Protecting your health while working from home


Working from home offers a raft of advantages for many employees, but there are health risks to be wary of. If you’re staying at home for the foreseeable future, here are some top tips to protect your health and wellbeing. 

Move around

Many people find that they are less active when they work from home because they’re not walking to catch buses or trains or stretching their legs on a lunchtime stroll. If you are based at home at the moment, seize the opportunity to create time in the working day to work out and get some fresh air. You don’t need to have a whole afternoon free to reap the rewards of regular exercise. Even a 15-minute high-intensity workout or an evening jog with the dog can make a difference to your mental and physical health. Home workouts are great because they give you flexibility and you don’t need to use different machines or equipment to work up a sweat. You can exercise in a home gym, follow virtual training sessions or fitness classes online, or work out in the great outdoors. From dancing and spinning to yoga, kettlebell workouts, running, and cycling, there’s something for everyone. 

Protect your eyes

Many of us are spending more time than ever before staring at screens. If you use a computer for work, you watch TV in the evenings and you spend hours using your phone every day, it’s important to look after your eyes. If you wear glasses, the anti-reflective coating allows more light to enter the eye, which helps you see better and it also reduces glare from screens. If you need more information about anti-glare coating benefits, you can find it easily online. When using laptops and tablets for work, it’s also beneficial to install software that is designed to protect the eyes by filtering out blue light. It’s also essential to give your eyes a break. Look away from the screen into the distance every 20 minutes. 

Maintain good posture

Sitting down for long periods  can put pressure on your spine if you have poor posture. Many homeworkers are currently based at kitchen tables or taking calls and sending emails from a dining room chair. When you’re sitting, try and ensure that your spine is straight and that your shoulders and neck are relaxed. You shouldn’t have to reach to touch the keys to type and you should have support for your lower back. If you don’t have an office chair, use cushions or a pillow to prevent discomfort. 

Make time for having fun and relaxing

There is no doubt that most people have experienced stress and anxiety during the lockdown. While you're working from home, it’s vital to find a healthy balance and to make time for relaxation and having fun. Stick to a routine, don’t work for longer than you would normally, and take some time out. Exercise, catch up with friends virtually, go for a walk in the park, watch TV, and devote time to your hobbies and interests. Creative activities are brilliant for channeling your emotions and reducing stress. 

Eat well

There’s a temptation to eat whatever you want and graze throughout the day when you’re at home. Resist the urge to keep visiting the fridge and plan nutritious, healthy meals. Eating well is crucial for maintaining high energy levels and boosting immunity. 

Millions of people are currently working from home. If the home is your new office, take these tips on board to stay fit and healthy.