There is nothing better than avoiding the daily commute to and from the office by either having a fully work from home job or being allowed to work your job from home on specific days by your boss. Working from home is great for many reasons, but it can be just as stressful, if not more, as working in an office as many people feel that they have to prove, and more importantly show, that they working even harder than they would under the watchful eye of their manager. This can lead to working from home being difficult and you needing to unwind at the end of the day or, if you can manage it, during work hours. My top ways to relax when working from home are as follows.
No, not food shopping, the shopping used to relax yourself while working from your own home office, sitting room or even bed is spending your hard earned cash on something irrelevant or an item that you have been after for a while. I find that firing up Ebay or Amazon and spending a relaxing couple of hours browsing the sites before settling on something eases the tension of putting in the extra work while at home to justify the fact that I did not have to travel into the office for the day.
This can take many forms with either playing the standard games of Minesweeper, Solitaire or Hearts on your machine or web games available all over the internet both excellent ways to wind down for 4/5 minutes while you’re still busy with work. Sometimes while dealing with stressful customers or even jealous colleagues on communicator who are stuck in the office a quick game of cards or Pac-Man online is a great way to recompose yourself.
If you have a little more downtime for some gaming action, then I find online gambling to be a perfect way to relax, especially when I win some cash! I like to play online bingo when I get the opportunity as the game is automated and is relaxing to watch, while taking a relatively short time to complete. Playing online slots is also a greatly relaxing thing to do while staying sat at your computer and if you can manage a 15-20 minute break at minimum then a few hands of Texas Hold’em poker is also refreshing and gets me back in the right frame of mind for more work. You can play on my favorite site, just click here.
Exercising is known to release ‘feel good’ endorphins in your brain so if you’re suffering from a lack of motivation or are feeling lethargic, possibly as you’ve got the cover pulled over your head after going back to bed with the laptop sitting on the floor to show as online to your colleagues (not that I’ve ever done this!), then five or ten minutes of exercise – such as some sit ups, crunches or even turning the music up loud and dancing around like a loon – helps you feel less stressed, more awake and completely relaxed and reinvigorated.
This is one of my favourite ways to unwind while I’m meant to be working from home as I have a tasty treat as a reward at the end of it. I bring my laptop into the kitchen and leave it on the table with the sounds on the communicator turned up loud so I can hear if anyone is looking for me and then throw myself into baking myself some cupcakes following the recipes on Fantasia Cakes that I can sit down and pig out on once they’re done. The best part is that I don’t even have to share them with my colleagues! Good times!
How do you relax at home when you’re working from your home office?
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