As the COVID-19 continues to spread, employees around the world are asked to do self-quarantine and use social distancing. This means staying at home and working remotely. While this is what most workers dream of doing, working from home can be really lonely and may lead to a higher anxiety.
So if this is your first time working from home, here are some tips that will help care effectively for your physical, emotional, and mental health, and at the same time, get your work done.
Staying fit and healthy is the number one challenge that you'll face when working from home, especially when there's a global pandemic on the spread. Why? The abundance of enticing snacks in the kitchen, the absence of socializing, and the urge to work in an ergonomically unsound position, like in bed, can all wreck a worker’s best health condition.
So in order to keep you in shape, here are the top 3 tips that should be done while working from home:
1. Stay active
Keeping yourself healthy during COVID-19 is very important. As tempting as it can be to work longer hours without getting breaks, it is still fundamental to get up and move from time to time. Remember, self-isolation does not mean you have to cut down on your exercise. Try experimenting with something new, like taking care of succulents. While they don't require day-to-day care, if you're feeling adventurous, you could start moving them around the house to try different lighting settings or just to have some extra exercise.
2. Take precaution
Staying home for a number of days does not mean that you are already safe from getting COVID-19. It is just one of the precautionary measures that need to be done to lessen the risk of catching the virus. Now, in order to also protect those around you – your family, proper health guidelines need to be followed, such as:
- Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds a day
- Avoid close contact with people
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay at home when you are sick
- Covering your mouth or nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- Always clean and disinfect your objects and surfaces
3. Take care of your mental health
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Staying home to avoid other people is easier said than done, as it may severely affect your mental health and wellbeing. To help you relieve some of this apprehension, try organizing your things or reading books of some of your favorite authors. You may also try propagating your succulents to grow your collections or learn something new with them, like how to make some DIY projects for future events like weddings or birthdays, to take your mind out of all the stressful situations and problems.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many companies are requiring employees to work from home. However, working from home can be a lonely enterprise in this era of social distancing, especially for those who are not used to working remotely or who don’t have an organized work station, distractions can disrupt your productivity. After all, you’re in your personal space, not your usual professional environment.
So how exactly can you stay focused on your work and be mentally healthy at the same time while working at home?
1. Stick to your daily routine
Wake up at your usual time, take a shower, and get dressed in real clothes. It may sound silly, but this will actually help get you into the "I'm going to work" mindset.
2. Create a healthy working space
Working on your bed can be tempting, but it is always important to set boundaries. This means you have to fight off distractions of other things you’ll be tempted to do around the house. So make sure to have a working space that is a stress-free zone of quiet and solitude where you can concentrate.
3. Keep plants around
Having plants around, especially succulents would not only add freshness and life to your space, but also help lessen stress, increase productivity, boost creativity, and reduce the risk of being ill. If unsure what’s the best indoor succulents are, you can take a look at our indoor collection. Another great option for indoor plants is air plants.
4. Take a break sometimes
5. Stay connected with your team members
Telecommuting thrives when there's an emphasis on trust and communication, so make sure that you're touching base with your boss or officemates. Plus, regular check-ins with your team can help identify priorities and potential obstacles and keep people accountable.
We cannot deny the joy of meeting colleagues or friends every day at work. It's normal as that’s how it has been for years. But if you choose to work from home then; pay extra attention to your health, both mind, and body, especially when you’re working alone. So consider following these tips in helping you get a happy work-from-home experience.
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