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Improving your mental health while working from home

Many people thrive in a home working environment and find setting up a home office to crack on with their daily to-do list just as motivating and positive – if not more so – than going into a physical workplace. However, many employees can find that engagement and mood can begin to lower as the days go on while working from home, meaning that the mental health of many workers can suffer if they’re not in an enjoyable or motivating working environment. Here are several ways to help improve the mental health of those that are working from home.

Keep your day structured

Even though you may not need to be up and out of the house at the same time each morning, it’s still important to keep a routine to your day. By waking up at the same time each morning, you’re setting your body clock to a regular and reliable cycle, meaning there’s less chance of lying in bed wide awake and are more likely to get a good night’s sleep instead. As well as this, make sure you’re getting dressed each morning as opposed to wearing pyjamas or loungewear – this will help to psychologically prepare you for a full and productive workday. Another useful tip is to keep your lunch break at the same time as you would at work, this will help to keep you focused during working hours.

Get enough sunlight

Getting out and about each day is not only good for your physical and mental health, but it will help to release endorphins and increase vitamin D intake. Even 20 minutes of walking outdoors on your lunch break will increase your mood and productivity going into the afternoon, so make this a part of your working week while working at home. If you’re unable to leave the house or find yourself drowning in work, position your office set up next to a window or open door to enjoy the benefits of sunlight while you work. There are a wide range of windows and doors from Quickslide that allow maximum light to fill your living room if you’re looking to upgrade and open up your space.

Spend time with your pets

Pets are not only brilliant company, but spending time with them has proven to help with mental health issues, boost mood and increase wellbeing. Research[1] conducted with cat and non-cat owning respondents found that 87% of those who owned a cat felt it had a positive impact on their wellbeing, with 76% saying they could cope with everyday life much better thanks to the company of their furry friend. So, while working from home, be sure to spend some time cuddling your pet in order to help you feel more positive.

Keep healthy

Working at home can often mean that there’s easier access to sweet treats in the cupboard, but be careful not to compromise your immune system by snacking on sugary and processed foods. It is important to eat regularly, as you would at work, as well as healthily throughout the day, by snacking on fruit and veg. These small changes to your diet will increase your overall mental and physical health, making you work from home even more productively.

[1] https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/p/pets-and-mental-health