For some of us, working from home is a new concept. In this hectic time, it’s not only important to find ways to adjust to this new style of working, but it’s also important to stay healthy. Let’s talk about some ways we can all stay more productive, happier & healthier together… but at a safe social distance!
Exercise & Get Some Sun
Maybe the most important way to keep your mind and body at the top of their game, is by exercising. Coincidentally, we have the perfect indoor fitness kit for you. If you need to upgrade your in-home workout game, check out our current Spring “Fitness Edition” Premium Box.
It may seem a little counterintuitive right now, but getting outside and getting some sun is very important for your health. As long as you’re not traveling too far away from home into a highly trafficked public area, you’ll be fine! Even Bubble Boy got out for some sun.
Get A Good Sleep & Take Mindfulness Breaks
When working from home, it can be tempting to sleep in a little. So the question is, can you? Well, that depends on your job. Everyone has different styles of working and can be more productive at different times of the day. So as long you can get your work done, get it done on time, and are able to communicate with your team when they need you, it shouldn’t be a problem. Just make sure not to take advantage of the situation. Just because you’re working from home, doesn’t make it any less of work. As usual, be responsible, accountable, and work hard. The economy needs us more than ever!
With that same mindset, remember that it is ok to take some breaks if you feel you need to. It’s a stressful time for everyone and it’s important for your immune system to relieve that stress. One way I like to relax is by writing in a journal. Matter of fact, my favorite journal to write in is from the Gentleman’s Box shop (psst… it’s on sale right now).
Eat Healthy & Drink Water
I don’t think this one came to anyone’s surprise but.. you’d be surprised. Now more than ever, watch what you put into your body as it can either negatively or positively affect your immune system.
Make Your Bed & Don’t Work In It
How you start your day can easily set the tone for the rest of it. We recommend making your bed as soon as you get up. This helps prevent you from falling for those puppy-dog eyes your bed gives you when you attempt to leave it. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment to start out the day on a positive note.
Although it may be tempting to work from your bed, it’s not always the most productive way to do so. Even if we aren’t tired and ready to go to bed, we subconsciously associate being in our bed with what it’s usually meant for… sleeping. Therefore, you may find yourself feeling sleepy while working in your bed because your brain thinks you should be.
Dress The Part & Follow a Routine
Our motto here at Gentleman’s Box is “Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good.” This isn’t only a belief of ours, it’s actually rooted in science. In psychology, “priming” is when we unconsciously respond to specific stimuli that can influence a certain behavior. There are many different forms of priming but in this case, and similarly to the previous example of working in bed, what you wear might affect how you perform.
Instead of staying in your pajamas or groutfit all day, try wearing what you might typically wear to work. This way, you’ll prime yourself for work, instead of priming yourself to sit on the couch and watch Netflix all day. If you typically wear business formal to work, even wearing business casual might help.
Create a Distraction-Free Workspace
Creating a distraction-free workspace can already be difficult at the office and if you’re working from home, you may find it to be even worse depending on your environment. If you have kids and/or a barking dog, working from home might not be ideal. If you live by yourself in an apartment, you may find yourself to be more productive. Luckily, there are some ways to combat those distractions.
First, tuck your phone away and turn it on silent because your friends and family may not be feeling as productive as you. Second, headphones are a great way to cancel any noise distractions. Lastly, create a workspace for yourself with a desk and a chair that eliminates as many external stimuli as possible. If you have kids or a dog, set a schedule for you and your significant other to take turns watching after them and try to keep them occupied with other things while you work.
Remember to remain calm, keep your distance, and wash your hands! We’ve got this.