When it comes to health, there should be no room for any sort of compromise. Taking care of oneself should be the top priority at all times. Working remotely, with the need for being highly productive at all times, and with the fact that you might often have nobody to tell you that the work day is over, it could happen that you spend an excessive amount of time in front of your screen. You might lose the ability to distinguish between whether you live to work or work to live. This is obviously not a good thing to do and you could be putting yourself in grave danger. We have put together some self care apps to help you with taking care of yourself. But before going to the list of the self care apps, here are reasons on why it is important and where you might be playing with it.
Jennifer talks about how remote work changed her life for the better. However, she also talks about making conscious effort to do stuff and take care of herself. The reason being that since everything is available at the click of a button, she tends to slip into hermit mode. Not only her, but most remote workers we have spoken to have told us how they often go into a zone of neglecting their health due to loneliness and the things they do to tackle this.
We have written about the science behind self care and how you need to practice it daily. In this article, we will be focusing more on what are the various ways you may be harming yourself while working. You may have never given a second thought to any of these. Or you may have straightup ignored them. It is however high time to focus and get your health back on track.
Places you may be neglecting your health while working remotely
- Posture: How do you sit and work? Straight/ hunched/ pulling off some wacky position? If the question applicable to you is 'do you sit and work' then there are chances that you have already damaged your spine quite a bit. Poor posture while sitting can cause compression on the discs in your spine and can lead to premature degeneration, which results in chronic pain. Get a desk and chair adjusted to a comfortable height. Try apps such as Fix Posture and PoseAlert to ensure you do not cause permanent damage.
- Eye Strain: Given that you are in front of your computer all the time, you might have experienced some discomfort. Long stretches of screen time cause the eyes to get dry and irritated. Studies show that people of all ages blink far less often when concentrating on a screen, which in turn causes the eyes to dry out. A clear and stable tear film on the surface of the eye is essential for clear vision. Try apps such as Breaks for Eyes and f.lux to help your eyes.
- Stress and Anxiety: We have written about how your cortisol levels can be greatly affected. This happens when you pressure yourself to deliver and are not able to do so peacefully. There are a number of ways you can use to decompress in such a situation. The various challenges can be solved if dealt with well. However, also make use of tools such as Anxiety relief and Happier You to calm yourself.
- Physical Fitness: When your home is also your office, it could happen that you are living at work. Work and break time can get mixed up and you would be then not able to distinguish between the two. Due to this, you might end up not walking, running or even getting fresh air. As a result, physical fitness is ignored. Try apps such as 7 Minute Workout and ExerGuide for this.
- Sleep Habits: Out of anxiety, you may be cutting down on the sleep you get. It could also be that since now you don't have to go to an office, you sleep in every day. Oversleeping and lack of sleep are equally harmful in the long run as they directly affect your metabolism and energy. To correct theses habits, try apps like Slumber and Sleep Cycle. We have also put together some ways to help you decompress that will help you sleep better. Do check them out.
Do the above apply to you? Or can you say that you are a perfectly healthy individual? Do write to us and let us know.