Homebound Wellness

April 4, 2020 at 5:30 PM
by Christel Guillen

Working from home can be a blessing for your health and well-being, but at a time when there is so much uncertainty and our whole world seems to be shifting in a matter of days, sometimes hours, wellness can seem elusive, even off putting. Having a wellness plan that supports you with setting up your home to be an environment that is conducive to working and learning, especially if you are suddenly a home-schooling parent, is crucial to making sure you and everyone in your family remains healthy and emotionally, physically, and spiritually balanced.

The key to wellness in any environment is ensuring balance among the various components that make up the space. When it is time to be productive (and I suggest being as productive as possible to maintain sanity in a time of perceived chaos), we desire an environment that is conducive to focus and maintaining energy. When it is time to rest or take a break, we need a calming and quiet space that facilitates comfort and relaxation. When it is time to socialize and connect with our loved ones, whether virtually or within our household, the environment that encourages collaboration, openness, and fun is ideal.

This article, which is a part of a series of Digital and Virtual Courses designed to quickly get you and your family feeling better while spending so much time at home, will go over 10 suggestions to make the transition smoother for everyone. A happy, healthy environment always starts from within. When we manage our own stress, emotions, and well-being, everyone around is better off. You’ll be amazed how quickly your home environment shifts when you make a few small changes, starting with these 10.

  1. At Bliss House, we are dedicated to ensuring that our living and working environment promotes well-being, first and foremost. Whether you are dedicating a new home office for you or your home-schooling kids, making sure the work space is comfortable, while promoting productivity and creativity, is essential. To do this, the space must be tidy and well-lit, quiet during periods of work, and functional.
  2. As much as you can, get out in nature. If the weather permits and space allows, try to work outside, especially if you have kids. Set up a work-picnic in the grass or on a balcony. If possible, place any work stations facing a window and the sun. Vitamin D is essential for mental health and immunity.
  3. Having a daily routine is crucial regardless of where you are working, learning, and living (especially when all in one place). Find quiet time in the morning, even if it’s just 10 minutes, to quietly center yourself, set intentions for your day, and review your schedule again. If you have any tidying up left to do from the night before, now is a great time to do it.
  4. Staying in one position for too long is never a good idea and our bodies (especially our back and eyes) quickly become strained from sitting and staring at a computer or phone all day. If possible, take a movement break at least every hour. Stretch. Do a quick exercise of jumping jacks or running in place. Refill your water cup. If your schedule permits, try the Pomodoro Technique of working for 25 minutes, break for 5. If you are working with children, I recommend every 15 minutes.
  5. As soon as you get up, make your bed and take a shower. This tells your brain you are ready for the day and establishes necessary routine and transition. These transitions are important for avoiding that restless, stuck in the same spot feeling. Get dressed up even, but stay comfortable. Plus, you’ll be more ready to turn your video on during conference calls.
  6. Use aromatherapy to set the mood in your space and purify the air. Diffusing mint and citrus essential oils are great for energy and lifting the vibrations in your home. After work, diffuse lavender to wind down. This is also a great way to get kids ready for dinner and sleep.
  7. Speaking of sleep, make sure you are getting plenty of it. It can be tempting to over work ourselves while at home and this means we’ll need solid sleep. 7-8 hours is best. Set a regular time to get in bed and if possible, ditch that alarm clock in the morning (this can be a huge benefit of working from home).
  8. Eating a little extra while under self-quarantine is completely understandable and even supported. Just remain mindful of the kinds of snacks you are having. Foods that boost immunity are also great for energy, such as dark leafy greens and berries. Smoothie snacks are a great way to get both and you can add superfoods for a boost.
  9. Create a stress management plan. If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out for support and resources. Call a friend or family member. Crisis counselors are available 24/7 for support. Just text HOME to 741741 or go to crisistextline.org.
  10. While isolation can sometimes feel like a comfort blanket, there’s a fine line before it leads to loneliness and for some, depression. To avoid this, maintain social connection and healthy relationships. Call someone you haven’t talked to in years. Set up a virtual call so you can see your family’s face. If you know someone, especially that is elderly, that is home alone, reach out to them too. Bringing a smile to someone else’s face is one of the best medicines to heal our own heart.

While these times may seem scary, we can truly find a sanctuary in our own homes no matter how big or small, or how many little ones are running around. Get creative and find a space that’s just for you and go there when you need to. If you are looking for someone to talk to about your wellness plan, please do not hesitate to reach out through our chat. We are here to offer you support during this time, and after. May you be well.