7 Little Ways to Make Time For At-Home Wellness All Workday Long
These days, home is everything — your sanctuary, gym, and even office. But just because you're spending more time inside than usual, doesn't mean your health and wellness have to go by the wayside. Even when you're working from home, incorporating simple yet effective self-care practices into your everyday routine can make a world of difference in your well-being. The best part? You don't need to carve out a large chunk of time to feel the positive effects.
Ahead, find seven quick ways to introduce feel-good vibes into your daily grind. After all, self-care is all about making yourself a priority every day and finding healthy techniques for comforting yourself — especially during these uncertain times.
Mask Between Calls
Achieve a fresh-from-the-spa glow by treating yourself to a facial during downtime. After all, when else will you have the opportunity to mask in the middle of the day? Depending on how much time you have between meetings, you can either keep it simple (i.e. an easy slather-wait-and-rinse mask) or get as luxurious as you want with added oils, serums, massage techniques, or firming tools.
Now's also the ideal time to establish a skin-care routine. If you already have one, work on perfecting it or try new products. By investing in your skin care, you're setting yourself up to achieve brighter, healthier, more vibrant skin, which leads to not only looking good, but feeling good, too.
Take Your Vitamins
Getting your daily dose of vitamins is always important, but especially now it should be at the top of your wellness list. At the end of the day, it's easy to feel sluggish when you're staying inside and not getting enough nutrients. Taking vitamins on the regular can help you fill the gaps in your diet to make sure you're getting the nourishment you need. As a result, this simple daily routine can help you feel more energized.
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Break For Movement
You already know that regular exercise has a myriad of benefits. But aside from helping prevent or manage health problems such as stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and many types of cancer, exercise can also help you feel happier by boosting energy and combating depression, anxiety, and even insomnia, according to mayoclinic.org.
During the workday especially, it's easy to stay seated for hours, which is why incorporating mindful movement into your daily routine can help your mood and focus levels. Try setting an alarm for 35 minutes and keep it going throughout the day. Each time it goes off is a reminder to get up and get moving — even just for a few minutes. Kick things up a notch by choosing an exercise to do with each new alarm. Whether you do high knees, push-ups, squats, or yoga poses, you'll be amazed by how refreshed you'll feel once you sit back down.
Create a Soothing Environment
Staying home gives you free rein over your surroundings, meaning you have the opportunity to make your work area as soothing and as comfortable as you'd like. For a therapeutic dose of aromatherapy, keep an essential oil diffuser nearby. If you're looking to refresh your mood, try peppermint, basil, lemon, or rosemary oils. To promote relaxation, add geranium and lavender, and for a sensory boost, citrus is known to energize the senses.
If scented candles calm you, place them around your desk, or if you're a nature-lover, position your workspace so that it faces a window. You could even set your desk up within eyesight of artwork you enjoy — pretty much anything goes in order to keep your stress levels in check. Sometimes even something as simple as a soft blanket can put you at ease.
Fuel Up on Healthy Foods
Take advantage of having a full kitchen at your disposal by preparing healthy lunches during the week. Feel free to get creative in a way you've never been able to while working from the office. Grill up some chicken for that salad, use your oven to bake a cauliflower pizza, or blend up a smoothie for a nutrient-rich pick-me-up. You can even meal prep on the weekends to ensure convenience.
In addition to preparing something healthy and taking an actual break for lunch by stepping away from your computer, remember that snacks can do one of two things: fuel you up and provide lasting energy or give you a short burst of energy while leaving you with a sugar craving. Dried fruit, hummus, fresh vegetables, nuts, whole grain crackers and peanut butter, or even dark chocolate are all solid go-tos. It can be hard — especially at home — but try to limit your intake of processed foods and added sugars. In the end, you'll feel much better for it.
Work in Quick Meditations
Meditation is known to reduce stress, manage anxiety, enhance self-awareness, and promote concentration — all of which are especially helpful benefits during a particularly stressful time. In addition to these effects, the beauty of meditation is that it can be done anywhere, at any time. Even a few minutes of meditation can restore your calm and inner peace.
Carve a few minutes out of your workday — maybe incorporate some time into your lunch break — and close your eyes, try to breathe deeply, and repeat a mantra. The most important thing is not to let the thought of meditating the "right" way add to your stress. This time is for you to do what you need to do to refocus and recenter. If you'd like more guidance, check out free apps like Headspace, Calm, Stop, Breathe, & Think, and The Mindfulness App.
Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you feel tired, but remembering to drink enough water is easier said than done. Although the amount of water you should be drinking a day depends on where you live, your activity level, and health status, a good rule of thumb is to get eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day — or about half a gallon.
To do this, make sure you're continuously drinking throughout your day. Keep a full glass of water at your workspace at all times, and set calendar reminders to keep you on your toes. There are also free apps you can download such as Plant Nanny, Aloe Bud, and Aqualert to help remind you in a fun way.
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