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In today’s age of flexible work arrangements, we’ve spent a large amount of time (and money) to make sure that our home office set up is as ideal as possible, and that our work isn’t impacted by not being in at the office. But did you know it’s just as important to make sure you’re taking care of your physical and mental health as well?

If you’re looking to settle into a healthy working-from-home environment, we’ve got some super helpful tips to get you on your way, from how to prepare, what to eat, and more!

Create a commute

As appealing as it is to roll out of bed and fire up the laptop, creating a bit of mental and physical space between home and work is important. Without that daily commute, most of us now have a bit more time in the mornings to do something enjoyable! Try one of these activities before starting work to create that distance:

Pack your lunch (and snacks)

This one might sound a bit out of the (lunch) box, but factoring in lunch to your weekly meal plan, shopping and even weekend cook up will save you time, money, and increase your chances of tucking into something that’s healthy during the working week. Getting lunch organised in the morning means:

  • Enjoying eating lunch, without having to make it (or clean up after!)
  • Saving time in your work day, giving you extra time to use your lunch break for a quick walk or something else you enjoy;
  • Avoiding distractions (just a quick tidy up of the pantry while you’re there is pretty tempting!)
  • Sticking to your meal plan and helping you plan your weekly shop

LiveLighter have loads of lunchbox recipes here and you can check out their salad and sandwich builders here. LiveLighter have also got you covered with loads of snack ideas here.

Stay connected with colleagues

A lot of us are using tech to stay in touch with our teams, and one thing we’ve found really useful is creating a separate space (group chat, Zoom meeting etc) for non-work stuff. It’s mostly dog videos :). Those conversations we usually have in the lunchroom are important for bonding, team-y feelings (and productivity, of course).

Move it

With no colleagues, suits or sweat marks to worry about, one thing that’s easier to do from home is regular stretching and mini exercise breaks. Check out our customisable online video workout builders or our download and go 3 minute workouts. Stretching and moving around can help relieve any aches, and getting your heart rate up can boost your energy levels. You’ll be patting yourself on the back at the end of the day for this one!

Drink water

When you set up your workspace for the day, include a big bottle/jug of water. There’s no hard and fast rule for how much water you should drink to stay hydrated. If your wee is a pale straw colour, you’re getting enough. If it’s dark, drink more. Avoid sugary drinks like soft drinks, fruit drinks and energy drinks. They’re loaded with sugar and kilojoules that your body doesn’t need. Although it IS exciting to have good coffee “at work”, keep an eye on your caffeine intake. Jittery and strung out isn’t the most productive mindset!

We hope you enjoy finding opportunities to make working from home really work for you.

More tips and tricks to stay healthy at home

Adapted with permission from LiveLighter. LiveLighter® State of Western Australia 2023: