As we are all trying to get used to the new reality of working from home we need to ensure we keep mentally & physically healthy as well.
Here are a few tips on how to find a work-life balance in this situation.
1. Stick to normal working hours.
This is very important. The temptation to work at odd hours is there. But stick to normal working hours as much as possible. When the hours are over, switch off the laptop and walk away from your work station. Now it is time for other things.
2. Schedule fun times with your family
They are also in the same situation and need fun as well. So align your schedule with theirs and ensure you schedule time together every day. This should not be in front of the TV. Connect with them, play games, debate topics chosen by the family members, plan your next holiday, do a puzzle together etc.
3. Schedule time outside
You need fresh air for your health. So schedule fresh air time. Best is, if you can go out for a walk or some play time with the kids. However if your living situation does not allow it, then plan some fun time on the balcony. You could schedule a family yoga or stretch session, run on the spot or something like that. If you do not have a balcony either, then open the windows wide and do it in front of the windows.
Just remember to keep social distancing, when you are outside and your neighbors are there as well.
4. Get Vitamin D
The best way to do that is by being out in the sun. However if you slather yourself with suntan lotion or make-up remember that the sun will not be able to create vitamin D in you. If you can go for a walk, or play with the kids outside. If not, then at least sit directly in the sun for 20min minimum. If you do not have a balcony, then do it in front of an open window.
5. Schedule exercise
Exercise is essential. Check out some of the videos on YouTube for Yoga, body weight exercise and other indoor activities. Do an aerobics video as a family. If you can do your exercise outside. My guest room has been rearranged in such a way that my yoga mat has space and I can exercise there every morning.
Exercise not only keeps your body fit, but the endomorphins your body produces during exercise help keep cabin fever and depression at bay.
6. Schedule virtual coffee dates and meet-ups
On Saturday we had a virtual birthday party for a friend of ours in Switzerland. Some families I know have been having daily meet-ups. You could schedule sun-downers or pizza dates with friends. Have a virtual coffee break with a colleague. All these make you feel less isolated and give you the social interaction we need for our mental health.
Talk with your team on phone / conference call instead of just sending emails
We will get out of this! Let's keep focused & healthy