Working from home has its perks – who doesn’t like a sleep in, after all? However, it comes with its challenges too – such as being able to separate work life from home life.
Here are some tips that have helped us to maintain a healthy equilibrium between our home and work lives, and switch between the two.
Recreate a morning commute
Commutes are one of the less-missed aspects of office work. However, travelling to and from your job in the morning does provide the ability to neatly break up your day with movement.
You can still achieve this physical break when #WFH. Grabbing a cup of tea in your KeepCup and taking a walk around the block is an excellent way to wake up and get a hit of vitamin D.
If you weren’t already aware, studies indicate every cell of our body thrives with reasonable exposure to the sun. Dr John Campbell runs through some of the studies in his YouTube video ‘Vitamin D Dose’.
Separate your spaces
Our home offices are often shared with designated recreation spaces. This is especially the case if your setup is improvised, or you have limited space to work from at home, ending up in the kitchen or bedroom.
Packing away your computer at the end of the day, or putting some fabric over your workstation can be a quick and easy way to transform the space when you log off.
Moving around the house with your laptop can be another way to shift the lines between work and home spaces. This will also encourage you to get up and stretch.
Stretch your legs at your “watercooler”
It’s so easy to develop a tired body if you’re sitting in the same position all day. We shouldn’t need a watercooler to move while #WFH. Using the Pomodoro method, which has been shown to increase productivity, could help. This method prompts you to take a designated break set intervals, such as 25 minutes. Get up and stretch; try some of these 10 great stretches we all need in our lives.
A post-work 10-minute flow can also be a great way to switch your mind and body from the office to home. Putting on a nice soundtrack can help to transform your home into a wellness sanctuary at the end of the day.
Embed post-work rituals and rewards
Separating work from home isn’t just about the physical. Creating mental separation is just as important. Planning certain activities after work or rewarding yourself after a long day can give you the mental feedback that you’re finished with work for the day. This is a crucial part of switching off.
Putting on an episode of the Virgin Active Minds podcast when 5pm rolls around has helped us to switch into relaxation mode. And we couldn’t be prouder to share that our very own Mark Seeto, Global Head of our Yoga and Pilates programs, is the host of the podcast.
We hope to see you back at Virgin Active soon!
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