By | Corey Doane-Chheang | Content Marketing Manager
Remote work has become the new norm for many of us and has brought on flexibility that’s allowed us more to focus on personal goals—like our health and wellness. A survey from the Pew Research Center found that 6 in 10 employees working from home say it’s made balancing work and personal life easier. Additionally, a study from Stanford revealed that the productivity of those working from home increased by 13 percent.
But, many people are now gearing up to head back into the office, which may have some concerned that they won’t be able to keep up with these healthy habits they’ve adopted while working remotely. Whether you’re working from home or in the office, here are a few tips to help you stay healthy and fit no matter your work location.
1. Make Mindfulness a Priority
The stresses of work can be hard, which is why incorporating mindfulness into your day is important for your overall health. Research from Wharton found that even just 5 to 10 minutes of mindfulness each day can help make employees more productive and helpful.
- Take 5 to 10 minutes out of your workday to practice breathwork at your desk or in a quiet area—like box breathing or the 4-7-8 technique—to refresh your mind.
- Find a quiet space away from your desk where you can take a mental break to reflect and meditate.
2. Make Time for Exercise
Daily exercise is important for our overall health, but it also helps keep our energy and productivity levels high at work. Have your workout shoes handy in your office or at home by the door so you can get a quick workout in during the workday.
- Use the time you would have spent commuting to work in the morning with a workout, like HIIT for a burst of energy or yoga for a relaxed flow to start the day.
- Use your lunch break to walk around your neighborhood, hit the gym, or try a new workout class.
- Instead of sitting at your desk or in a conference room, host standing or walking meetings.
- Invest in an under-desk treadmill or bike to keep you moving throughout the day.
3. Connect With Colleagues
One of the downsides of working remotely has been the inability to connect with coworkers as you normally would in the office. Research from Stanford revealed that strong social connections are key to our physical and mental wellbeing. They also help lower feelings of anxiety and stress in the workplace.
- Set up monthly coffee chats with your team or other colleagues to connect.
- Take a virtual fitness or cooking class and invite your coworkers to join in.
- Grab lunch or coffee with some of your coworkers during the week.
- Take walking breaks with your colleagues around the surrounding neighborhood of your office.
For more tips on how you can prioritize your health and wellness whether working remotely or in-office, check out the visual guide below.