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Are you maintaining a healthy lifestyle when you work from home? Working from home can be a dream come true for many. No more rushing to catch trains, no more wasting time in meetings or admin. Just you and your desk, getting on with the job at hand.

But working from home does also have its downsides, like feeling cooped up or getting distracted by those household chores that suddenly seem so urgent. You may also work longer hours and all the days, simply because your office is in such a convenient location with no real commute to make. And before you know it, your productivity is going through the floor, you’re unmotivated and your stress levels are growing!

So if you’re looking to maintain a healthy work-from-home lifestyle, here are some tips that will help.

Keep to a routine if you want a healthy lifestyle

A routine is important for several reasons. It helps you structure your days and focus on what’s most important, so it makes sense that working from home can make this harder. However, a good routine will help you stay on track with your health goals no matter where you work from.

So set up a productive daily routine that works for you. Try experimenting with different times or even different days of the week until you find something that works well for your body and your mind. Set up your workspace and have everything you need to hand, so nothing can stand between you and your daily routine. Set yourself goals to keep on track, but factor wiggle and breathing time into your daily routine. And get it all blocked off as time in your diary – it’s an essential part of good diary management.

Take regular breaks

It’s important to take regular breaks throughout the day. Breaks are a great way to get up and stretch your legs, refresh yourself and think about something else for a little while.

How long? The time you should take depends on the work you do and how challenging it is mentally. Naps or brief breaks can help with mental fatigue, especially if you find that at the end of the day it’s hard for your brain to switch off from whatever project you were working on earlier in the day.

And get outside during your break, if possible. Go for a walk to clear your head and think. You could also use the time to read a magazine or book, or simply sit down and have a drink and chat with someone to get some in-person interaction going.

Sit comfortably

Sitting in a chair for long periods of time can be uncomfortable and cause back pain. To avoid this problem, it’s important to choose a chair that has good lumbar support. You can also use a footrest or cushion to make yourself more comfortable as you work.

You should also adjust the height of your chair so it is at an appropriate level for your height and leg length. If possible, try sitting with both feet flat on the floor while keeping knees at an angle of less than 90 degrees (slightly bent). You should be able to keep good posture without slouching forward or leaning back too far backwards in order to prevent any strain on your neck muscles or shoulders from being pulled while typing up documents.

It’s also worth looking into sit-stand desks too, as sitting for long periods isn’t great for your circulatory system or your motivation. They’re a great way to change your posture whilst you’re working without having two desks in your office.

A healthy lifestyle includes looking after your eyes!

While working from home, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut of staring at your computer screen all day. This is true if you have a lot of work to do and need to focus on that task. However, this can cause eyestrain and even lead to headaches or blurred vision. So look to adjust the height of your monitor so it’s at eye level and invest in an anti-glare filter for your monitor, to help protect your eyes.

It’s also important to get your eyes checked regularly. The recommended timescale is every two years, but if you find yourself suffering from headaches, tired eyes, eye strain or blurred vision, get your eyes checked sooner.

You can also adjust the settings on your PC or laptop, to help protect your eyesight. This includes screen brightness and font size – ideal if you’re staring at Excel documents for long periods of time!

Working from home can be good for you, as long as you set your working environment up to help you look after yourself. Remember, your health is important and you don’t want to compromise it just because you work from home. The key is finding a balance between being productive and looking after yourself that works for you.