#TuesdayThinks: How I get balance working from home.

24 Nov 2020 | Tips & Tricks

#TuesdayThinks: How I get balance working from home.

By Nikki Burton

Every Tuesday we think some thinks and round-up some top tips.

It’s taken me until November, to finally get into the swing of a healthy routine. Back in March when we were catapulted into working from home, we were met with a bit of panic and a constant fear that the world as we know may just collapse (dramatic I know!). So being glued to my machine felt very necessary, although my body and mind became increasingly angry with me for all the neglect they were receiving.

Now that working from home feels normal, I have adapted. My days are busy and full of team calls which can lead to sitting in the same position for hours on end. So, when lunchtime hits, I make sure I grab my rain mac and wellies and head out for a 40 min walk at lunch, no matter what the elements are throwing at me. A change of scene, a difference in temperature, the wind blowing in my face is priceless. This time also allows me to turn on my latest audiobook.

This precious time with an audiobook inspires my mind, while making sure I hit a healthy step count (I previously had some days where I didn’t even hit 300 steps!). It lets me return to my desk refreshed and ready to tackle the afternoon.

Since we now know that in the UK lockdown tiers are likely to go on at least until March I thought I’d share some tips on how to make these winter months a bit more bearable:

1. Get out and have a walk at lunch: Whatever the weather wrap up and get out there. One Stanford University study found that walking increased creative output by an average of 60 percent. And here’s another 11 reasons to do it too!

2. Listen to an audiobook: Whether it’s a novel that tickles your fancy or a self-development angle that’s got you intrigued, there are huge physical and mental benefits to listening to audiobooks.

3. Make that coffee break count: Get up, put the kettle on turn up the radio/Spotify/Alexa whatever you have at home, get your favourite track on, turn it up loud and dance for 3 minutes like no-ones watching, it’s surprising how good that feels!

How do you look after yourself whilst working from home? Share your tips with us (and your dance moves!) we’d love to hear from you.