Some people enjoy working from home while others do not. With the current situation across the globe, most people are left with no option. Personally, I think working from home and working in the office both have advantages and disadvantages.
Today, I’ll be highlighting 4 things I consider very important if you have to work from home for very long periods.
Ergonomics: If your kind of work involves long hours of sitting. It is important to invest in an office set up within your home if you do not already have one. A comfortable chair and table that ensures adequate spacing and proper sitting position should do. Most of the time, our office spaces and furniture at work are designed to meet our ergonomic needs. You want to ensure the same if working from home to avoid the risk of developing health issues related to bad postures like back pain, joint pains, poor digestion, increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, etc.
Exercise: One advantage of working in the office is that we consciously or unconsciously take occasional walks when we go to pick up files, when we go for lunch, when we go for onsite meetings or when we take walk breaks around the office. When working from home, you have to be deliberate about taking breaks and exercising. You could have a personal schedule drawn up where you get up every 30 minutes to 1 hour. Your joints need the movement, don’t hurt yourself.
Sunlight: Often overlooked, natural sunlight triggers the production of vitamin D when it hits the skin. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin is said to help reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, help muscle development, and improve brain function. If you will be working long hours from home for a stretch of days, make conscious effort to expose your body to sunlight.
Human/Social Interaction: No matter how much of an introvert you are, everyone of us need some level of social/human interaction. So while you stay locked behind closed doors for days, always find time to connect with people, it’s medicine to your physical and mental health. Healthy interaction with people have been said to help reduce stress that could lead to depression.
Thanks for reading.
What are the benefits of sunlight? – Healthline.com
The-importance-of-social-interaction-to-human-health – Hebiofeedback.co.uk