With home working swiftly becoming one of the most sought-after ways to currently work, more and more people are taking up paid positions from the comfort of their own homes, bucking the trend of commuting to and from the workplace daily.
While this is a great way to take advantage of the many technological advances and work on your terms in your surroundings, without that daily commute, some home workers may find themselves experiencing a myriad of health problems a few months into their home working venture.
Whether you are already working at home or are making plans to do so, it is vital to consider your overall health as you approach this new working venture.
Aim to Keep to Set Lunch and Dinner Times
Resist those urges to snack throughout the day when you start working from home! Be strict and keep to regular lunch and dinner times, perhaps emulating those you had when you were working out of the home.
Though so many people see working from home as a means of getting away from a regimented work day, when it comes to lunch and dinner, the only way to ensure a healthier body and mind is to stick with such regular routines here.
It’s all too easy to nip to the fridge and pick out a snack or two, ruffling through the cupboards taking out that cookie jar each time you pass the kitchen! But, doing this on a daily basis is a sure-fire way of piling on the pounds in next to no time.
If you must snack during the day, look at eating something healthier such as dried fruits, nuts or even a piece of fruit. Or, better still, perhaps consider implementing some quick weight loss tips.
Get Away from Your Desk During the Day
Another common problem for those working from the home is the lack of motivation to get up and get out of the house during an average working day.
If you no longer need to head out of the door to commute, and you aren’t expected to meet up with clients during the day, it’s so easy to fall into the trap of just working straight through and not getting any form of exercise for possibly one or maybe even a few days at a time. Not only does this harm you physically but it can be detrimental on your mental state.
Schedule into each day a workout session, whether it’s a 20-minute DVD workout, a power walk around the block or perhaps a dedicated gym session to break up your day, make sure you do some form of physical activity every single day you work from the home.
Ensure You Get a Good Night’s Sleep Every Night
When you work from the home environment, it can be increasingly difficult to shut off or draw a line to end your working day and enter your free evening time.
Many homeworkers find themselves completing on projects right through to the early hours of the morning a couple of times each week, believing they will make the time up by having a lie-in the next day.
However, that lie-in rarely comes, or you know you have a full-on schedule the next day and can’t afford to devote any longer to your sleep.
This then results in a weak bedtime schedule which can lead to many health niggles as the months go by. You are also less likely to be as productive as a result and prone to making silly little mistakes because of lethargy.
Plan your days to the hour wherever you can and guard your precious sleeping time with all your might!