With all the craziness going on, a lot of people are having to take work home. Working from home is no easy task, especially if you have kiddos to keep entertained now as well. We're fortunate to work from home often and over the years have learned certain things that make getting through the day a little easier on you and your brain! Being inside for long periods of time, sitting at a computer is mentally exhausting so it's important to remember to take care of yourself.
Tip #1 Take at Least 15 Minute Breaks Every 1-2 Hours
It's so important to take your mind off of what you're working on every once and a while! Whether that's stretching, getting up to go on a quick little walk, getting up to make breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks, going to hangout with your spouse/significant other/children, closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths, whatever it may be. We recommend getting up and moving and getting some fresh air more than anything, but any sort of break will work! Not only does this take the strain off your mind and eyes, but it also gives you a quick refresh so you're able to come back to what you're working on with a fresh outlook. It may seem like an inconvenience because you just want to power through your work, but we can assure you it makes the biggest difference & your productivity will increase!
Tip #2 Blue Light Glasses
The light that screens give off is actually horrible for your eyesight and can contribute to migraines and headaches! Luckily there's a solution out there...blue light blocking glasses! They have so many different styles and make a huge difference in sparing you migraines and helping with the longevity of your eye site. They have cheap ones on Amazon, and there are even companies that you can order from with the ability to add your prescription to the blue light lens. A really great source for that in particular is eyebuydirect.com. They have an abundance of different styles and a really good range of prices anywhere from $6-$70 with an additional charge of $20 for the blue light lens. Compared to other eye glasses that's a steal! Another really great source is ladybossglasses.com if you're looking for some super chic styles, a little pircier but well worth it! ;)
Tip #3 Be Mindful of Posture
Another thing that can strongly contribute to headaches, back aches, and neck pain is poor posture. With that being said, it's important to be mindful of your posture when you're sitting at the computer working. Making sure your eyes are level with the screen and not above/below you is usually the first mistake people make which causes a lot of strain on your neck. Slouching is a natural thing we all do too which can put pain on our back, neck, and tail bone which becomes super painful over time! If posture is something you struggle with, we might consider you look into back support cushions/chairs to make sure nothing is being strained too much while you're working away.
Tip #4 Set Certain Hours
Setting certain hours for yourself, such as 9am-5pm (whatever hours work with your schedule) will give you a sense of routine and sets a restriction for working into the hours that you would normally come home and be with your family.
Tip #5 Give Yourself Grace!!
This is the most important one!! Giving yourself grace is important in every aspect of life, but it's especially important when it comes to work, and more specifically working from home. Working from home brings up a lot of distractions and different responsibilities that normally wouldn't be there at say an office. With that being said, if you don't get absolutely everything done that you wanted to in one day that's OKAY! There's always tomorrow. Prioritize the tasks for the day and whatever you are unable to complete just carries into the next day and more often that not it all works out :) Be patient with yourself, and be proud for accomplishing what you do, as working from home is a major curve ball for a lot of people!
We hope these tips help those of you having to transition into working from home. Let us know if there's something that helps you that you don't see on here in the comments or over on our Instagram @naomiewertinteriors! Stay safe and healthy, and check back next week for another blog post!
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