Working from home is a dream for a lot of people. There are various benefits by working remotely and in your fortress of solitude: cost savings (food and transit), not having to deal with the concrete jungle, flexibility and avoiding office politics.
With the many advantages of being a telecommuter, there are also many risk factors as well. For instance, working from home could lead a person to not getting enough exercise throughout the day or perhaps even heading to the refrigerator eating a box of cookies and drinking several glasses of pop in one workday.
This is why it’s very important for each remote worker to look after their physical health while working at home, whether it’s on a full-time or part-time basis. Here are some important tips on how to stay healthy while achieving the dream of working from home.
A proper workstation can do wonders for one’s health. If eight hours will be spent working at home then it would be prudent to invest in a decent workstation. Some good purchases would be a very comfortable chair that’s good for your posture, back, legs and wrists; a desk that has all of your work needs; a lamp that offers excellent lighting; and a computer monitor that doesn’t strain or fatigue your eyes.
In recent years, many businesses have invested in a treadmill desk or a standing desk. This allows office workers to complete their work while also stretching their legs and getting a little bit of exercise as opposed to sitting for an extended period of time. If working from home is a full-time career then this is a wise investment.
Breaks = Recess
Do you remember what recess was like when you were in elementary school? You would take 15-minute breaks outside and run around playing tag or basketball. Something similar can be done when you work from home: take a few minutes each hour and stretch and walk around. During lunchtime, head outside and take a 15-minute walk. Never sit down for eight consecutive hours.
Remember, you’re not running for buses, streetcars or trains anymore so any bit of exercise is key.
A Clean Workstation
This can be applied to either a regular office or a home office, but it’s absolutely vital to regularly clean and disinfect a work area. Wipe down a desk, keyboard or a mouse with a disinfectant wipe and sweep or vacuum around the table. Just because you’re working from home, it doesn’t have to be turned into a pigsty.
Eating a bag of potato chips, drinking soda pop and finishing it all off with brownies? This might be an excuse at work, but since you’re working from home you can take advantage of your fridge and utilize it to change your diet. Instead of chomping down on unhealthy processed foods, cut up some carrots and celery sticks, apples and watermelon. Also, be sure to drink plenty of water.
Maintaining an unbalanced diet when working from home can add unwanted calories and pounds, especially if you refrain from getting enough exercise.
One of the problems with working at an office is the ventilation. In the summer, it’s too cold. In the winter, it’s too hot. Other times the environment is just unbearable. When working from home, you can set the heat and air conditioners however you like. Instead of either, open some windows and allow the fresh air to seep in.
Eye fatigue is very common amongst white-collar workers who have to stare at a computer screen all day. For each hour you work, take a few minutes to look elsewhere, whether it’s outside, at a pet or the ceiling, or close them entirely.
Do you work from home on a regular basis? Tell us how you cope physically in the comment section below…