Letâ€™s face it. Most of us decided to work from home to enjoy a sense of freedom, save money, and achieve a higher quality of life. Itâ€™s something that we all should strive forâ€¦and can reach if we work at it.
The sense of freedom and saving money came easily and naturally as we turned in the keys to our traditional 9-5 office. Working when we want has never been so easy. And, not having to put money into the gas tank? Well, that is wonderful, especially if you had a long commute.
However, the quality of life is a bit trickier to achieve, if we arenâ€™t careful. At times, I have been known to work a bit longer than I need to, or on weekends. I guess that is a good sign that I enjoy what I do, right? The unfortunate part about that is other areas of my life have been neglected.
Fortunately though, I caught on before it became a real problem. So, I am going to share some advice that I have learned along the way, in how not to fall prey to the pitfalls of sitting at a computer all day. Itâ€™s not just about how much time you put into work, but also how you feel when you are done with work.
1. Recognize the Reality of It
Even though I might have been sitting a lot at my former brick and mortar position, itâ€™s different than sitting a lot at my job in my home office. It might not be much, but getting out to the office is at least getting out.
First, there is a little walkingâ€¦albeit small, from the car to the office, around the office, and out to lunch. At home, there is none of that. Itâ€™s a matter of walking from one room to the next, without very many steps.
Second, when I was around other people, I tended to think more about my appearance and activities. Itâ€™s funny how simply talking about what you are doing on your down time is encouragement to be more active. And again, I donâ€™t have that when I work alone in my home office.
It was as if my co-workers held me accountable, even if they werenâ€™t aware of it. Now, I have to be accountable for my actions, or lack of them. It was a bitter pill to swallow, but I did. And, you can too.
2. Eating Right
It seems so simplistic, but it needs to be mentioned anyway. Almost like the elephant in the room. If we were always aware of it and stayed with a healthy diet, there wouldnâ€™t be so many diet plans to choose from.
I hate to admit it, but when I started working from home, the dietary habits definitely changed. They didnâ€™t seem so horrible at first, because I wasnâ€™t eating large portions and full meals. I was simply grazingâ€¦throughout the day. Not eating much, not a problem, so I thought.
However, that meant that I didnâ€™t take the time to eat a healthy breakfast, or lunchâ€¦just grab some snacks as I went along with my work. Next thing I knew, it was dinner and I was hungry and sat down to a large meal, late in the day. Sound familiar?
Fortunately, I caught it early enough and got back on track. I took ideas from various dietary plans and actual diets that work. A friend of mine had great success on Dr. Atkins’ diet plan, which consists of eating low carbs, with more protein. After reading up on it, low carbs and high protein made sense to me.
So, my plan became eating a high protein breakfast to get my energy up for the day, a couple of light protein snacks, and a reasonable dinner. Eating enough to keep your metabolic rate up is key, but not too much that it drags you down.
3. Take Breaks
Make sure to take some breaks throughout the day, but get up and move when you do. If you find that you are working straight through, set a timer. Here are some ideas on what you can do in just a 15-20 minute break:
- Â Â Â Walk around the block
- Â Â Â Do some stretching
- Â Â Â Play tag with the kids
- Â Â Â Try a little yoga
- Â Â Â Get on the treadmill
Most people think that exercising has to be some long drawn out marathon, or going to the gym. However, studies have shown that working out for 20 minutes has the same benefit as working out for an hourâ€¦as long as you get the heart rate up.
This will also refresh you for the remaining part of the day, whether that is work, or play.
4. Drink Plenty of Water
Another area that many people falter on is drinking enough water. The average person should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day. This will keep you hydrated, so you donâ€™t suffer the consequences of dehydration such as muscle cramps and soreness. If those creep in, chances are you will not be as active as you should be.
Itâ€™s all up to you. However, the sooner you start fighting the inevitable downside to sitting at a desk all day, the better. If it seems like an overwhelming battle, then take it slowly. But, with these easy tips, it should become second nature in no time.
About the Author:
Melissa Cameron is in her early thirties and is a successful online marketer and writer. She works from home most often, but occasionally will work from her laptop at the local coffee-house. Melissa is an avid outdoors person who loves to kayak and hike, but found herself sitting too much with her career. So, she decided to learn what she could from sites such asÂ http://www.atkins-diet-advisor.comÂ to see what she can do for herself, as well as others in her writing.