During COVID-19, almost every office has transitioned to working from home. As I connect with our Office Yoga clients through our Live Stream classes, many of them express having trouble working from home. Many report feeling disconnected from their teams and struggling to balance the boundaries between work and personal life. If you’re feeling this too, consider these 4 “health hacks” for working remotely. I shared these with our clients for working remotely during this global crisis.
4 health hack for working remotely
1. Clear your space.
Clear your space and commit to working from a specific area in your house- guest room, dining room table, home office, sunroom- work from there only. Clear your space so you can work efficiently. Research shows that if you work from your bed, it will be hard for you to also sleep in your bed later because your mind associates it with work- or it’ll be hard for you to work because your mind associates it with sleep. Not to mention the lousy posture from schlumping around on the bed will have negative effects on your circulation and musculature.
2. Sit upright.
Sit upright and sit tall so you can think more clearly. How you sit has an impact on the quality of work you do—at home or in the office. Choose to sit on flat and supportive surfaces, as opposed to cushiony seats. As your body goes, your mind goes—keep it disciplined and sharp!
3. Take regular breaks.
This will come naturally if you’re sitting up tall and in a committed space. Set an alarm for every 30 or 40 min, and take a 5-minute break. Stretch, lift weights, even move to a different seat and do a few minutes of dedicated breathing. Tune in to one of our Live Stream sessions. Regular breaks help keep your mind clear and efficient.
4. Wash your hands often.
It’s crazy how much we touch our faces. This is a consciousness practice in action. Create this regular practice so it becomes a habit.
For easy fixes and tips to help you optimize your workstation, check out The Ultimate Workstation led by Office Yoga and Renew Physical Therapy. To join us live, Office Yoga offers virtual meditation, desk yoga, and office yoga flow classes to large corporations, B Corps, and individuals. You’re welcome to join us; we would love to have you!