In the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, companies asking their staff to work from home. Call me an optimist but I think this is the perfect opportunity to look after yourself! Here are a few tips...
You save a lot of time on commuting - instead of having a lie in, why don't you use the time in the morning for some exercise (you can find a list of bodyweight exercises here - no equipment required!), or get some fresh air and go for a run?
If your morning office routine involved a trip to the local coffee shop, get a cheap one-portion cafetière, use ground coffee (the big coffee shops sell their own brand at supermarkets!) and make your own latte. Saves a lot of money, too!
Don't skip breakfast - you are probably a bit more flexible with timings, so if you are not hungry at 7:30, eat your breakfast at 9:30. Slow releasing carbohydrates are good. Add some protein and good fats to keep your brain happy and productive - Oats, fresh or stewed fruit, a handful of nuts and seeds and you're good to go! If you prefer a savoury breakfast, have some scrambled eggs with a handful of spinach and fresh tomatoes. Add some ham if you like.
Sip, sip, sip - a hydration routine will keep you focused. There's nothing wrong with a few cups of tea or coffee during the day but water is still the best option. A water bottle on your desk will help reminding you to drink.
Have a proper lunch break - I always try to get my clients away from their desk at lunch time. Preparing a small meal and eating it away from your desk will help you focusing in the afternoon. Get out for 10 minutes of fresh air and walk around the block.
You can find recipes for quick and easy meals here in this blog under the WFH (working from home) section.
Afternoon snack - for most of us the gap between breakfast and lunch is smaller than the gap between lunch and dinner, a little afternoon snack could come in handy. And because you are not around meeting rooms with leftover biscuits, you can actually have your own little snack. If you have 5 minutes, make your own no-bake energy balls (recipe here). Short on time? Have a small tub of yoghurt, a piece of fresh fruit, a handful of nuts or almonds.
The time you don't spend on your commute home, you could use for a few stretches. Your chair at home may not be as perfect as your office chair and your shoulders, back and hip flexors will benefit from some stretches. Ideas for quick stretches are here.
Making dinner at home means saving time for lunch tomorrow - simply prepare an additional portion of your vegetables - roasted carrots, broccoli, peppers etc and add them to some fresh lettuce tomorrow.
Working from home may feel alien in the beginning. But once you got a routine in place, it can actually be the best time to make yourself a priority!
Stay safe and healthy