2. Establish a routine
Start your day as though you’re going into the office by getting dressed and adding some ‘commute time’ between your morning routine and starting work.
Make a schedule for your working day and stick to it. Make sure it includes breaks for meals, playtime or just to take a walk. Be mindful to take that break in full.
Share your schedule with the people in your house and with your team at work to help set clear boundaries between work time and home time. Then at the end of your day, you can log off and switch off.
3. Keep moving
Changes in your routine can quickly affect your fitness habits but it’s important to stay active for both your physical and mental health. Try planning time to work out, turning a phone conversation into a walking meeting, or scheduling a 5 minute yoga break.
Remember, sitting for too long may have negative effects on your health and fitness so get up and stretch often. Alternating between standing and sitting may also help you avoid neck or back strain.
If you need some extra motivation, some health insurance providers reward you for participating in healthy activities. For example, if you have Health Insurance with AIA Vitality, you’re rewarded for making healthier lifestyle choices every day.
4. Change it up
If you can, try working from another part of the house or in the garden for the day. Alternatively, head to the park or work from your local coffee shop. If you’re changing location, remember to make sure your new workspace is safe and comfortable and you’re able to follow physical distancing guidelines.
5. Stay connected
Working in isolation can have a big impact on your mental health so it’s important to stay connected with your colleagues and support networks. Organise regular catch-ups with your team to maintain positive relationships and check in with each other. Try having meetings with your camera on to see each other’s faces, or organise a coffee catch up with colleagues in your area.
It’s always ok to ask for more support and you may want to consider seeking help from a professional. Many employers have counselling services available. You can also speak to your GP about a making a mental health plan or try services like Beyond Blue or Lifeline.