By TGN Editorial Team
At the time of writing this article, a large portion of the world’s population is in some form of lockdown which has been imposed by governments to curb the spread of COVID-19.
This has resulted in a huge majority of office based staff having to work from home, many of whom are experiencing this type of remote working for the very first time.
Without the daily routine of travelling to work and the face to face interaction with colleagues in the office, it can be very easy for some workers to quickly feel socially isolated which can cause mental health issues like depression.
Equally, as many of us cannot attend exercise classes or go to gyms during the lockdown period, our exercise routines can quickly fall by the wayside making us feel unfit and lethargic.
However, there are ways to ensure working at home can be successful and productive.
It is key that you ensure, where possible, that you have a set area in your home for your workstation. Make sure that your laptop or computer is at the right height to avoid back strain. Ideally, the screen should be at eye level so that you are not hunched over your computer.
Make sure you take regular breaks, make yourself stand up and walk around your home every hour to stretch your legs and give your eyes a rest from the screen.
Do not skip lunch as it is important for mind and body that we eat healthily and rest. You will find that you will work better in the afternoon if you take an hour’s lunch break rather than working through and just eating a sandwich at your workstation.
Make time for colleagues to catch up with them and find out how they are doing. Many companies promote conference calls during lunch breaks where colleagues can stay in touch and socialise. This is so important for your mental health.
In your leisure time, try to go outside (if permitted) to exercise. It is amazing what a nice walk, cycle ride or run in the fresh air can do for your well-being and overall fitness.
If this is not permitted then look online for exercise classes. Many gyms are running these for free so you can keep up with your regular exercise classes either by doing a ‘live’ session so you feel part of a group or you can take part in a pre-recorded version which you do whenever you want.
The important thing to remember is that this will be over soon and then we can get back to our normal routines but in the meantime we can work around these restrictions and make the best of what we have.