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Healthy working from home

Over the past year, home working has become the new normal for many of us. Although it can be a great way of achieving a work-life balance, there are some new challenges we may encounter. Stay focused and help reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Away from colleagues and managers, it can be harder to structure your working day and avoid the distractions of home. This means being organised and disciplined in both personal and professional activities:

  • Find ways to compartmentalise work and home life. It’s important to maintain a clear distinction between the two in both practical and perceptual terms.
  • Establish a good sleep routine, set up a dedicated working area, and stick to your working hours.
  • Use the time at home to take more control of how your day is organised. Incorporate regular, positive activities to support your physical and emotional well-being.
  • Don’t let work activities encroach on your personal life. It’s easy to let work blend into ‘your’ time when there isn’t a spatial separation or the break of a commute home.
  • Make sure you have time away from your working space, your phone, and your computer. Set reminders to take scheduled breaks and be disciplined about timings.
  • Keep healthy snacks to hand, remember to stay hydrated, and get some fresh air whenever you can.
  • Your legs and arms, back and neck, and your eyes are all under particular strain while working. Regular breaks are important, keep moving, take short walks, use the stairs.
  • There are lots of ideas for stretching and breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation activities that you can fit into 10 or 20 minutes during your working day; search online for tips, videos, and live online sessions that you can join.
  • Be prepared to handle distractions – children and pets, phones and tablets, television and gaming – things that wouldn’t normally be an issue in the workplace.
  • Watch out for unhealthy snacks, grazing, and fridge raids. We don’t realise how many calories we can consume when we’re not paying attention!

It might be the most important thing you do today.

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