30 Simple Self-Care Tips to Try if You Work From Home

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Nowadays, working from home is becoming a necessity. However, while working from home is a great option for some, most people find it challenging, especially those who are accustomed to rushing off to the office every morning.

Many people are now attempting to find a healthy balance after experiencing severe burnout, mental breakdowns, destroyed relationships, and loneliness during the process. If you’re in this category, this article is for you!

Here are 30 simple self-care tips to help you enjoy working from your comfy home. 

Try These Simple Self-Care Tips if You Work From Home

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Working from home has its many benefits especially if you can handle your work and personal life together. That’s why self-care should be a priority if you work from home.

Here are 30 simple self-care tips to help you while at it:

  1. Have a morning self-care time

During the morning hours, when you’re free from your usual morning commute, have a self-care time. You can take a short walk, do your skincare routine, meditate, or read a book. It sets your tone for the day and builds emotional resilience for whatever the day might throw at you.

  1. Create a dedicated workspace

Having a designated workspace in your home helps you separate your home life from your work life.  This space sets you in the mood for work, reduces distraction, and boosts your work productivity.

  1. Use proper lighting 

A sensible and appropriate amount of light helps you stay more focused and alert. It also manages your eye and mental health while improving active participation in the activity at hand.

  1. Get dressed for work!

Although you’re working from home, don’t forget you’re still at work. You’ll be more productive and in a better frame of mind in your office attire than in your comfy pajamas. 

  1. Avoid multitasking 

According to studies, multitasking reduces brain effectiveness and, as a result, productivity. Avoid multitasking. Try focusing on one task, then gradually move on to the next.

  1. Cut down on your screen time

A time away from your screen is a joy for your eyes, body in general, and mental health. Take a walk in the garden or park, observing nature’s beauty. These would quickly help you regain all lost mental energy and alleviate creative blocks.

  1. Have healthy snacks nearby 

While working from home, healthy snacking can never be a bad idea. Grazing on healthy fat, carbohydrate, and protein balance throughout the day will improve your mental acuity, prevent you from crashing while working, and keep your energy levels high.

  1. Drink plenty of water 
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Drinking lots of water keeps you active and refreshed. It is a quick and easy way to increase your water intake and get some midday exercise.

  1. Try music therapy 

According to research, listening to one’s favorite music can help people feel less stressed and work more productively. Music relieves sadness, loneliness, and burnout by infusing your body with the three chemicals that regulate your mood: dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin. These chemicals create feelings of happiness and joy. However, not everyone is a music lover. If you love your quietness, that’s okay too.

  1. Take a break from your workspace for sometime 

Prolonged sitting, such as those experienced by office workers, poses severe health problems. However, you can avoid them by limiting your sitting hours.  

A little walk from your desk would help ease minor back pain and increase your productivity level. Short air breaks in-between work periods would help sharpen your focus, boost your energy level, help clear your mind, and prepare you for the next task.

  1. Meditate Daily  

People regularly use meditation techniques to improve their emotional well-being and to keep themselves calm, collected, and self-assured. If you want to improve generally, you should try practicing meditation. It relieves you of your stressors and offers you time to contemplate and obtain new insights and opportunities.

  1. Limit overwork

You risk damaging your health if you work for longer hours than you should. Limit working for long hours and compensate yourself for the work done already. 

  1. Follow your schedule

When working from home, it is easy for things to get mixed up. Having a schedule will help you take the time you need to care for yourself. Plan your day to include work hours, breaks, and mealtimes.

  1. Take breaks

A 5-10 minute break every hour can help your brain rest and rejuvenate, resulting in increased focus. Within that time, you could listen to music, make a phone call, eat a healthy snack, or exercise. 

  1. Go outside every day

It may seem simple, but when working from home, it is easy to spend extended periods indoors. At least once a day, give your devices a break and get some fresh air.

  1. Ask for help

Nobody achieves great things by himself, so it is okay to ask for help. Ask a friend, family member, or coworker for support if you need assistance balancing your obligations.

  1. Consult a therapist when necessary
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Find a qualified therapist for assistance if you are experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties.

  1. Your “work” life is different from your “personal” life. Keep them apart!

When you work from home or across different time zones, keeping up with your work and personal life can be difficult. However, while you may have a mountain of work on your desk, don’t forget about your personal life.

Tracking your work and work-free hours can help you manage your work and personal lives. You can effectively use your calendar or scheduling app to keep track of your work and personal “to-do” lists, such as spa appointments, grocery shopping, and social gatherings. Doing this will help you plan more effectively and not miss out on any events.

  1. Live like a human 

Take time to communicate with your loved ones and keep your relationships alive and healthy. 

Connect with new people. Ask them to lunch or for a coffee, and create great relationships.

  1. Have a social detox

Social media sure has its benefits, but too much usage brings distraction and an inability to stay focused for a long time. Consider doing a detox to get your brain back on track and break the loop of dopamine misuse that causes social media reliance.

  1. Start exercising regularly

Overwhelming stress, caused by repeated exposure to stressful situations or circumstances, like excessive work, leads to burnout. Regular exercise is an excellent way to maintain balance in your professional and personal lives and avoid burnout and mental stress.

Your physical and emotional health will benefit from joining a gym and exercising out. The benefits of cardio and aerobic activities and regular exercise routines include a strengthened memory, increased respiratory fitness, and reduced anxiety and depression. 

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  1. Get a massage

Massages help you release any physical tension you may be carrying, and also reduce stress and increase relaxation. 

  1. Meal prep

You’ll spend less money and experience less stress during the week if you prepare wholesome meals in advance. Additionally, it will prevent you from grabbing anything quick and easy that will cause your energy to surge and fall.

  1. Reduce your caffeine intake

Go gentle on your caffeine intake. Reduce your daily coffee intake cup by cup if you drink more than one cup. Try eventually moving to low-caffeine green tea or black tea, which have several health benefits.

  1. Take up hobbies

It’s more a question of having the energy between long days of work and daily life, but hobbies truly can improve your mood significantly.

  1. Eat out!

Treat yourself to a great dinner out or have someone take you out. Take all the time you want. Enjoy yourself.  You deserve it. Self-care isn’t selfish.

  1. Take a hot bath

Spend 15 minutes soaking in a hot bath once or twice a week. You can use a few drops of essential oil to relieve stress and treat generalized body aches and pains.

  1. Take vacations

Vacations are vital for maintaining mental wellness. Holidays don’t have to be expensive or extravagant; even a weekend camping can be therapeutic. You deserve a “workcation” after all of your hard work.

  1. Practice gratitude

At the end of each workday, express gratitude for at least three things. You’ll be able to keep a positive attitude and focus on the positive aspects of your life if you do this.

  1. You deserve a hug!

Physical affection reduces our stress levels and makes us feel more connected. Hug yourself every day, or let someone else hug you!

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Adesua Okoeguale
Adesua Okoeguale
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