For most of us, so long as we have a laptop and a secure Internet connection for our freelancing, then we can work wherever (and, sometimes whenever) we want. However, despite this, it seems like many of us still prefer to freelance from home for the sake of optimal convenience.
With home being a crossroads of sorts for personal and professional distractions, there’s an added responsibility of paying attention to keeping as physically healthy as possible. There are several things to consider if you’re a freelancer who’s working from home and looking to either maintain, or obtain, great physical health.
Cut the caffeine. Sure, this could be a tough one, particularly for those who rely on caffeine to start their day and maintain their productivity. Some people are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than others, so if you’ve been having problems with anxiety, or insomnia, try cutting back on your caffeine intake to see if that might be the source.
Strike a balance between sitting and standing. It’s easy to become so absorbed in your work that you don’t realize that it’s been hours since you’ve last moved your legs, whether it’s via a sitting or a standing desk. Too much immobility not only can weaken your muscles, it can cause serious circulation problems. So, as soon as you start to feel those feet and legs get a little numb or tingly, get moving! Speaking of which…
Make time each day to at least lightly exercise. For some, this could be taking a break from working for the sake of lunch and a walk. For others, perhaps it might be a bit more activity in the form of a jog or run. Whichever form of exercise you choose, be sure to gradually condition yourself into a routine that can be a real stress release at the same time.
Hydrate mindfully. We’ve already discussed the potential perils of caffeine, so now it’s time to focus on what is, without a doubt, one of the best things to drink: water. Plain is preferable, but if that’s not to your taste, then flavored water is better than drinking no water at all. One idea is to keep a bottle of water on your desk or within eyesight of your workspace as a reminder to drink it moderately throughout the day. You just might find that your skin is clearer/brighter, and sinus/headache problems subside or even disappear!
Eat for nutrition more than for fun. That seems like a boring concept, but it’s true. Besides, it’s very easy, particularly when freelancing from home, to eat whenever and whatever. After all, if a project is particularly stressful, you deserve to reward yourself with that pint of ice cream or that box of French fries, right? Wrong! Too much sugar, and starches can not only cause a myriad of health problems, they can actually contribute to sluggishness.
In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to find foods that are not only healthier for you, they taste just as delicious as their unhealthy counterparts. If you know that you really should be eating more comprehensively, take some time to visit your local grocery store and really evaluate the alternatives to your current way of eating. Although eating proportionate meals and healthy snacks can take a significant amount of self-discipline, it’s a journey worth taking. After all, the healthy freelancer is the happy freelancer!
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