4 Healthy Habits of a Work at Home Parent
As we dive headfirst into 2013, you may be thinking about different ways to live a little better this year. Many folks go on diets, plan to reorganize their homes, quit smoking or take other steps toward healthy living. But one of the areas we often overlook when it comes to healthy resolutions is our work environment – especially if that environment is at home. So what are some healthy habits of a work at home parent?
1. Get Out of Your Pajamas
Simple? Yes. Powerful? You bet. While it feels ever-so-cushy to be able to work while in your pajamas, it’s not the healthiest habit to engage in every day. Whether you work from home or work in an office cubicle, you want to convey professionalism and competence to your clients or employers. Even though your client may never see your face, there’s something about getting showered and dressed to start your day that will kick-start your motivation and help your productivity.
2. Keep Snacking At Bay
I’ll admit it – when I have a stressful event occur while I’m working at home, I gravitate over to the pantry and carbo load. One of the dangers of working from home is having access to food all day long. Try to think of your home office much like a corporate office. Be judicious about your snacks and breaks – just because you have a refrigerator full of food doesn’t mean you need to graze all day long! Also make sure that you have healthy snacks at hand for when you do get munchies. Shoveling a bag of potato chips in your mouth while you sit at your desk will do nothing for your productivity OR your waistline.
3. See The World Beyond Your Desk
Working from home tends to create hermit-like tendencies in people. When there’s no separation between work and home, it gets really easy to just keep working instead of getting out and having a normal life. That’s why it’s critical to take steps to leave the house when you’re able – and that doesn’t mean picking up the kids from school. If you can, take a day and work from a local coffee shop. Go out for lunch. Take a walk when you need a break. You’ll come back to your desk refreshed.
4. Unplug Every Day
A healthy person has a good work-life balance. That balance gets hard to maintain when you work at home and the computer and phone are constantly luring you back to get more done. Unplug for a certain amount of time each day. Maybe it’s when your kids get home from school. Maybe it’s dinner hour or bedtime. Pick a time that works for you and your family. It will help you reconnect and recharge your batteries for when you do return to work.
Take some time at the start of this year to pick and choose what healthy working habits you need to adopt this year. Your family will thank you for it!
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