Life is finally starting to resemble a more familiar and normal way of life after the last few years of restrictions. We have learnt to go about our daily life in a different way, working from home, finding different ways to exercise and spending leisure time outdoors more than we ever did before.
So as life returns to normal, it is important that we maintain a work life balance and continue to focus on self-care.
- If you are continuing to work from home, avoid getting into the trap of working all hours. Go for a walk, run, or engage in some sort of activity. At the end of your working day, close down your computer and head out the door for another walk. It is a great time to switch your mind from work life to home life.
- Working from home has meant losing the daily commute walk or train ride. Finding ways of incorporating this back into life along with your commute can be challenging and it is important to try and look at ways of incorporating exercise into your commute. Walking, cycling or running part of the way to work might be one way of doing this. Once at work you can you take the stairs instead of waiting for a lift. Productivity has been shown to increase in people who exercise throughout the day, especially in the afternoon. Instead of eating lunch at your desk, take a step outside the office and get some fresh air by taking a short walk.
- Stress affects everyone daily but knowing the effects of chronic stress can help people understand the importance of self-care. Long-term stress leads to physical consequences, including digestive issues, chronic pain, mental health issues and burnout. If you can, try to get outdoors for your exercise; our stress levels are at our lowest when we reunite with nature.
- Try and schedule in social, family and “me” time and make it a priority to schedule time with yourself and your loved ones. Whether this means a date night with your partner, socialising with friends or watching your favourite program on TV, schedule it into your calendar and don’t allow yourself to postpone it.
- And at the end of the day five-minutes of deep breathing can help us finish up our day and prepare us for the next day. Reflect on what went well in your day and your goals for the next day. Checking items off your to-do list can give you that feeling of accomplishment and positivity.
If you are struggling with an ongoing niggle or injury, have neck pain from working at your desk or a sore knee from taking up running, our physiotherapists at the Home Physio Group are here to help. We can also guide you on incorporating rehabilitation and self-care into your daily routine to ensure a sustainable work life balance.
For more information, please contact us on 0330 335 1016 or alternatively please fill out our contact sheet and we will get back to you.