Maintaining a work/life balance is essential for staying physically and mentally healthy. As more of us have moved to working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic, the lines between work and home have become blurred. With that comes new challenges and stresses.
Whether you are missing out on your face-to-face interactions with coworkers or learning how to deal with your spouse, children, and pets as colleagues, here are some ways to help reduce your stress and improve your productivity.
One of the most significant losses felt by workers suddenly working from home is a lack of a routine. While many things seem out of control right now, one of the things remote workers can control is their schedule. This means establishing a daily and weekly routine for yourself. From waking up and starting work at a consistent time to eating meals at regular intervals, this will help you regulate your body and mind.
Reduce Distractions & Setting Boundaries
To complement establishing a work schedule, it is also essential to create a designated work space. While not all of us have a set office, labeling a corner of your home as your “office” can help you create a boundary for yourself — when you are in that space, you are working, and when you leave it, you are off the clock.
It is also important to reiterate with your spouse and children that you are working when you are in your workspace. While you can’t eliminate every household distraction, establishing specific rules and boundaries can help you reclaim a semblance of a work/life balance.
Change Your Surroundings
Even with a designated workspace, we all deserve a change of scenery every once in a while. Sitting by an open window, bringing your laptop out onto your front porch, or taking a walk during your lunch break are great ways to change your surroundings while maintaining proper distance from others.
Exercise Is Still Important!
If you are missing the gym and Zumba classes, you are not alone. It’s easy to opt for the couch at the end of a hard day, but keeping physically engaged will help reduce your stress and keep you in shape until gyms reopen. Check to see if your gym is offering any online classes or begin a habit of taking a walk, bike, or run through your neighborhood.
Practice Mindfulness & Be Kind To Yourself
Everyone struggles in one way or another, so it’s essential to recognize you are not alone in your stress. Remind yourself that when you were working in an office, you weren’t productive 100% of the time, so the same cannot be expected in your new remote position. It’s okay if you feel stressed and isolated, but remember it will pass. Take some time each day to practice yoga, meditate, and remind yourself of the things going right, rather than just focusing on the challenges you face working from home.
Schedule A Visit To The Chiropractor
Your schedule and routine may not be the only thing out of alignment! Whether you have been spending more time sitting or have struggled creating a comfortable workstation, a visit to the chiropractor can help you relieve stress, tension, and aches associated with working from home. Your chiropractor can work with you to improve your habits and identify ways you can change your routine to improve your health and wellbeing.
Here at Active Chiropractic, we practice the Zone Technique, which targets specific areas of the body to restore functionality, reduce stress, and promote natural healing. This technique produces quick, individualized results for each patient by stimulating points in a particular zone to regain balance.