How to Keep Up Your Healthy Habits When You’re Working From Home
Weekdays are usually for being responsible. A typical Monday through Friday might include getting up early to work out before going into the office, where you'll eat your carefully meal-prepped salad and maybe snack on a protein bar.
Being told that you're working from home for the foreseeable future completely upends your usual healthy weekday routine. Now, your living room is your office, gym, and dining room — plus, your snack stash is just a few feet away. Keeping up your same healthy habits while working from home requires a little more planning and a bit more discipline, but it's still totally doable. Rely on these six healthy-living strategies to get through it.
Resist the Impulse to Snooze
Even though you're not commuting to the office, try to still get up at the usual time. Sticking to a routine makes it feel more like a regular workday, and you can use extra time at home to ease into your morning. Spend a few minutes stretching, get some reading done, or just sip your coffee and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Start Your Day Mindfully
No commute means you have no reason to rush right into the workday. Instead, make time to slow down and practice mindfulness before checking your inbox. Set a timer on your phone and spend five minutes quietly meditating, or jot down three things you're grateful for in your journal.
Create a Healthy Meal Plan
Away from the office donuts and candy jar, it might seem like it would be easier to eat healthy at home. But, the temptation to pop into the kitchen for some chips can be really tough to resist when you're working just a few feet away. To encourage yourself to eat well, order healthy meals from Revive Superfoods, a meal delivery service offering everything from ready-to-blend smoothies to heat-and-serve burrito bowls. All of these nutritionally balanced meals are ready in minutes — perfect for days with back-to-back conference calls and video meetings!
You can order on a weekly or monthly basis, and choose the number of meals that work best for you. Best of all, your order arrives through contactless delivery right to your doorstep. Knowing that you have a healthy (and tasty!) breakfast, lunch, and dinner on lock reduces the temptation to snack all day long.
Level Up Your Workspace
Just because you can work from your bed doesn't necessarily mean you should. As comfy as it might seem at first, a slouchy couch or squishy mattress can wreak havoc on your back after a few hours. Pick an area to designate as your workspace, then deck it out with everything you need to set yourself up for success. Consider a supportive yet comfortable desk chair, a big-screen monitor, a wireless mouse, an adjustable standing desk, and anything else you might need.
Remind Yourself to Hydrate
With no water cooler to walk to, it's all too easy to forget to hydrate while working from home. Set calendar reminders to drink water, or fill a stylish glass carafe with water and place it near your desk.
Schedule Your Workouts
While you can't sign up for a barre class at your usual studio right now, you can still plan your workouts into your day. Countless studios and gyms are offering live and on-demand classes through their websites and social media accounts right now. Whether you choose to follow along at home or direct your own self-guided workout, try planning your fitness routine at the beginning of each week. Actually writing down a schedule will help you stick to your goals — and ensure you don't fall victim to the siren song of the couch after a long day on the computer.