For many of us, terms like self-isolating, shelter in place, and quarantine weren’t apart of our vocabulary a few months ago, let alone our daily lives. If you’re one of the many people who have transitioned to working from home, your routine probably looks much different these days. It’s imperative that we support one another as we adapt to this temporary reality. We hope you and your family are staying safe and well as we ride this wave out, alone but together.
NW Indiana ER & Hospital is sharing five tips to keep your mind and body healthy while at home!
Tips for Working from Home
1. Dress for success
Although the thought of rolling out of bed and going about your business may seem tempting, fight the urge to stay in your sweats all day. If you’re too cozy, it could start to reflect in your attitude and result in a lackadaisical at-home work ethic. Showering, putting on clothes, brushing your hair, and even applying a little bit of makeup (if you usually wear it) can help give you a confidence boost, lift your mood, and improve alertness.
2. Get your space in order
If you’re working from home now, you may find productivity to be a bit more challenging these days. If you can, try to designate a specific part of your home to your workspace, preferable one that can be blocked off by a door. Take the time to declutter, organize, clean, and set up a space that breeds productivity, away from the TV or other distractions.
Segregating your workstation will not only help you stay focused, but it also helps you to unplug after business hours. This makes your work time and personal time a little more distinct, as much as it can be while staying home every day.
3. Eat well
It’s easy to fall into the traps of frozen pizza and junk food right now. But what you put into your body can be one of your best defenses to fight off illnesses and fatigue. Not only does eating a fresh diet help you maintain a healthy weight and feel better overall, but it also supports healthy brain functioning and mental health. Not to mention, cooking is a natural stress reliever and can help you decompress after a day of work.
Here are ten powerful immune system boosting foods to incorporate into your diet:
- Red bell peppers
- Green Tea
- Shellfish (lobster, clams, mussels, crab, etc.)
- Citrus fruits (grapefruit, lemons, oranges, tangerines, limes, etc.)
4. Talk it out
This season filled with uncertainty can be very isolating for some people. Keep in touch with co-workers you’d usually chat with at the office, and reach out to your loved ones by calling, video chatting, or texting them. Communicating with others will help you maintain a positive outlook, and a simple message can go a long way with someone who’s been cooped up alone.
If your mental health is deteriorating during this time and you don’t feel comfortable talking to a loved one, you can call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. You don’t have to go through this alone; there is help available!
5. Show grace
Lastly, and arguably the most important tip, is to be kind to yourself and others. This is our first experience with a global pandemic, so give yourself grace and try to practice patience in this situation. Seek out upbeat news stories and search for the good in humanity and silver lining in your days. We’re all in this together!
Disclaimer: As a service to our readers, NW Indiana ER & Hospital and Nutex Health state no content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.