most likely be impacted. Make sure that you stay active! There are so many home workout options on both Instagram and YouTube and we'll share some of ours with you, which may only require your own body weight, or maybe you can find substitutes for weights. We know that physical activity can help to improve mood, but also helps reduce stress levels, especially trying something like yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises.
Please remember these are all just tips to hopefully help or give guidance to anyone who needs them. The most important thing is to do things that work for you, and make you feel better. This is all very new for many of us and we will all learn along the way. We will mostly have great productive days and some not so productive, but it is finding what works for you. If you have any other tips, let us know!
Daisy, MSc PGDip ANutr, is a Registered Associate Nutritionist with a Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition, both of which are Association for Nutrition (AFN) accredited. She, also, has a BSc degree in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience; and has completed an AFN accredited Diet Specialist Nutrition course.
Daisy has worked for an NHS funded project, the Diabetes Prevention Programme; and shadowed a nutritionist in Harley Street.
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