Move Your Body
Moving your body has tons of health benefits, but did you know it can make you feel better AND make you better at your job? According to Harvard Medical School "The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells." This can improve memory and the quality of your thoughts according to the article!
How much exercise do you need to do to reap the benefits? 120 minutes of heart pumping activity a week will do the trick.
Vary Your Environment
It turns out there is something called "the coffee shop effect" that suggest that background noise stimulates sensory signals in the brain. In fact, according to this Inc.com article and research done by Onno van der Groen, a neuropsychology researcher, "background-noise-induced sensory signals help the brain break out of a mental rut to see things from new perspectives."
Where can you go that's not your home? Try local coffee shops, coworking spaces, parks, and libraries to stimulate you brain!
Have a Good Work Setup
Being distracted by your gear can be a major productivity killer. When your survey workers around our coworking space, there are a few things that they need to have to ensure they're getting more good work done:
Get A Community
Working solo is great. But even the most introverted of employees can use a little company now and again. As the months slip into years of working from home, it turns out that being alone for days and days on end can start to wear you down. In fact, according to Julianne Holt-Lunstad, PhD, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University is quoted to report that "There is robust evidence that social isolation and loneliness significantly increase risk for premature mortality, and the magnitude of the risk exceeds that of many leading health indicators." (www.apa.org/monitor/2019/05/ce-corner-isolation)
Where can you find community? I mean, as a coworking space, we're clearly biased. Our community is vibrant and helpful and acts as both a source of friendship and lucrative business relationships. But if coworking isn't your thing, you can also volunteer in your community, join a club or an organization like the YMCA to ensure you're getting exposure to your community.
What you likely know is that making friends as an adult is hard, so you have to be brave and reach out to people around you to start building a relationship. You know what? We believe in you!
Wrapping It Up
Whether you love or hate remote work, actively managing it is the key to making it work for you. The true meaning of self-care is ensuring your basic needs are met. We like to say around here that we are slightly more complicated houseplants and without basic care and feeding, you'll wilt. Take care of yourself and stay perky.