The last 17 months may have been extremely trying, but there have also been positives. Many learned a better work life balance or found comfort working from home. Although you may be excited to be back in the office, socializing with your colleagues, it is important to maintain what was gained, and our wellness team at Natural Alignments, can help.
How can we improve our work life balance now that we’re no longer working from home?
There are 3 main areas of focus to create our perfect work environment: your physical desk set up to reduce the strain of working from a desk setting boundaries to improve your mental health, and nutrition for long sustained energy.
When focusing on your physical health, one way is to make your workspace more comfortable. This does not mean bringing a couch into the office. You may have noticed as you worked from your kitchen or living room, that you had increased shoulder, back, and neck pain. Coming home from the office every day with the same physical pain makes it even harder to go in every day. So, let’s focus on making your days more comfortable so you can enjoy your nights at home like you should be able to.
There has been no shortage of conversation around ergonomic desk set up through this last year. One of the simplest ways to alleviate tension accumulated through the day is to simply make sure your desk is set up in the best possible way for your body. Although it may seem like a daunting task, once it’s done you won’t have to think about it again. However, it is not the only thing that can, or even should, be done to make your workdays healthier and happier.
Another very simple way to help your mental and physical health is to just take more breaks. Perhaps include a lunch hour walk or take an express lunchtime yoga class in our studio! Or if you’ve completed a task you’ve been focusing on for just a little too long, simply stand up, do a quick stretch, walk-around your desk and get the blood flowing a little. Know your limits and stop before you reach them. You may have been doing this while at home without even thinking about it. It’s important to keep this habit as you move back to the office.
Finally, it is important to observe what you are consuming. Whether you are preparing your lunches/snacks or eating out be aware of high value foods and foods that will leave you feeling lethargic later in the day.
If you would like some advice on nutritious snacks + meal prep, rehabilitating or preventing a physical injury, proper desk set up or understanding how to set work life boundaries for our mental health please give us a call or pop into our wellness clinic + yoga studio!