Getting up later, wearing comfortable clothes and working according to their own daily rhythm – many people who drag themselves to the office every day dream of the home office. At first, the new independence can be really inspiring: Every morning is “relaxed” and in between you can quickly take care of one or two trips to the authorities, while others have to queue up in long lines after work. Over time, however, bad habits creep in that can damage your mind and your health. Not everyone is good at creating a good work-life balance for themselves. That’s why I’ve summarized a few tips here.
Drink, drink, drink
And I don’t necessarily mean coffee or black tea. If you’re glued to your PC for hours on end and take in lots of liquid caffeine, eventually you won’t even notice how little water you’re actually drinking. Most headaches also occur because we are completely dehydrated. As soon as the thirst announces itself it is often already too late, because our body signals us that it already suffers. A water requirement calculator is the best way to find out what your daily requirement is. It’s best to fill the amount in one or more bottles in the morning and then “drink away” throughout the day.
Organize buddy nights
In the office, you are constantly surrounded by colleagues with whom you can chat even during your lunch break. If you’re not in a video conference or on the phone in your home office, it can get pretty lonely. That’s why you should consciously plan evenings with friends. Instead of spending the evening playing video games together or watching the latest blockbuster, you can organize a real casino night and find out who has the best poker face. For background music, you can even find the right playlist online with songs that thematically fit the mood well. By the way, the best conversations also develop during friendly games.
Anti-blue light glasses
Most of those who work from home do so in front of a PC. Studies even show that of 40 million employed people in Germany, a good half sit in front of a computer screen. In addition, TV, smartphone and tablet are also used as the number one source of entertainment during leisure time. Since there are no structured breaks when working from home like there are in the office, you can sometimes work for hours on end without really noticing. This not only damages our backs, but also our eyes. If you suffer from frequent headaches and perhaps already have poor eyesight, you should buy glasses with blue light filters and look into the distance more often.
Fill up on vitamin D
Even if it’s hard: regular walks, even in the rain, are worth their weight in gold for people who work where they live. This way, the ceiling doesn’t fall on your head and you can fill up on important vitamin D at the same time. Even when the sky is overcast, this is formed through our skin and strengthens not only bones and muscles, but also our immune system and mind. Meanwhile, there are already good daylight lamps that you can put on your desk during the dark season. Of course, this does not completely replace the sun and exercise in the fresh air.
In order to take a break at lunchtime and really leave work behind, you can simply grab the wooden spoon yourself. You should not always make the same sandwich. It does the mind and the health really well if we reach to plentifully vegetables and fruit. Once you’ve had a bit of practice chopping vegetables, quickly sautéing them in a wok is child’s play. By the way, the time spent at the stove also helps us to switch off and gives us the opportunity to relieve our eyes and back. Best of all, if you cook a few more servings right away, you’ll have dinner prepared as well.
Insert back exercises
Sitting in an office chair all day long is pure poison for our backs. Therefore, it is advisable to get up in between and often insert small training units. There are endless videos online that are only a few minutes long and can relieve back pain and relax the body with yoga or stretching exercises. Best of all, while many who work in an open-plan office don’t really dare to do “jumping jacks” in front of their colleagues, you’re completely undisturbed in your home office. So get out of your chair and stretch properly!
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