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Self-care tips when working from home
Your work from home days are not just about working—they also have to include self-care. In fact, when many of us work from home, it’s actually a lot harder to find the time for the care we need. But it’s essential if you want to stay sane and positive while on your own. Making yourself a priority in an everyday way, especially when working from home, is really putting yourself first. The key, as with everything else at work or home, is to prioritize it. It shouldn’t just be the first thing you do after you get up and check your email—in fact, it should be spread out throughout the day.
Here are a few ways to carve out time for self-care when you’re working from home:
1. Schedule it like an appointment.
To make sure this part of your day gets done, treat it like lunch or a doctor’s appointment: literally schedule it at the same time every day or several times a week if needed or even in small sections during your work day. This way, you can’t cross it off your to-do list or convince yourself you can skip it. Besides, 10 minutes of you time three times a day is something to look forward to!
2. Wake up a little earlier to make time for self-care first thing in the morning.
When you wake up early enough, it’s easier to fit in a few extra minutes of “me” time before your workday starts. Try taking 10 minutes or 15 minutes prior to starting your actual work for some self-care. Sitting down for a few minutes drinking your favorite cup of tea or sipping on some coffee without checking your phone can set you off on the right foot for the day.
3. Get ready for bed earlier, too.
Treat yourself to some pajamas-and-tissues time—this can also be a good time to catch up on your TV shows, reading, or other calming activities you enjoy. Make bedtime all about you, and then you’ll be that much more ready to focus on your work when morning comes.
4. Make lunchtime self-care part of your routine, too.
Find a way to fit self-care into your lunch break—whether that’s for 10 minutes or an hour. Maybe it’s taking a quick walk around the block, doing some stretches around your desk, reading something fun on your phone (That thing you’re not “allowed” to do during work?), or even just leaving your office area and eating somewhere else. Call a friend, read an article from a favorite magazine, play some relaxing music—whatever it is that recharges you and puts you in a better mood.
5. Stop working at a certain time every day—or try it once in a while just to see what happens.
If you work best early in the morning, put away your laptop and do something for yourself before you start getting ready for the rest of your day. If you usually work really late at night, take a break at a set time—maybe have dinner, or go to a yoga class. You might find that you get more done this way!
Whichever way you choose, make sure you take some time for you! Self-care when working from home is important for your over all well being. Keeping yourself a priority will keep you sane, maintain your work life balance, and recharge you again for the next day!