Working from home wasn’t the norm for most people before 2020. As convenient as it sounds, it’s not always easy to balance your work from home and self care routines.
If you’ve been feeling drowsy, overworked and lonely while working from home, you’re not alone. Now, however, is the perfect time to hit the refresh button and start focusing on your self care.
You’ll find it a lot easier to unplug from a long work day after incorporating a few self care tips into your day-to-day. Here are 14 ways to practice self care while you work from home.
Create a morning routine
While working from home means you can sleep in until just about clock-in time, creating a peaceful morning routine can be more beneficial. Waking up a couple of hours before you have to work gives you extra time to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee, make your favorite breakfast or go for a run.
Keep your workspace clean
No one enjoys waking up to a dirty desk, so do your mental health a favor and keep your workspace tidy! A clean workspace can do wonders for your productivity and overall mood. Feeling organized and clean is an unmatched feeling. Take it a step further and light your favorite candle while you work to keep your office feeling calm and peaceful.
Set boundaries between work and leisure time
Setting healthy boundaries is an essential part of self care. When you work from home, it can be easy to work overtime without ever realizing it, since you’re not physically leaving your office and going home. It’s important to set boundaries between your work and leisure time. Make sure you leave yourself a few hours to practice self care and enjoy your free time after work. It’s also helpful to have a designated work space that’s separate from the places in your home you go to relax.
Incorporate a workout into your daily routine
Working out is the best natural destresser. Moving your body daily is a big part of self care. Scheduling in some time to work out, even if it’s just a quick power walk outside, can be hugely beneficial when you’re mostly sedentary while working from home.
Give yourself an at-home facial
You don’t have to go to a beauty salon to spoil yourself with a facial. You can do it yourself at home! First, create a relaxing atmosphere by getting into your most comfortable loungewear and lighting your favorite candle. Then cleanse, exfoliate with Tatcha's The Rice Polish and put on a mask (you can make your own by mixing a half-cup of plain Greek yogurt, half an avocado and a quarter-cup of honey). Next, steam your face over a bowl with hot water, and finally, massage on a moisturizer.
Take a walk around the neighborhood
Fresh air is essential for a healthy work from home routine. Stepping outside for a few minutes each day can help clear your mind, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Take a walk around the neighborhood to get your body moving, and try to make it a daily habit.
Buy healthy snacks
One of the negatives about working from home is that you’re always near the kitchen. Many people find it difficult to control cravings throughout the work day. If you buy yourself some healthy snacks, you can take care of those mid-day cravings while still keeping your body fueled with healthy nutrients.
Take a long bath or shower
If you’ve had a particularly stressful day, taking a long bath or shower is a wonderful way to practice self care. Throw in a bath bomb, grab a good book and treat yourself to an at-home spa day while you’re at it.
Aromatherapy is a wonderful and easy way to bring peace into your workspace. Investing in an essential oil diffuser for your desk can bring you relief from any anxiety and depression you’ve suffered from while working from home.
Buy a clothing piece you’ve been eyeing
If you’ve had a tough week, it’s perfectly OK to give yourself something you’ve been eyeing! Buying a gift for yourself is a form of self care. Receiving that package in the mail can boost your mood even on the gloomiest of work days.
Put on your favorite movie
Sometimes the only way to tune out of a tough work from home day is to get lost in your favorite movies and TV shows. Feel-good movies like Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump and Bridesmaids are sure to put a smile on your face.
Cook your favorite meal
Take an evening off to cook your favorite meal. Food has a special way of making people feel better, especially when it’s a home cooked meal. Better yet, ask your mom for the recipe to one of your favorite childhood dishes and relish in those sweet memories.
FaceTime a friend
Taking a break is just as important as getting your work done on time. Taking breaks helps boost productivity and decreases stress and anxiety. It’s also the perfect time to check in on your loved ones, like FaceTiming a friend. This can help you feel less alone, especially if you make it a weekly routine.
Plan a fun evening with your roommates
Sometimes you just need to have some fun to be able to decompress from your work from home life. If you live with roommates, an easy way to destress is to plan a fun movie night. Ask everyone to make or buy their favorite snack, and create a line-up of feel-good movies to watch together. You’ll see how much better you’ll feel after a night full of laughter.
Now that companies are allowing employees to work from home, many people are looking to move to new cities. Co-living with Tripalink is ideal for anyone interested in relocating.
Co-living apartments make maintaining a healthy self care routine while working from home easy. The apartments offer clean, safe and productive work environments. Plus, co-living is an opportunity to live with like-minded people going through the same things.
When you’re feeling lonely or overworked, your roommates will be there to support you and encourage you to keep going. Surrounding yourself with good roommates is another invaluable form of self care.