The Wuhan CoronaVirus or COVID-19 as it is now known has literally and figuratively brought the world to its knees. With more than 14,000 victims dead worldwide, there appears to be no end in sight to this global pandemic.
Economies all over the world have been brought to a standstill with entire countries going into a state of quarantine. Consequently, most non-essential employees have been required to work from home for extended periods of time in order to mitigate the risk of infection.
While the prospect of not having to commute to the workplace came as welcome news to many, lengthy periods of isolation and boredom coupled with fears related to job security can be detrimental to one’s health.
So, with that in mind, we asked employees over the world how they managed to stay sane while working from home for extended periods of time and this is what we learned.
1. Get some sunlight
After a long day in front of your laptop, chances are you won’t feel like doing anything else. In fact, you’d rather crash on the sofa or your bed with some Netflix to unwind.
While all of this is extremely tempting, resist the urge to laze around and instead head outside for some sunlight. The change of pace and scenery will do wonders for your mind and help you decompress.
Given the current global health emergency, always remember to maintain social distancing and avoid crowded areas. If your city has a movement control order (MCO) in place, you can always chill in your backyard or balcony (if you live in an apartment).
2. Keep good posture
Just because you’re working from home, it doesn’t mean that you can forget all about keeping good posture. Ignoring the basics of ergonomics are sure to result in you suffering from aching back and stiff shoulders.
When working for 30 minutes or more, don’t forget to get up and take a quick walk around your residence. This allows your muscles to untense and encourage circulation to the rest of your body.
Given the uncertain nature of this global pandemic, you should seriously consider investing in an ergonomic chair for your home office.
3. Exercise regularly
Extended periods of isolation and increased loneliness can be seriously detrimental to your health. Especially considering that you cannot watch football or basketball on TV, as the top NFL and NBA betting games have been postponed. This is why it’s especially important for you to get enough exercise now that you’re cooped up at home.
Given the close proximity of members and shared equipment, gyms are a hotbed for the spread of COVID-19. For obvious health reasons, many gyms have shut their doors and even if your local gym is open, you should avoid heading there.
Worry not as you can always keep fit at home even when space is a premium. Thanks to the internet, there are dozens of home workout guides available with just a quick Google search.
Given that you’ll likely have a lot freer time during this lockdown, you can use this period to seriously get into shape. Alongside this, getting regular exercise is essential to keeping your immune system strong which is vital to fighting the CoronaVirus.
4. Get dressed for work
While this may sound counter-productive for those working at home, getting dressed and ready for work puts you in a “working” state of mind that makes you much more productive. Having a sense of normalcy and keeping to a routine also gives you a sense of security and goes a long way towards helping you organize your day.
Besides that, you wouldn’t want to turn up for a conference call looking half-asleep and dressed in sweatpants, right?
5. Stay connected with co-workers and friends
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant lockdowns and curfews for just about everyone. Thus, making it impossible to catch up with friends, family or even colleagues.
Given that you can’t head to your favorite bar or restaurant for a night out with friends, why not harness the power of technology to bring everyone together?
Organize your own video conferences with friends or family and catch up with one another. While it may be awkward at first, the thrill of being able to reconnect with loved ones is well worth the effort.
We are living in uncertain times with an unprecedented global pandemic sweeping across nations and a huge recession on the horizon. However, by keeping yourself in good physical and mental shape, you’ll be able to take on any challenge.