10 ways to look after your wellbeing while #WFH
As many of our Gravitonians transition to working from home for the foreseeable future, it’s more important than ever that we find ways to look after our wellbeing. Here’s our top 10 ways to look after your mental and physical wellbeing while working from home…
- Set up a dedicated workspace. Your dinner table, a study if you have one or even just a quiet room are all good ideas. Use it for work, and then leave it alone when you’ve finished your working day. It’s healthy to have some separation between the spaces you use for work and leisure, and will help you to unwind at the end of each day.
- Establish good routines. It’s easy to fall out of them when at home all the time, but they’re super helpful to your wellbeing. Routines help you to structure your day, keep your focus and improve your sense of achievement. Set regular times to wake up, eat, plan your day, start and finish work (and pencil in plenty of hand-washing too!).
- Eat healthily. While we sadly can’t do our daily fruit deliveries to everyone’s homes, it’s super important to continue eating healthy to maintain a healthy body and healthy mind…plus a healthy immune system! It’s also an amazing time to try new recipes, since you’re never far from your kitchen. Supermarket all sold out of healthy food? There’s some great resources available for getting creative with limited options here and here, as well as some really useful advice on how to make your leftovers go further here.
- Keep active. And keep doing your Workout Wednesdays! It’s really important to stay active in your free time, even when confined to our homes. There’s so many home workouts available online, many of which require no equipment at all and can be done on your living room floor or in your garden, so there’s no excuse! There’s nothing nicer than a sunrise yoga session to kick-start your day or a lunch-time HIIT workout to break up the afternoon. Get moving!
- Find ways to relax your mind in your free time. This could be meditation, mindfulness, listening to music, arts and crafts, or just reading a good book. It’s important to de-stress and find ways of relaxing both your mind and your body.
- Talk to your friends, family & colleagues. It’s important to keep in touch with people and support each other right now, even if you can’t see them in person. Maintaining good relationships is vital for our mental wellbeing, even when isolated. Don’t just send a text – jump on a FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, HouseParty…the list goes on.
- Start a project. With zero time spent commuting and no going out, there’s never been a better opportunity to start that project you’ve been putting off. It could be learning a language, doing an online course, improving your flexibility, a puzzle, a painting…the possibilities are endless!
- Find times to disconnect. While it’s important to keep updated with what’s going on, constantly reading the news or checking social media can also be a source of worry and anxiety. Dedicate some time to switching off each day.
- Get some fresh air. Government advice is that it’s okay to leave your home once a day for walks and other exercise, providing you keep 2 metres apart from other people. Even if you’re just strolling round the garden, relaxing on a balcony or sitting at an open window for a few minutes, it’s important to take a breather and get your vitamin D!
- Reflect. Start and end your day by taking some time to be mindful and reflecting – take notice of all the things that happened and what you learned and achieved.