Working From Home? Keep Healthy and Productive with These Tips

Working at home, especially when you're not used to it, can be really tough. Here are some tips that can help make the transition easier — as well as some that may help take the edge off of staying in.
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Mar. 23, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories, whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you!Video chats, email chains, and phone calls, oh my! Working from home is uncharted territory for many, but has become a necessity in the past few weeks. Since working from home can be a challenge, here's a list of things you can do to make your WFH experience more refreshing, effective and fun!1. Stick to your morning and evening routineWhile it can be very tempting to take temporary work from home as a staycation, you should do your best to stick to your typical daily routines. Whether this means waking up early and puting on a full face of makeup or keeping it a bit more casual, it will make you feel much more settled if you keep your routines as normal as usual. Every night, make sure you do your nightly skin care routine and get a good night's sleep!2. Do what makes you feel goodWhile working in your pajamas a couple of days a week can be nice while you're working at home, it definitely isn't good long-term. Working in pajamas can scramble your productivity, sleep patterns, and mental health. Wearing your designated work clothes, doing your hair, or puting on makeup — though it sounds silly — can keep your brain in work mode and you feel more put together.3. Keep a dedicated office/desk space (and make sure it's NOT your bed)Keeping a home office (or desk space if you're hurting for space in an apartment) is crucial to keeping productive while working from home, so lounging in bed while working on your laptop might not be the best choice for your mental health and sleep schedule. Instead, working from a desk, table, or separate room can help keep your brain at ease.4. Create a soothing environmentWhether you're soothed by candles, a spritz of perfume, or Beyoncé, creating a soothing work environment is imperative while you're working from home; there's nothing worse than sitting down to work and being unsettled or uncomfortable. Take advantage of your time at home and surround yourself with whatever is going to make you feel the most productive and at ease.5. Get some fresh airSpeaking of a comfortable work environment, draw the blinds, open the windows, and take a deep breath! Getting fresh air throughout your work day is incredibly important for keeping your brain on top of its game. Fresh air is also very important for keeping skin happy and healthy!6. Schedule dance breaks into your day (and don't short-change yourself on time!)Scheduling and timing breaks are super important to keep yourself relaxed and in the zone. Without breaks, it's very easy to become overwhelmed with your tasks, so get up from your desk at least once every hour for a stroll around the house and go outside at least once a day. Dance breaks are encouraged!7. After work, "go home" — even if you are homeClose your laptop, change your clothes, and eat a good meal. Take time to get into relaxation mode: change into comfy clothes, get un-ready, rest in bed for a few minutes, stretch in your living room, and go for a quick walk around the block. Let your mind settle in just like you would with any other typical work day.8. Most importantly, take time for yourselfWorking from home can take a lot of your personal time, so it's as important as ever to make sure you're taking care of yourself. Take a long shower, do a nice face mask, or even give yourself a nice mani-pedi at the end of a long day. You deserve it.
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