COVID-19 ~7 Expert-Recommended Tips for Staying Healthy While Working From Home ~
7 Expert-Recommended Tips for Staying Healthy While Working From Home
With COVID-19 restrictions still in place and the number of cases still rising, non-essential workers across the country are working more hours from home. Getting used to remote work can be a challenge for many folks, and staying protected against coronavirus can also feel like a burden. That’s why we came up with some top tips anyone can use to stay safe and healthy while working from home.
Keep Up With Current CDC Guidelines Regarding COVID-19
Experts are still learning about COVID-19, and that means that their recommendations for protecting yourself and your community can change quickly. Instead of relying on third-party news sources or social media for those guidelines, however, take a few minutes each day to review official information sources, including the CDC’s website.
Research Delivery Services Instead of Shopping In-Store
Stocking your home with fresh foods and healthy groceries can keep you healthy when you are working from home, but you can risk infection when shopping at the grocery store. Not to mention that many stores are operating at reduced capacity, which means you could be wasting time waiting in lines for your household essentials. If you want to avoid the risk and the hassle of shopping in-store, consider having meal kits delivered to your home. These kits come with all you need to prepare healthy, delicious meals. Before choosing a food delivery service to consider cost, ease of ordering, and reviews.
Take Precautions if Family Members Are Particularly Vulnerable
If you do prefer to shop with local retailers, it may help to understand whether you or anyone in your family is considered more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. Pre-existing conditions, including heart disease, asthma, and diabetes can all make you more susceptible to COVID-19 and resulting complications, so if you or anyone in your household is living with one of these conditions, you’ll want to be even more cautious.
Practice Social Distancing When Venturing Out in Public
In-between assignments and household responsibilities, you may indeed want to get outside for a little fresh air or to pick up essentials when delivery is not a good option. In these cases, it’s extremely important that you know how to distance yourself from other people who may be out and about as well. Experts recommend keeping at least six feet of separation between yourself and others, when possible, and wearing cloth face coverings when you are any closer.
Find Rhythms and Routines to Increase Productivity
The tips above are crucial for staying healthy when you are working remotely, but you also need some ways to mitigate stress when you are working from home. Try starting your mornings off with some physical activity and then creating work routines that will keep some structure in your days. This can be helpful for both adults and children, so also structure your days around your kids’ online classes and other activities that will keep them busy while you stay focused.
Find Time for Stress Relief and Self-Care
When you still have deadlines and assignments, staying productive is important, but you should also leave some free time to focus on some essential self-care. Getting exercise and eating healthy meals are the most basic self-care steps you can take right now, but it may also be helpful to fit mindful meditation or other relaxing activities into your work-from-home routines because self-care is even more important in times of crisis and added stress.
Learn Proper Hand Washing
Finally, you should know that washing your hands is the most effective method for protecting yourself from COVID-19 and any other potentially harmful viruses, germs, or bacteria. While it may sound silly, many folks are still not washing their hands properly, so do spend some time reviewing tips and tricks to ensure proper hand washing. In addition to hand washing, you should also wipe down work surfaces with disinfectants.
Whether you’re working from home or getting outside, protecting your health and that of your family and community, is what’s most important. So if you’re not sure how to do so, be sure to review the tips above and keep them handy.