Working From Home

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So many of us are doing it, including the whole “Friend” team. It’s not ideal, but while we don’t have any choice it’s a good idea to have a look at some health tips to keep you fit and happy if you’re working from home.

From slippers to screen

This is a divisive one.

Some people like to roll out of bed straight to their computers while others prefer to get up and treat the early morning as they would if they were going into the office.

Whatever works for you is fine, but getting out of your pyjamas will make you feel more “work-orientated”.

Lists, lists and lists

Why should it be any different from the office? Try to plan your day and set aside times for answering emails etc.

Try to do it at the same time each day so it feels like a routine . . . which brings us on to . . .

Set a routine

It sounds really obvious, but managing your time is even more important while at home.

It’s easy to become distracted by “Homes Under The Hammer”, the birds in the garden and the biscuit tin, so try to set aside regular break times when you can get up out of your chair and move around.

Shoulders back


If you’re anything like us you’ll mostly forget about this. Set a reminder to stand up up, stretch and roll your shoulders.

Few of us have our brilliant workstations that we’re used to, so it’s important to remember to look after your shoulders, neck and back.

Screen time

This is probably the most difficult one to police.

You should ideally try to look away from your screen every 20 minutes or so. We know it’s easier said than done and the “Friend” team are guilty of spending way too much time looking at the screen.

Everyone should try to do better.

Stay hydrated

Yes, we know how much tea and coffee you can get through, but it’s worth remembering to drink lots of water as well.

Getting up out your chair to fill your glass will also make sure that you’re moving.

Make meetings fun

Once you’ve got the important stuff out the way obviously!

You will no doubt have lots of meeting on Teams or Zoom, so invite your pets to join in at the end. Angela’s cats are now fully fledged members of staff! It lifts the spirits to see some furry friends!

Snack attack

This is so difficult, but step away from the fridge!

It’s so tempting to snack away all day, but set yourself a designated lunch time and stick to it. If you run over your time for a break you’re more likely to rush your food and/or eat more.

Happy sounds

If it doesn’t put you off your work, then listen to music.

Whether it’s a radio station or you simply want your own tunes, play them in the background. This is also a great excuse to rise up from your chair and have a quick dance around the room!

What a great way to loosen up!

Try to get fresh air

It’s not always easy to get outside, but fresh air and natural daylight are really important. A walk round the block or a turn around the garden is ideal.

Remember you’re working from “home”

That’s right, it’s your home.

Don’t let let the lines blur too much. You deserve to still have your sanctuary.

Not everyone can have a designated permanent work area, so kitchens, bedrooms etc will feel like an office. That’s why it’s important to set yourself a working day and try (as much as possible) to stick to those hours.

You’re not a robot and you have a personal life.

Keep in touch

It’s so easy to feel isolated, especially if you’re used to working in an office that’s full of chat and laughs.

That’s why it’s a great idea to set aside online catch ups with your colleagues. Make sure all mention of work is banned and just take the time to blether and look out for each other.

For more from “The People’s Friend” team, read our blog here.

For more on how we’re currently working from home, click here.

Tracey Steel

Having worked on a number of magazines over the years, Tracey has found her perfect place on The Friend as she’s obsessed with reading and never goes anywhere without a book! She reads all the PF stories with a mug of tea close by and usually a bit of strong cheese too!