With so many of us currently working from home, keeping up with our usual healthy and mindful habits can be tough as our routines have been shaken up. With gyms, yoga studios and even some open spaces closed, it is easy to slip out of those healthy habits for the mind that many of us will have spent years mastering. Meditating during the morning commute, cycling to work and even walks at lunchtime have all come to a stop, but there are small things we can do each day to try and stay mindful during this unprecedented time.
Below are my top five tips on how to continue practicing mindfulness during this period of working from home:
- Take walks or runs outdoors – it’s becoming increasingly difficult to exercise with restrictions on when we can be outside and for how long, however taking those opportunities to be outdoors in the fresh air is important. It helps with productivity and gets you moving so that you don’t feel stuck to your dining room table all day. Perhaps take your daily exercise at lunchtime so that you can enjoy the sunshine (if it’s there!) or ensure that you stop working at a set time to take an evening stroll.
- Use meditation apps – there are plenty of free meditation apps such as Calm or Headspace where users can take anything from three minutes to thirty minutes to enjoy breathing exercises and learn to become more present and mindful. It’s always important to take time out for yourself, but now it is more so than ever.
- Stay hydrated – office workers will be accustomed to water cooler chats but for those now having to work in their bedrooms or living rooms, it’s easy to forget to get up and have a glass of water. If you do struggle with this, why not take a jug of water to your workspace each morning so that it’s always in sight? That way you can remember to fill your glass.
- Compassion and empathy are key – we are all in this together, and it’s important to remember that when working from home (and you can’t physically see your colleagues) that each person has unique life circumstances that may cause them more stress or anxiety. The key thing here is to be open and honest about how you feel with your colleagues, as they could be feeling something similar, and its highly likely you’re not alone.
- Set yourself boundaries – if you’re used to taking regular breaks and getting fresh air when you’re in the office, this doesn’t need to stop when you’re working from home. Be disciplined with yourself and take breaks from your computer screen and desk/dining table/bed! This also means finishing work at a reasonable time and logging off, rather than carrying on into the night.