How to avoid fatigue working from home
It's common for those who work remotely from home to experience lack of energy and exhaustion during their working day. To people who travel elsewhere to work, it may seem perplexing how working from home can be tiring - those who work from home don't have to get up early in the morning and travel a distance to the office, so how could they complain about being drained?! How could someone who gets to sit behind a screen all day, work in their pyjamas and snack whenever they want to possibly get tired?
It turns out, there’s legitimate reason behind the working-from-home exhaustion. Here’s why working from home can leave one feeling drained, and more importantly, what you can do about it!
You're sitting behind a screen all day
Staring at a screen for extended hours every day is mentally taxing. Additionally, your eyes have to work extra hard to keep reading on a computer screen, and this is tiring not just for your eyes but for your brain, too. Many people who work behind screens all day report that they experience headaches, eye strain, dry eyes, tiredness and reduced productivity.
Nadeem Rob, leading optometrist at London-based opticians, explains that constantly looking at things that are closer to us than further in the distance is what's making our eyes work harder as a result. He encourages those working on any screen at home or in the office to remember the 20/20/20 rule - after 20 minutes of screen time, look outside the window at a distance of 20 feet, for 20 seconds. This gives our eyes the opportunity to relax.
It's the common case of cabin fever. Those who work from home are pretty much bound to the same environment the whole day and whole night. The lack of scenery change can make your spirit feel dull and unmotivated. You're also missing out on social interactions that you would have experienced in an office environment or from taking public transport, etc.
Working all alone in the same 4 walls day after day can get extremely mundane and draining. Schedule lunch breaks and use them to do something creative or fun. Schedule lunch dates with your friends or go for a run in the park. You'll have something to look forward to every day, and you'll return to your desk feeling rejuvenated!
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Unhealthy eating habits
Working from home, the kitchen is right there, and you don't need to ask for anyone's approval every time you want to grab a snack or have a meal! The easy access to the fridge and pantry could pose a problem, especially for those who are stress eaters or who eat more when bored.
Eating too much, or eating too many unhealthy snacks, leaves most people feeling sluggish, bloated and unenergetic. Unhealthy weight-gain is another health concern.
Tip: Rather snack on healthy, organic and sustainable food and snacks that will rather leave you feeling energised and light! You can also try packing a lunch and healthy snacks as though you’re going to work and take an official lunch break instead of snacking throughout the day.
Lots of distractions
When you work from home, it's difficult to separate your home/personal life from your work life, and you can find yourself being overwhelmed when you have both work and home responsibilities swirling together. It can be tiring and sometimes it even leads to burnouts with so many thoughts and worries running around your mind.
When you go to work elsewhere, outside the home, it's much easier to switch off your personal thoughts and everyday worries, and the great thing is that at the end of the day, you can leave work behind and not bring it home!
If you can, find a spot in your house that is only used for work purposes and nothing else. Working from the bed or couch is nice, but it’s easy to forget you’re supposed to be in work mode. It might be necessary to instruct anybody who lives with you not to disturb you during work hours.
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Lack of movement
One of the biggest problems experienced when working from home is long hours of inactivity. Day after day, hour after hour, you remain seated in a chair with no need to leave the house. Excessive sitting can affect your mental health, metabolism, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, skeletal health and more! Inactivity also leads to unhealthy weight gain and reduced functioning of the brain.
As strange as it seems, inactivity leads to lower energy levels and causes both physical and mental fatigue. Go for a walk or jog in the morning before work or during your lunch break. You can also find really cool YouTube workout videos that you can do at home without needing to use any equipment.
Tip: Compliment your exercise schedule with organic superfoods that you can add to smoothies, salads and post-workout shakes, or try Solgar L-Carnitine, a high potency formula that boosts energy levels and enhances exercise performance.
For prolonged exhaustion that never seems to go away, take a course of Feelgood Health Fatigue Fighter, along with a top quality multivitamin like Solgar Formula VM-2000, to make sure that your body has all the nutrients it needs.
Do you work from home? Let us know in the comments how you keep yourself going during the working day!
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