Working at home has a lot of perks. The best part is that you are your own boss. You can work anytime you want (as long as you meet deadlines), you can go to work in your pajamas, and you can take your work anywhere you go. Not to mention, you don't have to spend much on office clothes and transportation going to the workplace. It's no wonder many people are jumping into the home-based career bandwagon to enjoy these benefits.
But just like with anything else in this world, this doesn't come without major drawbacks. Working at home in front of the computer everyday is obviously not healthy. To ensure that you stay in tiptop health, be sure to follow these important tips.
Like regular office employees, home-based employees also end up neglecting the need for exercise. But having a more flexible schedule should be enough reason to commit to a regular exercise of at least 30 minutes each day. Schedule your work in such a way that you will have time to squeeze in exercise everyday.
Whether it's brisk walking around the neighborhood, swimming in the local pool, or enrolling in a yoga class, it is imperative that you take a break from the computer to move around. If you're not too keen about the idea of going out to exercise, doing household chores or home activities like gardening can be viable alternatives.
One health benefit of working from home is that you don't have to subject yourself to fast foods that serve greasy items that would go down straight to your arteries. You can prepare your own food and ensure that they are not only well balanced but also nutritious, high in fiber and low in fat, sugar and sodium. It's also great that you can eat whenever you want since you are not restricted to a lunch break hour. Because of that, you can break your mealtimes into several ones per day so that digestion and proper weight management would be easier.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle pains and back aches are common among computer workers and home-based employees. It is a must to set up your workspace in such a way that you won't have to stoop down or look up when working. Position your monitor at an eye level while your keyboard should be placed comfortably where your hands rest. This won't only improve productivity but will also keep you in good shape.
Using the computer for long hours each day can strain your eyes. If you're going to work from home, work in an area in your house that is well-lit. The computer screen should not be placed in areas that would produce glare. Take regular breaks into between work to rest your eyes.
Stress is always there whether you work in the office or from home. Reduce the amount of work-related stress by organizing your schedule well. Cramming is never good for your mental health. It's also crucial to establish rules in the house during your working hours. Some family members may find it hard to realize that home-based work is real work. They think they can disturb you anytime of the day to ask you to do errands and so on. Make it clear that they have to respect your work space so that you don't fall behind your work and that you can reduce overall stress.