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4 Ways to Work From Home Without Going Stir Crazy

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By Keri Glassman, RD, Nutritious Life founder

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the coronavirus is a big deal. Numerous people have died, including some in the U.S. (the # keeps rising), and major events like SXSW have already been canceled. If you’re like most people, you might be scared and wondering what you can do to protect yourself and your family. I know I am.  

First off, the best way to stop the spread is by washing your hands and limiting travel and contact with other people. I know that’s super sad when human connection seems more important than ever—but that’s our public health reality.  At least for the present moment.

That’s why I just instituted a work from home policy at the Nutritious Life office. My team will be signing on from their laptops until further notice, and lots of other companies—big and small— are doing the same.

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So, I thought this would be a good time for a primer on how to avoid the common pitfalls of working from home. Because with so many amazing ways to work remotely, the potential reward of commuting is definitely not worth the risk of spreading this virus any further. 

Take a shower (yes, in the morning)

I know it’s tempting to start responding to emails first thing with your cuppa joe, but it’s easy to get sucked in…and before you know it, it’s 5:00 p.m. and you haven’t showered. Now, it’s true that your coworkers will never know what you smell like, but there’s something energizing about getting ready and taking a few minutes for you before you get started on anything else.

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Be responsive

When you WFH, your coworkers can’t just walk by your desk and chat with you (BTW, that’s also a blessing if you want to be super productive). So while I’m sure you’re always good at responding to emails (righttttt?!), it’s even more important if you and your staff are signing in from different locations. Stay on it, friends.

Cook a healthy lunch for yourself

I mean, what a treat! Instead of schlepping to the nearby salad spot, waiting on line, and forking over major $$$, you can now make one of these healthy lunch recipes in the comfort of your kitchen.

Embrace video chats

Maybe you have a private practice and are thinking of switching to Skype sessions. Depending on where you live, this might be in the best interest of your clients’ health…and your own! Even if you work in another industry, video chats are a great way to add a human element to your work and bond with your clients or colleagues, which is important no matter what you do for a living. Maybe even turn some of those weekly calls into video meetings for a much-needed dose of human interaction.

Be sure to check this story for live coronavirus updates…and stay healthy, as always. 

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