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  • Writer's pictureAnnie-Mai Hodge

Staying energised when working from home | A complete guide

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

As more of us begin to work from home due to COVID-19, our initial thoughts might not be thinking about how to stay energised and active. In an ideal world, work would pause when we are feeling sluggish and tired, and as we all know - life definitely doesn't pause. This is why it is vital to ensure that we are consuming a balanced diet that is full of all the essential nutrients we need.  

Now that many of us have been working from home for a while, it’s a good idea to be mindful when it comes to keeping ourselves energised and ready for the weeks and months ahead. It's hard to think about our health when there's so much going on in the world, let alone trying to incorporate work, fitness routines and a balanced diet. There never seems to be enough time in the day to simply rejuvenate and get prepared for whatever the week has prepared for us. In this blog, I have compiled a few easy tips that you can inject into your day to help you feel more energised and motivated. 

Make the most of your morning

Unless you're one of the lucky few, no one likes waking up early in the morning, but this time is crucial to feeling more energised throughout the day. Although it may be the last thing you want to do, you should set aside some time in the morning to get an extra 10-15 minutes of exercise before you start work. Get your blood pumping with a home workout, participate in some yoga, or get into a mindful headspace by mediating.

Ensure you stick to a balanced diet

When you're working from home, it can be easy to let your diet slip. However, it’s essential to ensure that you’re consuming a balanced diet, as well as avoiding too much sugar – which will end up giving you the dreaded sugar crash. Something you may not know is how crucial vitamin B12 is. Our bodies produce this vitamin, but we are unable to absorb it. This means that we need to source it from somewhere else as it plays a huge role in our overall health. Vitamin B12 supports your nervous system, promotes a healthy glow to your skin and maintains blood cell formation. You’ll be able to find B12 in many foods, such as meats, seafood, dairy and cereals.

Good quality sleep is essential 

As the clocks go forward and we have extended daylight hours, it can be difficult to stay well-rested. Getting enough undisturbed sleep is crucial for preparing yourself for the day ahead, but this doesn’t mean you should sleep for longer. If you sleep for too long, you may feel more sluggish than you did to begin with. The most important part of sleeping is the quality of sleep and not the length. Ensure that your room helps you feel calm, relaxed and sleepy – you can do this by making sure you have no clutter surrounding you, fresh bedding and no phone, TV, laptops on.

This time is a strange one for everyone, and it can be easy to get into a bad routine when you're having to work from home. But, if you add a few small changes into your daily routine, you will find yourself feeling more energised, calm and ready for the days ahead. 

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