If you work from home I think it’s important that you make getting out of the house part of your daily routine. It’s good for your sanity and gives you a reason to get dressed in the morning!
Joking aside, if you are like me and prone to a touch of social anxiety creeping up on you over a few days, then getting out and about is crucial to keep you in a more balanced, less anxious place.
I’ve been lucky enough to work from home for over 12 years. It’s a great way to make your living and it comes with a lot of freedom to decide upon your own working schedule, and the flexibility to work around your family’s needs, but it can lead to you spending a lot of your day on your own, indoors.
I’ve mentioned before about how I like to use podcasts to replace a bit of that human interaction. And I also try to get out at least once in the day, often more, and there are a number of different things I do that enable me to leave the house.
Most days I take the kids to and from school which is a great opportunity to talk to friends albeit just for a few minutes.
Twice a week I go to the gym, this is usually early in the morning or on Saturdays, but it’s still a trip out to a place full of other people, doing the same thing as me – trying to get fit!
And then on “non-gym” days I go for a walk or a cycle. Being outdoors gives me a healthy change of environment and an experience of open space that offers a welcome contrast to the four walls and computer screen of work. It’s relaxing, good exercise, and an opportunity to practice my long focusing!
I’m lucky where I live, Sheffield is a city with a lot of green spaces. There are beautiful leafy green Victorian suburbs near my house to walk around, and the countryside and Peak District are only a short cycle away.
Getting out also gets me a daily dose of sun rays which allows for a bit of vital vitamin D production.
So make sure you get out and about, talk to people, get some exercise, get some sun, it makes working from home much easier.