Work from home without gaining weight (or losing your mind)

Posted on Mar 13th, 2012 | Productivity

Stuffy nose, sore throat, headache? How about lethargy, pale skin and flabbiness? If this sounds all too familiar, you could be suffering from a condition called ‘working from home’.

It’s probably not what you were expecting when you started your freelance career. In fact, you probably imagined that with the freedom to plan your own schedule, you’d be fitter and healthier than ever. You dreamt of starting the day with an early morning jog, perhaps fit in a lunchtime swim, and with no office biscuit tin to tempt you, your diet would improve too.

But then reality bit and between hitting deadlines and multi-tasking as marketing manager, finance director and ops controller, finding the time for healthy eating and exercise fell by the wayside. And now you’re mainlining coffee, counting Jaffa cakes as one of your five-a-day, and a lack of fresh air has left you paler than the cast of Twilight.

Unhealthy Lifestyle = Unhealthy Bank Balance

An unhealthy lifestyle is bad news for freelancers. With no sick pay or duvet days, it’s crucial that you stay fit and at the top of your game. Bad habits will lead to burn-out, whilst a healthy routine will boost productivity and maximise your success.

Luckily, just a few simple changes are all it takes to turn an unfit freelancer into a lean, mean freelancing machine. Fit these positive habits into your daily routine and you’ll be a healthier, happier, more productive freelancer in no time:

Eat Properly

You already know the rules. Eat regularly. Choose the healthy stuff. Go easy on the chocolate and crisps. Get your five-a-day and drink plenty water. It really is that simple.

Get Your Zzz’s

Burning the midnight oil once in a while isn’t a problem but if you’re pulling all-nighters on a regular basis, you need to stop. A lack of sleep can lead to irritability and a lack of concentration – so get some rest.

Enjoy the Fresh Air

If you work from home, it’s easy to go all day without leaving the house. But natural daylight triggers the feel-good hormone serotonin which is crucial for your emotional wellbeing. A breath of fresh air will also give you an oxygen boost, helping you stay alert.

Socialise in the Real World

The life of a freelancer can be a lonely one, particularly if you work from home every day and only interact with clients by phone or email. So get out and meet people. This could be as simple as seeing a friend for lunch, or joining a networking or social group in your local area.

Get Moving

Finding the time to exercise can be tough but it’s important for good health. And the great thing about working from home is that you have more time to fit exercise into your routine. Without the morning and evening commute, you’ve probably gained at least an hour a day. And because you’re not tied to a 9 ‘til 5 working day, you can take advantage of off-peak membership at your local gym.

Try including these activities in your daily routine and see the difference it makes to your wellbeing and productivity. Got a healthy freelancing tip? Post it in the comment section below.

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Written by Jenny Catton

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