Taking care of your mind and body should always be a top priority when it comes to living your best life — but in these trying times, it’s more important than ever. If you’re beginning to feel trapped and stagnant as you adjust to working from home, here are five tips to help keep your mind sharp and your body healthy from your home office. Above: A home office at 4608 Meadowood Road in Dallas, represented by Faisal Halum
Try some yoga
Whether or not you currently attend a yoga class or have tried it from home, you are likely familiar with the practice. A blend of stretching for the body and meditation for the mind, yoga can boost your mental and physical fitness by improving sleep, busting stress, strengthening your heart and more. What’s more, yoga studios can bring professional instruction directly to you, with both live streaming classes and on-demand options.
Don’t lose touch
Practicing social distancing doesn’t mean that you can't connect with loved ones. Using FaceTime or other video-call programs, or apps such Houseparty, give us the chance to catch up virtually – face to face. Maintaining these relationships keeps you connected with the world that matters.
Take a break!
Between completing your job-related tasks, trying to absorb — or avoid — the nonstop news cycle, and potentially keeping your child — or children — busy, working from home can be stressful. Give your mind a rest with a nap, listening to some favorite music, reading from a magazine or book, or even taking a relaxing shower or bath. Studies show that even just a minute of deep breathing can relieve stress.
Plan your meals — and enjoy them
Making fewer trips to the grocery store means that you’ve likely stocked your pantry. But, being in close proximity to that stockpile might make you more inclined to snack more frequently. Resist the urge by creating a schedule, and prepare for meals in advance. Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t eat well either: There are many, many tips on how to make hearty — and healthy — comforting meals.
If you have to leave your house for essentials, staying healthy means sticking to a cleanliness regimen. Any time you return home, wash your hands properly. It’s also a good idea to daily disinfect high-traffic surfaces such as countertops, doorknobs, bathroom furnishings and fixtures, light switches, phones, gaming controllers and remotes. Remember that we are all in this together. Sharing what works for you on social media or through conversation may help others who are struggling to adjust. Your network of clients and colleagues may benefit from your successes — and you from theirs. #inthistogether Top of story: A home office at 4608 Meadowood Road in Dallas, represented by Faisal Halum Come visit us at the new briggsfreeman.com — lots to see and learn.