5 tips for good personal health working from home

5 tips for good personal health working from home

Working from home is great if you don’t sink too far into the blahs.


I’ve been working from home since 2013 when I started working in games. The benefits have always been clear to me, but it’s easy to fall into a routine that’s unhealthy both physically and mentally. It’s easy to get lazy and start to feel gross about yourself. Here are a few things I’ve picked up along the way to help me stay sharp and feeling good.

Shower early in the day

It’s easy to wake up and just start working. I do this even to this day. But I found myself in a routine where I wasn’t showering until the evening, or even close to bed. For me, this made me feel rather blah all day. Shower early, friends, because it’ll put you in a positive frame of mind. You’re clean, and it signifies the beginning of the day. You feel like a functioning adult.

Eat breakfast

For a long time, I was surviving most of the day on coffee, barely eating until the end of my work day and close to supper time. If you want a deep explanation of why this is bad, Google it. We all know it’s bad. I started prioritizing breakfast after I bought a toaster oven, and it’s really helped me get a handle on my day and kickstart things properly.

Get fresh air every single day

There have been stretches where I barely go outside, especially during the pandemic. When I finally do, it’s like I’m discovering fresh air for the first time. Even if you just go outside and sit for five minutes, get out there and breathe in that fresh air. Let it fill your lungs and clear your mind. This does wonders for your mental – and probably physical – health.

Unplug from the home office

Some people just don’t have this option, so I consider myself lucky. My office is on the top level of my home and has a door, so I make sure that I leave it, close the door, and go to an entirely different part of the house every day. It’s like leaving the office for me, and it makes you feel like the workday has an end, which can be something missing for folks new to working from home.

Eliminate distractions

This isn’t for your boss, it’s for you. If you eliminate distractions and focus directly on the task at hand, you can finish that task in a reasonable amount of time and move on. If you let everything interrupt your day, you’ll find that you’ve constantly got six things on the go and you’ll quickly become overwhelmed. Sit down, get that thing done, then take a quick break and move on to the next.

Now, I realize that, for many, this isn’t all possible. Some of you have kids at home right now and you’re just struggling to keep it together. You’re a champion. My tips might not work for you, but you’re a smart person and you know yourself, so think about what you can do for you. Prioritize your health while working from home.

From The Chatty
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    February 26, 2021 9:26 AM

    What is your best work-from-home tip for better mental and physical health?

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      February 26, 2021 9:35 AM

      Great post! I absolutely needed some of these tips, thanks!

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      February 26, 2021 9:38 AM

      I try to get up from my desk every hour or so and stretch. I used to have a standing desk, but working from home I basically sit all day.

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        February 26, 2021 9:44 AM

        The Apple Watch helped me with this, but anything will work.

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        February 26, 2021 12:51 PM

        I sit far, far longer now. I really try to just get up and do something else for a few min. It's hard sometimes though since the kids are doing school.

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        February 26, 2021 12:53 PM

        Sitting all day is really killing me. I used to have a nice three block walk to and from a parking deck. I complained at the time but I took for granted how beneficial it was.

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      February 26, 2021 9:47 AM

      Good tips, agree with all of those. I find it helps me to get dressed and go for a walk in the morning before work. I walk my dogs, but it could be things like getting the mail, a coffee, or no specific goal at all. Helps keep me from getting in the funk of just rolling out of bed and starting to work, which is the worst (for me).

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        February 26, 2021 10:03 AM

        This is a good one. You need something to remind you that there is world beyond your home office. Excellent advice.

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      February 26, 2021 9:57 AM

      One thing that has really helped me is to build in regular events during the week. I take online juggling classes on Monday, run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and play in a star wars tabletop rpg Thursday evenings.

      Not totally work from home related, but breaking up the week with things to look forward to has really helped things feel less samey.

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        February 26, 2021 10:03 AM

        Hmmm... Yeah, I need to be better at this. Mostly for me it's gaming, but that happens at the same desk I work at, so it isn't really a break.

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          February 26, 2021 10:06 AM

          Yeah I started trying to slot in a couple more scheduled things because I noticed that time was feeling meaningless. The day of the week started to matter a lot less and everything blended together.

          Now at least I've got juggling on Monday, which means I need to get in a little practice before. And I'm always looking forward to tabletop sessions. It just helps me mark time better.

          It's hard when you're spending so much more time at home. I used to do things like climb or take pole dancing classes.

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        February 26, 2021 10:11 AM

        I learned to juggle this winter and keep my balls (heh) in the kitchen to practice whenever I'm grabbing a snack or making lunch.

        I always wanted to learn, but what pushed me over the edge was watching a couple of world chapmion mountain bikers include it in their gym routine - when they are recovering between circuits they juggle. Of course they're doing it one footed on bosu balls or balance boards, but still.

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          February 26, 2021 10:31 AM

          It's so good for proprioception, reflexes, and hand eye coordination.

          Here's a great account with some fun exercises if you're interested. It's a juggler who is developing hand eye stuff for use by athletes.


          Also, if you're interested in doing some classes, I take classes on Monday nights and Sunday mornings, and they're offered on a sliding scale. The ones I'm in are intermediate level (we're working in 4 and 5 ball stuff, body throws, and multiplexes right now) but there are beginner classes too.

          The teachers are world class and my juggling has got so much better this year. It's so fun. Let me know if you'd want the link to the studio.

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        February 26, 2021 10:16 AM

        You forgot Wednesday Wreckfest obv.

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      February 26, 2021 9:59 AM

      I exercise almost every day, preferably right after work. The break really helps me to mentally disconnect and transition to non-work time.

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        February 26, 2021 10:42 AM

        This is a good one. I built a gym in my basement and tend to use it after work. It's a great divider between work and personal time.

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      February 26, 2021 10:02 AM

      Good post!

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      February 26, 2021 10:05 AM

      Good tips!

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      February 26, 2021 10:09 AM

      What’s up with the Auston Matthews video?

      Caps still kicked your ass in that series!

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        February 26, 2021 10:43 AM

        I don't know about kicked our ass, but fine.

        That was the first year the Leafs had anything resembling a team, so being in the playoffs was a win itself.

        Glad Ovi got his Cup, even if it wasn't that year.

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      February 26, 2021 10:30 AM


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        February 26, 2021 11:26 AM

        When I see that lumbering school bus ahead, rolling impatiently back and forth blocking the cross-over ahead of me, I think "watcherxp really needs this...", as I plow into the side of you.

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      February 26, 2021 10:44 AM

      drugs and alcohol

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      February 26, 2021 11:04 AM

      Neglect your steam backlog

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      February 26, 2021 12:59 PM

      Pretty good tips. Transitioning from work back to home is not as easy as it may sound. I've struggled with this. The kids are done with school long before I'm done with work. When they don't hear me on a call they start coming in to talk to me, or asking me if I'm done working. When I am done they want to pounce on me for whatever; usually dinner. I love them dearly, but it's hard to go straight shutting down the laptop into dad mode and jump to the kitchen to start dinner. I hadn't realized how much I needed commute time to transition. Usually I listen to an audiobook on the way home. Now I've started trying to watch an episode of Star Trek as my transition. I can't always get to do this, but when I do it def helps to clear my head and decompress from the day.

      I wish there was a way to replace walking the floor and talking to people randomly. Now it's only an IM or you have to schedule a call. Just not the same. And, I've found I walk a whole lot less because of it. These kinds of things I miss the office.

      I DON'T miss spending hundreds a month on gas though. Gassing up only like once a month has been great. Also no toll fees and generally less wear on the car.

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      February 26, 2021 1:37 PM

      I need to rebuild my habit of showering first thing in the morning. I've let the chaos of getting kids sorted out gradually take over my morning ritual.

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        February 26, 2021 2:10 PM

        Same here. My morning routine is completely shot. I might actually try something completely different. I like watching cartoons with my kids. Except they short circuit their routine to get ready if I just leave it on and I'm on my own getting ready to work. I want to try getting everyone breakfast at once, we all sit down, I control the tv - put on DuckTales or something short, and the tv is off when it's over and they have to be finished with breakfast by that same time. Then they have time to get dressed, etc. Should put me on a routine as well to not start working in my pjs.

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      February 26, 2021 2:21 PM

      i love that the hero image for this is a guy aimlessly clicking his pen while a giant clock screensaver is displayed on the monitor. i can relate

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      February 26, 2021 2:36 PM

      I try to go eat lunch on a patio at a local restaurant ~3 times a week. Fresh air, gets me away from the work screen, and supports local places.

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      February 26, 2021 3:10 PM

      Have a puppy that loves you.

      Coding at home with a puppy sleeping at your feet who occasionally wants a cuddle was the single best mental health pick me up when I was working from home

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