During times like these, change is constant and necessary. One of the biggest changes that many workers–at Sysco and other companies–are facing now is making the shift from office worker to remote worker.
We understand that working from home is a big change that can affect you in many ways. We care about you and your well-being, and we’re here to help you transition smoothly.
Here are some tips to help you take care of yourself while you are working from home:
Stick to a Routine: Working in your pajamas all day may be tempting but it’s important not to break your routine when you’re already dealing with the challenge of other big changes. So, get up, shower and get dressed. Make a plan that includes lunch breaks, stretch breaks and down time. It will help you manage your time better and feel more in control of your day.
Stay Connected: Reach out to your co-workers, family and friends using technology like FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout and other video-based options and apps like Houseparty. This can help you feel more connected and less isolated, allowing you to stay connected to friends and family.
Exercise and Stay Active: This is not only good for your physical health, but also your mental health. Throughout your day, get up and move around your home. Walking, stretching, doing planks or jumping jacks—whatever works best for you to reduce stress and increase endorphins. While gyms and fitness centers are closed during this time, many are offering free livestreams or app-based workouts for the general public, so check online to see what's available.
Relax your Mind: Uncertainty can create anxiety for most of us, and we all need a constructive way to reduce stress and stay focused. Meditation has been proven to help improve mood, reduce depression and anxiety and increase focus, among other things. Try one of the many meditation apps, like Headspace or Calm or follow The Big Quiet on Instagram for live meditation sessions.
Spend Time with your Pets: When you are working from home, every day is take-your-pet-to-work day. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed or isolated, spending some time with your pet always helps. Whether you have a dog, cat, hamster, turtle or goldfish, they’ll distract you from your worries and make you feel loved.
Remember, It’s Temporary: During times like these, it’s important to remind yourself that this situation is temporary. True, these are unprecedented times and we don’t yet know how long we’ll need to self-isolate, but we do know that at some point things will go back to normal.