Have you been making yourself a priority as part of the adjustment when working from home? Good work and self care go hand in hand. It’s easy to forget about yourself with the change in your working style and all the distractions that come with working from home. We’re going to share some tips to help you put yourself, and your health first.

5 tips:

1.  Hobbies

Keep up with your old hobbies or find new ones! Now, more than ever, you have the opportunity to perfect an old skill or learn a new one. Have you always wanted to finish a 1000-piece puzzle, learn to cook or learn how to knit? Seize the opportunity and allow yourself to find joy in the little things you’ve been missing. Research shows that hobbies are a great way to improve and keep your mood and mental state healthy, while keeping yourself busy. 

2.  Meditation

With all of the stress you may be feeling, it can be helpful to meditate. Meditation allows you to escape, for a moment,  the stress and anxiety you may be experiencing. Research shows that, not only does mediation have long-term health benefits, mentally and physically, but also increases your self-awareness and memory. It can be hard to begin your meditation journey, here are some free resources to get you started with guided-meditation.

3.  Healthy Lifestyle Choices

How has your diet changed since the transition to working from home? Have you been ordering out more, or feel more tempted by that bag of chips? Research shows that eating unhealthy foods can cause depression and a lack of energy. For whatever reason, the universe has gifted us with more time at home, use that time wisely and make healthier decisions. The same goes for working out and staying active. Get up! Stretch! Move around! These simple actions are proven to have positive effects on your body and your mental health. Go for a walk, get some fresh air and clear your head while getting your body up and moving.

4.  Stay Connected

In previous articles, we have discussed the importance of keeping connected with your co-workers; but your co-workers aren’t the only people you need to stay connected to. Be sure to check in with your neighbours, your friends and family. Social interaction releases brain chemicals that make you happier and more productive. Just because you can’t physically be with your loved ones, doesn’t mean you can’t find new methods to connect with technology. 

5. Relax

Take a break! During the day when you are working it’s important to take breaks to regroup, but it’s also important to know when the day is done. After work, take time for yourself: catch up on the latest Netflix show, make some dinner, and turn your brain off for a while. You’ll feel a sense of rejuvenation that will transfer over into your life and work. 

With everything going on in your life, it’s important that you feel mentally and socially fulfilled. It’s a great mindset to see this as an opportunity for personal growth. Think of it as ‘a glass half full’ situation whether you’re working or on a temporary leave, be sure to keep yourself and your health in consideration.

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