11 Jul Maintaining a healthy lifestyle when working from home
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle has benefits not just for your health and wellbeing, but also in boosting the productivity of your home business.
If you take care of yourself, you’ll be able to take care of your home business and make it a success.
Exercise helps you to maintain or improve your physical fitness, health and general wellbeing.
Exercise releases endorphins that elevate your mood. Regular exercise has been shown to have positive impacts on a person’s mood and overall wellbeing. So if you’re feeling stressed – exercise is a great way to forget your worries.
If you find it hard to set aside an hour or so each day, you could break up your exercise regime into smaller sessions. For example, you could jog for 20 minutes in the morning, do 20 minutes of pushups or situps before lunch, and then finish with 15 minutes of weights later in the afternoon.
Exercising regularly will make you feel happier and more energised.
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It’s easy to fall into a pattern of eating unhealthy snacks, like chocolates or potato chips. The afternoon hits, you’re looking for a quick energy boost and that chocolate bar beckons you with an easy solution.
The trick is to substitute unhealthy snacks, for healthy (and tasty) ones – such as fruit and nuts. A handful of berries and some nuts will give you an energy boost without the guilt. Bananas are another great option, they’re nature’s pre-packaged snack food!
It’s easy to work for hours at home without taking any breaks. You get on a roll, and perhaps there’s no one else at home to disrupt your work.
Here’s the thing, you’ll be more productive if you take regular breaks.
Working long hours uninterrupted means more mistakes, because fatigue sets in and your concentration wanes. In some circumstances, this can also be dangerous (if you’re operating machinery for example).
You’ll do your best work when you’re properly rested.
Get some sleep!
Sleep is crucial for being able to function properly.
Lack of sleep negatively affects your concentration, motor skills and mood. That’s not a great recipe for successfully running a home business!
It can be helpful to establish a routine bed time and wake up time. It doesn’t have to be exact, it could be something like ‘between 10:00pm and 11:30pm’. The aim is to achieve some consistency.
Of course you may need to accommodate for others in the household, so that the timing works for everyone, in which case it makes sense to discuss your work hours with your family or significant other.
One of the hard things about running a home business, can be the lack of regular interaction with other people.
It’s important that you’re able to share your thoughts and your worries with someone else. It could be a friend or family member, or it could be other small business operators.
If you’re experiencing depression or anxiety, you can contact beyondblue for support. The beyondblue Support Service is delivered by trained mental health professionals and is completely confidential. Millions of Australians experience depression or anxiety. Last year 150,000 people in Australia contacted beyondblue.
Connecting with others can also help you to grow your home business, as you can learn a lot from what has and hasn’t worked for other people. I often say “it’s much cheaper to learn from other people’s mistakes than your own“. Often someone else has already solved a problem that you face, but you won’t know if you don’t make those connections with people.
Even if you’re geographically isolated, living in a remote country area for example; you can still connect with people via video chat, forums and many other channels. For example, Flying Solo has a forum for Australian small business operators.
Celebrate your wins
It’s worth taking a step back from time to time and reflecting on what you’ve done well and all the things that you’ve achieved.
We all remember (and hopefully learn from) our mistakes, but sometimes we forget our successes all too quickly.
You could set yourself some goals and assign rewards for meeting them. The reward could be dinner at your favourite restaurant, a new watch, or even a holiday overseas. Assign rewards commensurate with the challenges that you’ve set yourself. The rewards don’t have to be expensive, they just need to be activities or items that make you smile.
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