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Remote work comes with plenty of benefits. It provides freedom, flexibility, and convenience, to name a few. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a fair share of challenges that remote workers face each day. If you’re new to it, remote work can be quite lonely. It can also present a variety of obstacles not found in the traditional work setting. Fortunately, you can amplify the benefits and minimize the drawbacks by incorporating these simple wellness tips.
Make exercise fun.
Many people struggle to maintain a fitness routine because they haven’t found an activity that they enjoy. If you hate exercise then you’re probably not going to keep it up for the long haul. The good news is that there are countless physical activities you can incorporate into your daily routine without consuming a lot of your time.
Think of a few activities that might be fun, and try out different ones until you find one or more that you don’t dread. Maybe it’s running, swimming, or cycling. Perhaps there’s a recreational sport that you loved to play when you were growing up. Or, maybe there’s a group fitness program locally that would provide you with the added benefit of socialization. As long as it helps you break a sweat, exercising a little each day will go a long way in promoting your well-being.
If you need a little extra motivation, consider investing in a smartwatch. Along with tracking your fitness, a smartwatch can help you stay safe and healthy during your workouts through a variety of features. And you can trade out accessories, such as watch bands and screen protectors, to tailor your watch exactly as you want.
Find nutritious, delicious foods.
Diet is also a big deal. If you’re like most workers, you often feel too busy to eat healthily. Or, maybe you simply have a thing for empty carbs and sweets. Whatever the case, with a little online research and experimentation, you can find meals and snacks that are both nutritious and tasty. And by setting aside a couple of hours each week, you can prepare a variety of foods to grab on the go during your busy workday.
Carve out time for yourself.
You may be working from home, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to make time for yourself. Nonetheless, self-care is critical. Make sure you are prioritizing your health and wellness by scheduling “you” time where you engage in fun and relaxing activities unrelated to your work.
Many people find it beneficial to start a hobby. You may also consider making time for reading a book, writing in a journal, gardening, or any number of activities. And you don’t always have to do your self-care time solo. Connect with friends over coffee. Plan a weekend getaway with your family. Think of any ways that you can foster the most important relationships in your life.
Handle the practical matters.
Finally, structure your workday in a way that promotes your health and wellness goals while also making you more productive. Create a schedule that enables you to work at peak productivity, and set boundaries with household members so that you can maintain that schedule. And invest in any software tools necessary to fulfill your daily tasks, as well as ergonomic equipment.
While there are many perks to working remotely, you can’t ignore the challenges. And it’s critical to take steps each day to foster your health and well-being. Along with following the suggestions above, keep researching other wellness strategies that will boost your productivity in the process. Then, you’ll be crushing limitations and setting yourself up for a more fulfilling life!
By guest blogger: Lucy Reed, owner/blogger/developer, https://gigmine.co/
Lucy considers herself an entrepreneur since she was a kid, from the lemonade stand she opened in her parent’s driveway at age 10 to the dog walking business she started while in college. She created the site Gig Mine to help like-minded business people take advantage of the growing sharing economy.