Working remotely is a finicky affair, as you are expected to seamlessly transition between work and home duties rapidly while maintaining control over your personal and professional life. This style of working demands a lot of your time, patience, and energy.
Hence, taking care of oneself is necessary for maintaining your overall welfare, quality of life, and physical and mental health so that you can handle your busy schedule.
Taking care of your physical and emotional needs so that you may feel your best is known as self-care. We commonly hear the phrase "self-care" used in relation to bubble baths, Netflix marathons, and scented candles. But there’s a bigger picture at work, and here are 4 awesome tips for WFH people to achieve just that.
Choose a scent you want the air to be filled with during your spiritual bath; whether that’s diffusing essential oils, lighting candles, burning Palo Santo or incense. It’s totally up to you, just make sure it’s a scent that makes you feel good or is associated with how you want to feel physically and mentally.
Elevate your space and ritual with sound. We love listening to calming meditations, soothing music, or frequencies such as binaural beats during our baths. Pick something that gives you a sense of calm and set the volume to a comfortable, peaceful level.
Indulge yourself with a ‘clean-girl’ skin care routine.
Self-care always involves having the time to take care of our skin, since it's the largest organ of our body. And a great way to do that is to implement this is to relax and pamper yourself with natural skin care.
Even before the plethora of skin care choices we have in the current market, our grandmothers and mothers have been concocting an all-natural routine right from their amazing kitchens! Their beauty routine is “clean” and cruelty-free. The best part? We know exactly what we’re putting on our precious skins.
For example, coconut oil is a good moisturizer according to research. A good tip is to apply a little coconut oil to your face and skin and massage it. Another ingredient is aloe vera. This also promotes the formation of new cells, and is a great source for hydration without clogging your pores!
You can also get creative and use whatever is available in your own kitchens or what your preference dictates. You can use anything you choose to give your skin a glow, from honey, gram flour, and green tea to fruit peels like banana and papaya.
2. Take good care of your eyes
It’s normal to experience eye strain when you’re working from home because most of your work-related tasks are accomplished through a screen. Eye strain is frequently caused by computer use. These self-care techniques can lessen eye strain if you work at a desk and use a computer. So, it’s important to remember to relieve the tiredness of your eyes after long hours of working.
You can practice this by setting a proper distance between you and your screen. While you might believe that getting closer can improve your vision, the contrary is actually true. The muscles in your eyes have to work harder to focus when you are seated too near to your computer screen. Another good tip is to reduce the brightness of your screen. One last tip is to use a matte screen filter or choosing glasses with anti-reflective coatings.
3. Biohack your way to wellness
One of the most recent health trends has arguably been around since ancient times. Biohacking, as is commonly referred to, aims to boost performance, health, and wellbeing through deliberate interventions.
Though this has been taken to the extreme for some people, practices like meditation and intermittent fasting are two popular biohacking practices that have been practiced for centuries. Other biohackers, in an effort to correct their shortcomings and aid themselves in becoming better on a physical, emotional, and mental level, employ a highly technical method of engineering their own bodies.
You don’t have to fully go hack your genetics in order to jump on the biohacking wellness train. You can start by making simple changes to your life, such as eliminating excessive sugar consumption. Another way is to expose your body to sunlight. All people have free access to sunlight, which is what causes our bodies to produce vitamin D. It is far more effective than vitamin D tablets, and a daily exposure to 10 to 20 minutes will not increase the risk of developing skin cancer. There is a greater endorphin release, which is likely to help you relax.
4. Don’t short-change yourself on your breaks
The most important thing: take a break and don’t cheat. One of the luxuries of working from home is that you can take deliberate breaks, (no, checking emails while eating does not count). Make use of the breaks that you give yourself mindfully because this can be the time that our minds and bodies can recuperate strength for the next task.
This also calls to strike a balance between your "me time" and all of your domestic duties. Your living space is definitely not going to maintain itself! If you want to take the weekend off, you can always outsource household chores like laundry on a weekday while you’re working so you can maximize your breaks. Or if you have children or a spouse, think about delegating these tasks to others so that you can have some downtime. As much as possible, don’t try to handle every domestic task yourself. And stay away from your work emails on weekends. Wouldn’t you rather spend your Saturday with your favorite self-care products?
The key to avoiding both short-term and long-term burnout is self-care. Being proactive rather than reactive is key to practicing self-care. Regularly engaging in self-care gives you power over your life and how you deal with stress. Doing the little things in order to alleviate some of the burdens in your personal life are lifelines, especially in this chaotic new normal. And by filing your own cup, you will be able to help other people.
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