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News • 11 April 2024

Mastering Work-From-Home Wellness: Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

Working from the comfort of your home has its perks, but it also brings its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Without the structured routine of an office setting, it's easy to fall into habits that are less than beneficial for our health. But don’t worry! Here are five strategies to help you conquer the work-from-home world without compromising your wellness.

1. Dive Into a Nutritious Diet & Stay Hydrated

Remember the days when "snackcidents" were a rare occurrence? Working next to your kitchen can turn them into a regular affair. Combat this by sticking to a routine of nutritious meals. Include a rainbow of nutrients in your meals, focusing on fruits, veggies, lean proteins, dairy, and grains to ensure you’re getting all the essential nutrients.

Frozen and canned produce can be your secret weapon for maintaining a healthy diet, especially when fresh options are scarce. They're just as nutritious, provided you pick those without added sugars or salt. Whip up some smoothies with frozen fruit and veg, enrich your meals with beans and lentils, and don't shy away from experimenting with herbs and spices for that extra flavour kick.
Hydration is also crucial. Aim for 2.6 litres of water daily for men and 2.1 litres for women. Enhance your water intake by adding fruit or as few mint leaves for a refreshing twist - And remember, when exercising, water should be your go-to for rehydration.

2. Get Moving!

Now that your daily commute is a thing of the past, consider using that time to integrate some physical activity. Whether it’s yoga in your living room or high-intensity workouts in your garage, there's no shortage of ways to get your heart pumping at home. The goal? At least 30 minutes of movement each day, complemented by strength-building activities a couple of times a week. Turn up your favourite songs to keep the motivation high and the exercise fun!

3. Strategies for Work-Life Balance

Let's face it, the line between "work" and "home" can get blurry. Keeping stress at bay is essential for mental wellness. Limiting social media and news consumption can help maintain a positive outlook. It’s also important to stay connected with friends online and ensure that work doesn’t take over your personal time. Establishing clear boundaries between work hours and downtime is crucial for mental wellbeing.

4. Cherish Your Sleep

Quality sleep is non-negotiable. Consider sticking to a regular sleep schedule to improve the quality of your sleep. Create a sleep-conducive environment by keeping work materials out of the bedroom and minimising screen time before bed. Developing a relaxing pre-sleep routine can significantly improve your sleep quality, leaving you refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

5. Up Your Hygiene Game

With more meals prepared at home it's important to focus on food hygiene. Wash and dry your hands before handling food, and thoroughly clean all fruits and vegetables. Keeping your kitchen clean is vital to prevent the spread of bacteria, and don't forget, personal hygiene and a tidy living environment can also contribute to overall wellness. 

Adapting to a work-from-home lifestyle requires a conscious effort to maintain your health and well-being. By focusing on nutrition, exercise, work-life balance, sleep, and hygiene, you can turn your home into a sanctuary for both productivity and wellness. 

Remember, these tips are a starting point. Your journey to work-from-home wellness is unique and small, but consistent changes can lead to significant improvements in your overall health. 

This general information, while intended to be helpful, is not individual health advice. Always consult a healthcare professional before making health decisions. While the information is curated with care, its accuracy, completeness, or recency cannot be guaranteed. We cannot be held responsible for any loss incurred from acting on this information. Content developed in partnership with Health and Wellbeing Queensland.

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11 April 2024