How to Prioritize Self-Care While Working From Home

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it’s suggested that individuals stay home when they can. Many businesses are turning to remote work as a way to help stop the virus from spreading, but the transition to work from home may be hard for some employees. Remote work requires making adjustments to workflow and scheduling. Employees making the transition will also need to decide where to set up a workspace in their home.

The Importance of Self-Care For Remote Employees

Self-care is essential for employees who work from home. Self-care is maintaining good health and well being, and there are various ways individuals can practice self-care. It’s especially important that remote workers engage in activities that promote self-care. With the pandemic, many people are concerned and worried, and when these feelings are combined with a new work environment, it can make it difficult to be productive.

Ways to Practice Self-Care When Working Remotely

Individuals can maintain good health and well being while working at home with self-care habits that include setting boundaries, getting enough sleep, keeping your workspace organized, and sticking to a routine.

Setting Boundaries

Setting boundaries that help you keep your work life and home life separate is beneficial. If you’re not working, refrain from checking work emails and notifications until it’s time for you to work again. Remote workers will also benefit from having a dedicated workspace that’s free of clutter and distractions.

Getting Enough Sleep

It’s suggested that adults get eight hours of sleep each night to promote good health and mental wellness. Getting to bed at a regular time creates a routine that can boost focus during the day.

Keeping an Organized Workspace

Keeping an organized, clean workspace can help remote workers with productivity. Not only will keeping a workspace clean and disinfected promote productivity, but it also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sticking to a Routine

Remote workers should stick to their routines as much as possible. Individuals who exercised before or after work should try to maintain their routine when they’re working from home. Remote workers who used to have a long commute can use the extra time to sleep in or take up a new activity.

The Impact of Mental Health on Overall Wellness

Within the past few decades, the understanding of the relationship between physical and mental health has become more evident due to advancements in the fields of psychiatry and psychology. Before this revelation, the healthcare community and society viewed these two as separate entities. However, with recent research, there is a strong correlation between the two. Put simply, taking care of your physical wellness is not sufficient to live a healthy life; you need to ensure you are healthy both physically and mentally. Additionally, there seems to be a connection between those with mental health conditions and physical health disorders, further enforcing the importance of better mental health care.

Patients diagnosed with Schizophrenia are two times more at risk of death from heart disease and three times more at risk of death due to respiratory disease. This relationship is also seen in the reverse. Patients diagnosed with Psoriasis, which is a skin condition that results in dry, scaly, silvery plaques on the surfaces of knees and elbows, have a 1 in 3 chance of experiencing anxiety and depression. 1 in 10 psoriatic patients have contemplated suicide, and 1 in 3 experience problems in their relationships with loved ones.

Mental Disorders affect roughly 20% of the total population, and around 4% have a severe mental impairment. This population is at a higher risk of developing chronic physical illnesses, physical injury, accidents, violent tendencies, and suicidal thoughts or actions. The current issue is that the healthcare system is inadequately capable of dealing with mental illnesses while also treating physical ailments.

Patients often are unable to receive adequate care for their mental illnesses. This allows physical illnesses to recur since patients with mental illnesses have higher morbidity rates than mentally healthy patients. Typically, standard insurance plans do not include mental healthcare coverage, so patients may not be able to receive the care they need when it is most important. This drives healthcare costs ups since underlying mental illnesses go unchecked. Also, society views mental illnesses in a negative light that treats it not as a disorder but more like a conscious choice.

Advancements in psychiatry in recent decades are bringing treatment modalities to the forefront that are now being considered at the time of diagnosing patients. Ohio State Harding Hospital has included a focus on nutrition and spirituality when treating their patients. Harding Hospital is a prime example of how patients could be treated in the future that will allow for a more holistic approach to treatment. Focusing on treating the patient will allow patients to remain illness-free for longer. Learning from hospital systems that have already adopted the view of mental and physical well-being is the most effective way to treat patients holistically.

Treating both mental and physical ailments is essential for patients and providers alike; failing to do so will result in a decrease in quality of life and negative long term effects.

Photographer Spotlight: Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams is most known for his scenic photography of the American West. He’s known for using his photographs to promote conservation of the wilderness. He’s an icon in the photography world for his black and white images.

 

Early Life

Adams was born on February 20, 1902, in San Francisco, California. He broke his nose and was injured in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

 

Adams made a trip in 1916 to Yosemite National Park where his love of photography was born. He began experimenting with darkroom techniques and reading photography magazines. He sold some of these photographs at Best’s Studio in Yosemite Valley.

 

He actually married the daughter of Best’s Studio proprietor, Virginia Best, in 1928. After her father’s death, the couple continued to operate the studio. It is now known as the Ansel Adams Gallery.

 

Career

Adams broke through the world of photography into fame with his publication of his first portfolio, Parmelian Prints of the High Sierras. This included one of his most famous images,“Monolith, the Face of Half Dome.”

 

From here, Adams focuses on detailed close-ups of nature. He photographed everything from farms, mountains, and factories. He studied with artists like Georgia O’Keefe and Paul Strand. He published photography art books about his work.

 

He joined other artists/photographers Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange using his fame to bring social change through art. He worked to protect the wilderness areas like Yosemite National Park. He also photographed life in camps during World War II. One of his most iconic shots was titled, “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.” This was a shot of a moon rising over a village weeks before the attack on Pearl Harbor. He made over 1,000 prints of this at the time skyrocketing him into fame in the photography and art world.

 

Later Life

The 1960s brought the appreciation of art photography to life. Adams’ images were shown in many galleries and museums throughout the world. Adams printed negatives of his artwork to meet the high demand for his black and white works of art.

 

Adams died on April 22, 1984, of a heart attack, at age 82. Adams is a photography icon whose work lives on in his beautiful nature prints.

EASY WAYS TO ADD FITNESS TO YOUR DAILY ROUTINE

Most people today are too busy for long workouts at the gym or marathon training runs after work. But with a little planning, it’s not too hard to squeeze an extra five or ten minutes of exercise into one’s daily routine. Here are some easy fitness tips for busy people.

1. START YOUR DAY WITH A WALK, JOG OR BIKE RIDE

 Just one lap around the block, either on foot or on a bike, is an easy way to boost the metabolism and get the day off to a good start. It probably won’t even be long enough to break a sweat, so no extra shower time is needed. But it gives the mind a positive boost along with burning some extra calories.

2. EXERCISE ON YOUR LUNCH BREAK

 Taking lunch breaks on the go is another easy way to sneak in a little exercise. Walk a few laps around the office or down to the cafe on the corner and back.

3. TAKE A STRETCH BREAK AT YOUR DESK

 Instead of heading to the water cooler or coffee maker for every break, it’s just as easy to do a few calisthenics exercises and stretches without even leaving the cubicle. A quick standing hamstring stretch, lower back stretch, quad stretch, and calf stretch sequence only takes 60 seconds total.

4. HIT THE GYM AFTER WORK

 There are two secrets to efficient after-work gym workouts:

 Always keep a gym bag packed and stowed in the back seat

 Join a gym close to home or the office

5. CYCLE OR WALK FOR QUICK ERRANDS

 Instead of taking a driving to pick up a loaf of bread, just ride a bike or jog. If it’s only a mile or two away, the total trip won’t take more than 15-20 minutes.

6. KEEP EXERCISE EQUIPMENT WITHIN ARM’S REACH

 Lastly, make exercise ridiculously easy. For example:

 – Keep a 15 pound dumbbell next to the couch or work desk

 – Take the first empty parking stall and walk a little farther

 – Take stairs instead of elevators

 – Work at a standing desk for a few hours a day

Photographer Spotlight: Man Ray

Photographer Spotlight: Man Ray

An influential artist and photographer during the 20th Century, Man Ray set the tone as an artistic icon. His work inspired Andy Warhol and some other experimental artists during the 1960s and 1970s. The photographic legacy he left behind remains important to this day. During his most active periods of creation, he contributed to the Dada Movement and Surrealist art. Check out my website for the most recent spotlight: Man Ray.

Which Fruits Help Your Body Function?

Which Fruits Help Your Body Function?

Which fruits help your body function?

We all know that fruits are good for us. Fruits provide the necessary energy and nutrients that our bodies need to function. We know we need a good balance of fruits in our diets, but which fruits are beneficial for which of our body organs and systems? We would all like to eat with more purpose, right? Check out exactly which fruits help your body function over on my website.

The Mental and Physical Benefits of Yoga

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Get your namaste on by taking up yoga. There are numerous health benefits to practicing yoga, both mentally and physically. Yoga is inspiring and strengthening. It rejuvenates and allows you time to focus on your body and mind. If you want to improve your overall health, consider starting yoga.

 

Flexibility

There are dozens of yoga poses to increase your flexibility. A lack of flexibility can create tight joints and muscles, leaving a larger risk for injuries. A flexible body yields better active performances. Stretching before running is critical for your muscles, and greater flexibility may enhance your workout.

 

Stress Relief

Some believe that yoga touches your inner self, that it can restore your soul with peace. Whether you believe that or not, yoga can actually reduce stress and have a calming effect on both your body and mind. When your mind is stressed, your body is affected too. Certain positions are made for you to stretch, relax, and monitor your breathing. Through resting and focused positions, yoga can lower stress.

 

Muscle Strength

Any consistent physical activity will improve your muscle strength. Yoga is made for strength training by holding and repeating positions that challenge your muscles. Building muscle strength is important for your physical health. By utilizing the weight of your own body instead of with machines or free weights, yoga will improve your strength and keep your body in great shape.

 

Mood Booster

You can elevate your mood through yoga. Yoga simply can make you happier. The majority of people who partake in yoga feel relaxed after they’ve completed a yoga class. Through breathing techniques and centering your mind, yoga actually improves your brain activity. GABA stands for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid activity that occurs in your brain. A research study followed a group of walkers and a group practicing yoga for a 12 week time period. There was increased levels of GABA and greater improvements in mood for those who practiced yoga compared to those who walked.

 

Lower Blood Pressure

Your blood pressure lowers significantly when you are relaxed. Because yoga is a relaxing activity, it therefore lowers your blood pressure. High blood pressure is the leading cause of strokes, heart attacks and heart failure which are all dangerous to anyone’s life. Although certain foods aid in lowering blood pressure, studies have shown that yoga is a great option as well.

 

Improved Focus

Through breathing techniques and physical exercises, yoga poses provide better focus. Any yoga routine includes a breathing method that enhances how your mind focuses and slows it down into relaxation. Yoga participants have an increased ability to focus after doing yoga.

 

Yoga is a great activity to improve your physical and mental health. Although there are plenty more benefits, these are just a few. By participating in yoga you are benefiting your mental and physical health in a natural and relaxing way.

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