Working at home is a challenge. It’s been easy to slack off on exercise, healthy eating, and setting a routine. Recently, I began to feel the effects of these poor habits. How many times have you heard, “It’s easier to maintain good health than to regain it.” I thought I’d better change my ways so I can maintain, rather than regain my good health.
If you’re used to working for someone else, working at home can be a challenge. These are some things I’ve learned that have helped me be more healthy while working at home.
- I created a routine. Before going into my office to work, I have a morning routine, which includes, meditating, writing in my journal, reading my inspirational daily guides, and recently, I’ve added exercise. Nine o’clock is my target time to begin work. That means I need to go to bed at a reasonable time so I can get up early enough to finish all my morning activities before going to work for the day.
- Since I’m not as active as I used to be, I’ve had to alter my eating habits. A student of mine introduced us to green smoothies. My husband and I drink them for breakfast as part of our daily diet. They give us several servings of fruits and veggies each day. Here’s a site with a lot of green smoothie recipes. There are many great sites out there with many delicious recipes. I’ve given you just one. The advantage of a green smoothie for breakfast is that they are tasty, quick, loaded with fruits and veggies, and easy to make.
- I’m a writer, which means I need to find active ways to leave the computer every day. After months of tight shoulders and back, I started making sure to get up every 20-30 minutes to do some standing activity. I do household chores, or even take a walk around the house. Adding yoga to my morning routine has helped my body feel a lot better, too.
- I subscribe to two or three health newsletters. I don’t read them every day, but I’ve leaned vital things that have helped me improve my health. Care2 has several different daily newsletters. Here is the link for their Green and Healthy Living newsletter. The other is MindBodyGreen.com. They are both packed with fantastic information about becoming healthier in all aspects of your life.
I find eating a healthy diet is also a challenge. I’m a good cook, but I often don’t want to take the time to fix a healthy meal. Not to mention, there’s so much confusing information out there about what food should be part of our healthy diet. The above mentioned newsletters give some advice about the new dietary research, but I also want to include the titles of a few cookbooks that have helped me solve my desire for great tasting meals that have inexpensive ingredients, and don’t take long to prepare.
- Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen, and The American Vegetarian Cookbook From the Fit for Life Kitchen by Marilyn Diamond, both have great vegetarian recipes even meat lovers will like.
- WeightWatchers Simply Delicious Flexpoints Cookbook, and WeightWatchers Cook It Quick, have recipes with few ingredients, and only take a few minutes to prepare. I’ve never been on WeightWatchers, but it’s obvious they’ve taken a great deal of time to make these recipes tasty.
- One of my favorite cooking tools is my crockpot. Since I live in Arizona, I picked up Southwest Slow Cooking by Tammy Biber and Theresa Howell. It’s another cookbook with lots of healthy, and tasty recipes from soups to main dishes.
One final point. It’s vital to drink plenty of water. I have an insulated hard plastic glass with a lid, and a straw that I use, so I don’t add plastic to the local landfill. We also have a water filter that sits in our fridge to make the water more healthy to drink.
Everyone is different. What works for me, might not work for you. These are just some tools I use that may help you become more happy and healthy while working at home.