Working Remotely? 5 Simple Ways To Recharge


Transitioning from the office to working remotely was an adjustment, but then you settled in—maybe too much. If your once temporary arrangement now seems open-ended and you need to recharge your routine, try these tips to get you started.

  1. Change your point of view. Getting a fresh perspective can be as simple as turning your desk around or hanging new artwork. Give your workspace a new atmosphere with softer lightbulbs, or you can try adding a table lamp or floor lamp for multiple levels of light.
  2. Pay attention to your posture. Sitting up straight can strengthen your core, improve your mood, and reduce neck strain. Hours spent in a worn chair can impact your body’s blood circulation and may cause lower back pain. A proper desk chair is an important investment that can enhance your quality of life, support your health and increase productivity.
  3. Schedule s-t-r-e-t-c-h breaks. Chances are, you’re spending more time sitting now that you work from home, which means you have to be intentional about being physically active throughout the day. Stretching is a simple, yet effective way to improve posture while increasing your range of motion and relieving stress.
  4. Take time to walk. Get up and go outside. Walk your dog or simply stride around your neighborhood. “Over time, you’ll recognize your daily walks are helping you return to your desk with a clearer head for problem-solving, a lighter mood and reduced anxiety,” says John Mogerman, M.D.
  5. Reconnect. Whether you consider yourself a people person or not, we all need some social interaction. Meet-up with a co-worker at the park or make a lunch date with a friend. Even virtual social interaction can fill the void when in-person isn’t an option.

Regardless of whether you’re still working from home or you’re back in the office, be sure to protect your overall health by keeping up with recommended exams, screenings and immunizations. Screenings help detect diseases in their early, most treatable stages.

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Dr. John Mogerman is board certified in psychiatry and sees patients at Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson.

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