How to keep healthy and reduce stress while working at home – here’s our top five tips for successful online freelancer career.
Working from home makes you responsible of your own health while working. You’ve become your own HR and Health & Safety manager.
Eat breakfast every day
Eat healthy and nutritious breakfast to star your day. After long night sleep your body and brain needs energy, and having a breakfast will also kick-start your metabolism for the day. Keep breakfast on the healthy side, and not too heavy so you don’t fall back to sleep again. While having your breakfast read a newspaper and see what’s happening around the world or even better have breakfast with your family and chat. It is best to keep breakfast time work free so you can slowly wake-up and get ready for the day ahead.
Start the day by planning your day
Make a short list of things you want to achieve today – and stick with it. Check out any outstanding tasks from yesterday’s list and add new tasks from clients. Planning your day reduces stress and keeps you on top of all the outstanding tasks. Ticking of to do list brings you feeling of achievement! Choose easiest and most convenient way to record your tasks, there are many mobile apps and project management software’s our there. Remember its ok to say no to a client if you are fully booked for the day.
Exercise is important for health reasons but its one of the best stress reduction techniques out there. It is very important to give your brain a break from constant thinking and noise plus loosen up those stiff shoulders, back and neck. Some research do suggest its best to do exercise first thing in the morning, but no matter what time it is when you do it, it will be beneficial not only to your health but also your work results.
Take regular breaks throughout the day
Its important to have breaks throughout the date so that you can give your brains much needed break as well as move around. Sitting for prolonged time is bad for your health in the long run. Take a 15 minutes break every few hours, and go for a walk around the block, do a short exercise routine to move your shoulders, back and neck, read a newspaper, make cup of coffee or whatever you think is good way to break your day. Same goes for your lunch, eat it away from your computer!
Invest to a high quality office chair
One of the best investments into yourself and your home based business. In short term it might be ok to work from kitchen table but working long term with poor ergonomics can have negative effects on your health and well-being. This should be on top of the your shopping list when starting your online freelancer career.