Working from home has tremendous health benefits. However, bad habits are easy to pick up and before you know it, you could be doing more harm than good to your physical and mental wellbeing.
Be aware of your posture
It’s no surprise that being hunched over a computer for eight hours a day can affect your physical health. This might seem like an obvious one, but bad posture is one of the main causes of back problems in adults.
There are a few easy activities to help correct your posture and relieve your back and shoulders of tension – carrying out some simple chest and back stretches and investing in a massage ball will help. A standing desk will also mix things up – just be sure to keep your computer at eye level, and your arms bent at 90 degrees to avoid aches and pains.
Take a walk
Those who sit or work at a desk are advised to walk for around two hours of their day to avoid health problems. Not to mention that continuous staring at your computer screen can cause eye strain, headaches and migraines. Take a short break every hour, wander to the kitchen or outside if you have the space; take advantage of the flexibility working from home provides.
At lunchtime, a stroll through the park will not only give your brain well-needed oxygen, but it can also improve your mental state. Studies have shown that being outside calms and elevates your mood. A change of scenery can also help you to stay engaged and alert.
If you don’t have time to go on a walk, having good ventilation throughout your home can do wonders. If opening the windows isn’t an option, an air purifier is a great addition. Alternatively, include a plant on or next to your desk. The Sanseviera will not only purify the air, but also make your home look fresh and clean.
Colour plays an important role when it comes to our health. Green has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and calm the mind and body. Reduce stress by filling your work space with greenery and if you want to go all out, why not think about redecorating?
Having a dedicated work space will not only reduce distractions but you’ll also associate that area of your home with work, thus enhancing productivity. Working in your living room or the kitchen will make it harder to relax in these living spaces during the evening.
However, not everyone has a spare room to turn into an office. Fortunately incorporating your work space into your bedroom is easier than it sounds. Even if you don’t have a lot of room to play around with, clever storage will allow you to get the most out of any space.
But knowing where to start can be tricky. That’s why Hartleys offer creative and design advice, tailored to your requirements. Get in touch and request a design visit, or come and have a look for yourself at our Yorkshire showroom. Start looking after your wellbeing today.