The idea of not having to go the office is heaven for most of us. Would could be better than rolling out of bed and staying in the safety of your home all day? You can decorate how you want, wear what you want. You can even listen to what you want. No licensing laws to worry about when only you can hear it! What’s more, you won’t need to worry about customers in your space. It’s no wonder than more of us than ever are turning to this lifestyle.
But, transitioning from the office to your home isn’t all fun and games. In truth, a few months after you stop heading out each day, you might start to get itchy feet. After all, fresh air is essential, and you’re cutting out a significant portion of yours by doing away with your commute. Not to mention that loneliness can fast set in if you’re used to the busy bustle of an office environment.
That’s not to say that you should rush back to your old boss the moment you start experiencing these feelings. They’re normal and easy enough to keep under control. All you need to do, in fact, is make an effort to get out at least once a day. It’ll help keep your sanity intact, and ensure you can make the most of your new situation. But, where should you go? Let’s take a look.
You don’t need to make this complicated. Why not take half an hour out at lunchtime to go for a walk? Or, you could leave this until the end of your day, and use it as an excuse to draw a line under your work efforts. Either way, a quick walk in nature can help to fill your lungs and stretch your body. Not to mention that it can work wonders for calming your mind. And, that’s just what you need after a hectic day in front of your computer.
This will also make a massive difference to your health. Given that you’ve gone from working out and about to sitting around a lot more, that’s an essential benefit. Even if you haven’t tried walking for pleasure before, give it a go. You may find that it’s much more enjoyable than you first thought.
Another option would be to go out and get a coffee. You could even take your laptop along with you and work for an hour or so in your favourite coffee shop each week. It may seem strange given that you have coffee at home, but this will give you a sense of purpose. Plus, the constant background chatter will be like a throwback to your office days. Of course, weekly coffee dates out can start to add up. To ensure you don’t break the bank with this, look online for discount coupons, or invest in reusable coffee cups which you can take along with you. Many places offer discounts. Do this at Starbucks, and you’re looking at 25p off each drink! It’s also worth visiting the same place each time and making the most of any loyalty card schemes. That way, you at least stand to get a free drink after visiting for a set number of weeks.
Go to the shop
Who would’ve thought that going to the shop could be the highlight of your day? But, visiting your local supermarket at the end of your workday could offer the balance you’re after. We always need a few more bits for the cupboard, anyway, don’t we? So, your trip will have a purpose. What’s more, it’s a chance to be around and talk to people. Opt for the manned checkouts instead of the self-service tills, then make an effort to chat with the person serving you. This could at least keep you going until your family members get home!
Make evening plans
When you worked in the office each day, evening plans were likely off the cards, right? By the time you got home and finished the tea, you really couldn’t be bothered to get dressed up. But, you’re in a unique position now where you’re likely much more willing to head on some nights out. And, doing so could be all the interaction and fresh air you need. So, get into the habit of making plans with your friends or family at least once a week. As easy as that, you may feel like everything is back the way it should be.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.