5 Habits that Relieve Stress while Working from Home
We are in a unique position of working exclusively from home. For many of us, the novelty of saving time from daily commutes was there at the start. However, other things started creeping up: the lack of boundaries when working at home, stress brought out by static routines, and collective anxiety in this pandemic.
As much as we need to balance these symptoms as we navigate this new normal the world is in, we also need to take a holistic approach. Add these 5 habits to your lifestyle to make sure you are physically and mentally in check even during hard times. Remember, even the smallest changes can lead to big improvements!
We don’t need to know that sitting for long periods of time is bad for us; our bodies will let us know. Stretching during breaks will help prevent back pain before it even starts. Reaching up to the sky is a standard stretch, but keeping a yoga mat nearby to sneak in a little child’s pose (and then some) will do wonders!
2. The Pomodoro Technique
This popular time management technique allows better focus with deliberate breaks in increments. You start off with your first task or “pomodoro” and you work on it for 25 minutes. When the timer goes off, take a strict 5-minute break where you are not allowed to even think of work! Then repeat the cycle until you finish the task, which rewards you a longer 15 to 20-minute break. This maximizes your focus as giving your mind power breaks will keep it functioning.
3. 20-20-20 Rule
This is the golden rule to prevent eye strain. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away, and stare at it for 20 seconds. While this doubles as a mental break from work, you’re also giving your eyes some rest from staring at a sreen the whole day.
To the busy body, journaling might seem like another time-consuming task to add to the day, but it is said to be very effective in stress reduction and mindfulness. This quarantine might be a good time to try it out, especially because of repetitiveness, our sense of time tend to blur and blend with each other. No harm in jotting down your thoughts, your wins, and your challenges.
For workers constantly on their computers, we are mentally alert but physically stagnant. And our legs suffer! That being said, it’s good to shake it up a bit. For every 20 minutes you spend sitting down, try to use a standing desk (or put your screen on a high surface) and stand for 8 minutes. After that, shake it off by walking around for 2 minutes. Then repeat the cycle.
Don’t forget to take breaks and log off from work after hours! And remember, you’re only as competent as your body will allow you to be. Even the best warriors need rest. Check out how to improve your surroundings with The Perfect Ergonomic Workspace.