Wellness and Working Remotely
Helpful Tips and Resources
- Make a commitment to getting outside every day for fresh air and sunlight
- Eat healthy
- Drink lots of water (keep water on desk/work area)
- Take 5 minute breaks each hour to stand, stretch, walk around your space
- Maintain your exercise routine by using free online resources
- Take mental breaks and schedule these into your calendar (incorporate into physical break)
- Try breathing exercises, mindfulness apps (such as "Headspace").
- Leave work "at work" outside of normal work hours whenever possible.
- Communicate as frequently as possible, to maintain connections
- Make good use of internal social sites such as Jabber/Zoom with colleagues
- Encourage "face time" for virtual coffee/tea breaks, casual conversations, sharing healthy recipes & wellness tips, etc...
- Ensure workspace is set up properly and you have what you need, de-clutter spaces. If possible, a more secluded and quiet place in your home.
- Don’t’ attempt to work as soon as you get up. Use commuting time to take a pre-work walk, prepare nutritious food for the day, read, write in journal,…
- Take a lunch break away from your office space
- Dress appropriately (within reason)
- Keep a regular work schedule and turn off computer by a certain time each day and walk away
- Establish a routine to start off and end your day, create a habit that signals the start/close of the workday
- Sit in an "up-right" chair, like you would at your office desk (be mindful of "tech neck" and other ergonomic needs)
- Maintain or create a schedule for your children
- Set boundaries with household members
- Ensure everyone respects your work area as a place of business
- Alternate responsibilities and shifts with your partner
- Let family and friends who might be calling and texting while you work from home what your hours are for non-emergency contact
- The Ultimate Parent's Lockdown Guide (courtesy of Boston Magazine)
- Register for Tufts Health Plan Choose Healthy FREE Resource Library
- Includes topics such as Live Healthy, Eat Well, Move More, Stress Less, etc...
- Virtual Health Care Telehealth
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Includes: confidential counseling, legal and financial services, dependent care resources, additional online resources
- EAP Work-Life Program (pdf)
What is social distancing?
- Maintain a 6-foot distance with other people
- Minimize human contact
- Avoid public transportation whenever possible
- Limit nonessential travel
- Work from home
- Avoid social gatherings
Every single reduction in the amount of contact you have per day will have a significant impact on the ability of the virus to spread in the population.