The last several years have seen a change in how we operate within the world. What started as social distancing and heavy closures of many businesses led to a dramatic shift in how much time is spent at home by the average person. Remote work opportunities and health concerns have caused many families to stay at home far more than in years past.
As a result of this trend, supporting healthy lifestyle choices has become a popular topic. The isolation that many experienced while staying home led to a wave of adverse mental health effects, and a decreased need to leave the house flipped daily habits upside down.
Whether you are stuck at home for health reasons or have found a remote work opportunity, continuing to support your health is very important. Even though you may feel happier being at home more often, there could be some cons to the situation that are negatively affecting your health. Here are some practices to incorporate to support your health while staying at home.
Engage Your Creativity
Mental health is a topic that we are learning more about every year, and the last several years have accelerated the need for this research. One thing that can support mental health is by participating in stimulating activities. Getting creative at home can reduce burnout, improve your mood, and give you a specific goal to accomplish. By engaging your mind and working with your hands, you are “exercising” your brain and supporting overall health. You can even invite others into the activity, which makes for a great way to include children in your interests.
Any size project that improves your home could be worth doing. This is another activity that will have a tangible result that you can be proud of and a goal to accomplish. The feeling that comes with a completed project provides a boost to your mental health. Additionally, home renovation projects can increase the resale value of the property if you ever plan to sell, so they are a good investment to make. Since you are spending more time at home, it is also beneficial to mold the space to suit your tastes, especially if you are experiencing that location more than you ever have, such as an office space or the living room.
Change Your Diet
Physical health is just as important as mental health, and one of the best ways to support your body physically is with a balanced diet. Many people are missing out on key nutrients because of their food choices. Your cells need a lot of different vitamins and minerals to function well, and the only way to get the supply levels you need is by eating the right foods. Ensuring that your eating habits include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy is critical to supporting your body’s health.
To support a healthy diet, you can also add supplements. Supplements promote cellular health by providing carefully balanced levels of vitamins and minerals in a consumable form such as a capsule or gel. Adding these can support vibrant health from balanced diet choices.
Spend Time Outside
Just as being stuck in an office environment can affect your health, staying in the house all day can have similar effects. It is important to get outside and experience fresh air and sunlight during the day. The health benefits are numerous and will positively impact you both physically and mentally. Spending time outside is proven to benefit wellness in many ways, so be sure to take breaks from being stuck in the living room or home office for long periods.
Re-Organize a Room
Sometimes, a change is as good as a rest. When you start to get tired of spending so much time in the same few rooms of the house, maybe it is time to do a little re-organizing. Try shifting the furniture to create a new layout. In some cases, you might be able to open up extra square footage and change the atmosphere of the room simply by moving a couch to a different area. If one room seems to contain a lot of clutter, consider adding some unique storage to the space such as wall shelves or furniture with makeshift drawers. You can save space and clear the clutter at the same time, creating a big change in the room and a fresh look. Laying out a room to foster a better connection with your family and guests can also benefit emotional health. These small changes could be enough to make you enjoy the space in a new way and rid you of the boredom that you had been feeling.
Find a Routine That Works
Shifting to a stay-at-home lifestyle will cause big changes in your health. Physical habits will have to adapt, your home might become your workspace as well, and you may become restless.
By experimenting with some of these ideas, you can find new routines that will support your overall wellness so that you can enjoy the lifestyle change rather than regret it. Before you wish you were back in the office, give them a shot and see if they can improve your well-being.