Working from home or studying for a degree online can be great in many ways – you have more freedom to manage your time, you can work or learn without distractions, and you save money. However, many at home workers or students do find that getting outdoors less than other people can start to have an effect on their health and wellbeing, especially during the winter months when there are less other reasons to get out and about.
If you are doing an online course like an online business degree or you work from home all or most of the time, here are some tips to stay healthy and happy this winter:
Keep Up Your Social Life!
When the weather is cold and the nights are dark, it can feel like all you want to do is stay in, and since you are already in doing your study for your online business administration degree or other course, or working, even getting properly dressed to go out and meet friends can feel like too much of a chore. However, it is really important to keep up your social life even in winter. Unlike people who work with others or go to a school full of people, you don’t see people in your normal day to day life, aside from those you live with, and it can be easy to miss the company and get out of touch with what is going on with the people close to you. Have a friend over to your house if you don’t want to go out, or make arrangements to have lunch or coffee with someone during the day if the dark, cold evenings don’t appeal to you, and also make use of online ways of chatting and keeping in contact with friends so you don’t become isolated.
In summer, you generally tend to get more exercise naturally, because you spend more time outside, however in winter it can be tough. If you work or study at home, this can mean you spend all day sitting down, and get almost no movement at all in the non-working part of your day if you still stay indoors. Try joining a gym, or even just following some online workout videos. This will keep you fit but also help you use up your energy and sleep better, and also avoid muscle and posture problems caused by sitting down all day.
Make The Most of Holiday Fun!
The winter can be a good time to get ahead on your work and studies, but that can also leave you feeling like life is all work and no play, which can make you feel stressed or depressed – especially when combined with dark skies and cold weather. Make the most of invitations for fun things over the holiday period, and keep yourself making time for activities that are entertaining and fun rather than spending your non-work time procrastinating.
Staying well in winter is all about recognizing how easy it is to fall into a trap of never moving or seeing people, so avoid that, exercise, and you’ll have a happy and productive season!