How a Sedentary Lifestyle Affects Your Health
From an evolutionary (and survival) standpoint, the invention of technology took us very quickly from an active “moving” species to a population that sits an average of 13 hours per day. Add sleeping hours to that and it leaves very few hours, or even minutes, to be active. Inactivity is making us chronically sick and putting a huge burden on our health care system. It’s unfortunately a very sad reality of the world today.
How to Keep Kids Safe with Social Distancing
With the new normal forcing majority of Americans to start working from home, millions of children all across the country are not just adjusting to online classes but to strict rules on social distancing. For you, this might mean trying to explain to your kids just what’s going on in the world and why things can’t go back to the way they used to be. When it comes to educating your kids it’s important to be firm but nurturing, strict but understanding and blunt but loving. These seem like a difficult set of emotions to work with but with a few simple guidelines and tips, you’ll find that teaching your kids about social distancing can be fun for not just your kids but to you as well.
When it comes to explaining to your children why social distancing is important, you have to first establish the why social distancing is important. Part of this is educating them on the Corona virus. While this may seem like a daunting task, being open to your children’s questions is a crucial part of opening a forum for you and your kids. By being open you can allow them to express their emotions and address ways in which they can cope with the sudden changes that come with the New Normal. It’s important to limit the amount of time your family spends watching the news and how much information is given. Children are easily overwhelmed if they’re given too much information, so it’s important to limit it to the facts and ensure that they’re provided with developmentally appropriate information. You wouldn’t talk to your 5 year old in the same way as your 16 year old; they’d both have different ways of understanding and taking in the information. By being open you give them enough space to voice their concern and enough time for you to truly understand the needs of your kids.
How to Work from Home as a Paw-Parent
If you’ve clicked this article because you work from home with your pets, then yes, fur parents, this article is for you.
The best feeling in the world is being able to work from home with our dearly beloved pets. Imagine the relief of spending a lot of time with these fur babies, and at the same time, earning at the comfort of our own home. According to a study, surrounding yourself with furry friends can improve employee retention, enhance, employee health, increase productivity, and positive bottom-line results.
However, to balance your time at work, your choice, without neglecting our pets, here are some work-from-home guide on how to work from home as a paw-parents.
Potty train them first thing in the morning
It’s not always fetch time with your pets, isn’t it? You also can’t spend most of your time mopping the floors because you forgot to potty train them. Here’s how to deal with it:
If you’re a new in this paw parenting world, don’t worry! We’ve all been there.
- Keep your pet on a regular feeding schedule and take them out to eliminate first thing in the morning and then once every 30 minutes to an hour – even after meals or when he wakes from a nap. And this might take some time, put your pet to the same spot each time to do his business because the scent he left there will prompt him to go.
- Don’t forget to give them treats when they eliminate outside. Gently pat them on a head and say “good boy” or call them by their name.
Schedule them for grooming
If you can schedule a vet or grooming appointment, then that’s good, however, if you have tons of workload to do at home, then set aside some time to groom them by yourself. Depending on your dog’s hair length, activity, and
Sanitizing or Disinfecting: 3 Easy Ways to Know What to Do
When it comes to keeping things clean you might find yourself using the terms “sanitizing” and “disinfecting” interchangeably. And while they both refer to cleaning, there’s actually a great big difference between these two terms. With COVID-19 keeping us on our toes when it comes to the dangers of bacteria and viruses, knowing the difference between these 2 terms can actually effect not only the products you buy but your overall health as well! So, what’s the difference? And what’s the best way to keep your space clean?
Know the Difference
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the difference between sanitizing and disinfecting is dependent on the substances you use to clean and the effect it has on germs and the surfaces/objects you clean. Sanitizing is when you decrease the number of germs on objects and surfaces to a safe level. Disinfecting on the other hand, completely kills germs through the use of chemicals such as bleach and other tough chemicals. Although disinfectants might be the best option when it comes to the spread of disease, when it comes to cleaning, tough chemicals such as bleach may be harmful when you’re trying to cleaning objects such as children’s toys or food packages. The best way to know whether to sanitize or disinfect something is by asking yourself 3 simple questions regarding the space/objects you’re cleaning, the products you’re using and the people interacting with what you’re cleaning. By reading through this q
The Difference Between FlexiSpot Height Adjustable Desk EC3 vs EC4
Been eyeing for a height-adjustable desk from FlexiSpot for a time now – but can’t fully decide whether to get an EC3 or EC4? We feel you there, but don’t worry! We’ll compare these two models so you can choose as early as now which one to get.
Both the EC3 and EC4 are the top choices among the height adjustable desk from FlexiSpot. Now that most of us are working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic, having the proper setup and workstation needs is a must.
In this article, we’ll help you distinguish the difference between FlexiSpot’s EC3 and EC4. Which of these two desks would meet your needs and how both of these desks are a standout among any other brands. Read along.
The EC3 desk is sold at $359.99. From its original price of $459.99, the brand has decided to make it affordable with a $100 discount to make work from home attainable and more manageable without spending too much. On the other hand, you need to shed $40 for the EC4 desk because of its added features from weight capacity, h
How to Ward Off the Dreaded “Office Butt”
Here’s the deal: Sitting too much might be jeopardizing your hard work to get the toned tush. Those long hours of sitting on your office chair are deactivating the nerves that activate gluteal muscles, which promotes atrophy or weakening of muscles. When this happens, the sleepy butt or office butt syndrome will make it hard for you to gain results for your backside.
What are the gluteal muscles?
When we think of our butt, we usually think about how good a firm derriere would look good in swimwear or your jeans. But the muscles in our butt have way more functions than aesthetics. They are the powerhouse of strength in the body and support you through different ranges of motion with the right posture.
It is composed of three muscle groups: the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. Working those three muscles is a must because they can help avoid injuries in the lower back, hamstrings, and knees. The good thing is that you can awaken your glute muscles with specific exercises including amending how you go about your office day to ensure that your rear is working.
Say no to the office butt
- Engage your gluteal muscles now – Exercising is still the king of activity for your glutes. After all, they are muscles waiting to be developed. If you want a low-impact workout, you can start with barre exercises. Doing a
Factors and Tips to Consider Before Adding Caster to Standing Desks
Are you considering adding casters to your current standing desk? While it may be a great solution for some users for that added flexibility and mobility, casters may not be suitable for anyone – depending on the environment and the individual users.
Getting casters for your desk may look simple but know that by adding them, you add a layer of complexity to your desk’s ergonomic function and stability.
In this article, we’ll delve into some top factors customers should consider when seeking to add casters to a standing desk frame and tips for making a smooth transition.
Factors To Consider Before Using a Caster
Know that casters come in various sizes and that flooring surfaces also affects your moving loads over. Check out some of the top factors and tips to make your casters benefit you in the long run.
- Consider Your Working Environment
We all have our version of workstations. However, there are some usage environments in which it may make the most sense to add casters:
If ever you’ll be working in a classroom, desk frames with casters would be very helpful especially if you want to move places.
It would also be very much helpful if you’re working in a warehouse and conference rooms where flexibility and rapid change is needed while changing equipment or transferring to another room. With these situations mentioned, desks with casters provide quic
6 Times the Valuable Electric Sit-Stand Workstation EM6W Proved Its Worth
There is something to be said for a well-built standing desk converter like the valuable Electric Sit-Stand Workstation EM6W. It is a charming piece of ergonomic office furniture complete with various functions to accommodate the needs you didn’t know existed. A wireless charger? You got it. A magnet board? Totally in this product. But more on that later! We will give you the features of this FlexiSpot innovation and why it lives up to its price tag.
Know the features that make it worth every penny
Why is the Electric Sit-Stand Workstation EM6W more costly than most, you ask? Its top-of-the-line functions will wow you, especially if you are transitioning from a traditional desk. This equipment was built to provide maximum ergonomic benefits while looking nifty on your desk. Trust us when we say that it is in a league of its own.
- It has a wireless charger
It can be annoying to have your phone die on you in the middle of an important phone call. There is also a struggle with the conventional charger and its limited cord length. But with the desk’s integrated wireless charger, this means you do not have to worry about your phone losing power. Just place it on top of the built-in charger and you are good to go.
- You can personalize your desk
Ready your favorite photos and color-coded notes because you can stick them to the machine’s integrated magnet board. Your things won’t slide or be lost because the board has
Level up your Ergonomic Home Office Now: Here are Some Things You Might be Missing
Do you have an ergonomic home office set up? If yes, working from home must be heaven for you! But for those who are still making use of their old kitchen table and sofa as makeshift workplace, hear your joints begging and start checking products to suit your needs.
If you want to level up your home office set up, having a standing desk or a posture-correcting chair might not be enough. You might need to check other products or accessories that may complement the one that you already have.
What can you say about a monitor stand?
One of the essences of ergonomics is aligning your equipment to fit your body and contribute to your efficiency as a worker. A monitor stand can surely make your life easier. It is an ergonomic rule to place your monitor directly in front of you, about one meter away.
MonitorStand Workstation is one of the best of its kind. It does not just alleviate neck pain but also provides ample storage for your office supplies. It also has an integrated UV sterilization that helps you combat invisible viruses. You just need to place your belongings like mobile phone, pen, calculator, or keys at the bottom of the stand and it will disinfect them. This would be very helpful especially now with the COVID-19 pandemic.
How about a CPU holder?
CPUs are just one of the home office equipment that people sometimes forget and
7 Simple Standing Desk Workouts to Try Right Now
Hurrah! You’ve finally bought your standing desk, finished your workstation setup, and now all you have to do is figure out which standing desk workouts would be beneficial for you.
If back exercises don’t work to alleviate the unbearable pain in your back, then you’ll need another alternative – perhaps incorporating work and workout together. Now that doesn’t sound like much of a bad idea, isn’t it? According to a study, women aged 50 and above who spend sitting most of the time are more susceptible to developing symptoms of cardiovascular disease, and that goes even with the younger generation due to an unhealthy lifestyle. If you really care for your heart, then a conscious effort, from the way you eat and allotting time for exercise would be of great help.
With more employees having to embrace the work-from-home setup, there is more time to take care of their overall health. Since a sedentary lifestyle has a negative effect on our health, we’ll give you seven simple standing desk workout you can do while working at a standing desk.
1. March in Place
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How the Standing Desk Converter Makes Remote Work Easier
Remote work sounds fun until your back and neck hurt from using impromptu office furniture. Learn how the standing desk converter can make working from home a pleasant experience.
New to Work from Home? Here are Do’s and Don’ts You Need to Follow
The global pandemic pushes everyone to adjust and cope to the new normal. Whether you’re a frontline worker, a businessman, an office worker, or someone who works at a farm or fishery, everyone needs to follow certain health standards and modify the way they are working. Most of the office employees have to abide work from home set up to save their jobs and their companies.
This set up might be new for some but in the United States companies are practicing telecommuting since the 1990s. Some companies like AT&T, IBM, and others find that this alternative workplace help them retain their most talented employees who require a more flexible working hours.
If you’re new to this work from home set up, here are some do’s and don’ts to start you off.
Dedicate a space as your home office
Every home is different but no matter how small or spacious your house is, you need to dedicate a home office space wherein you can stay productive. You can decorate this space with small office accessories so you can still feel that you’re an office worker. That feeling is very important to keep you motivated to finish all your tasks for the day.
You can use regular house equipment like table and chair for your home office but you can also upgrade to a more ergonomic set up to be feel comfortable. Sit-stand desks can help you alleviate back pain and lower your risk of gaining weight. This set up helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle while working from home.
Experiencing Zoom fatigue? Here’s How To Avoid It
Have you ever been in three or more Zoom meetings this time of the day? Did you notice your colleagues’ new backdrop or their new hairstyle? What are the other things you’re noticing while in a virtual meeting? These things that you think are just normal that you are noticing at the first few online meetings and conferences you have at the onset of working from home are the very things that drains everyone out leading to Zoom fatigue.
So how come this set up becomes so tiring? DigiDay said in a report that because of the situation all interactions are now happening online, more specifically in an app called Zoom. Some companies also tend to over-communicate with their employees by scheduling numerous virtual meetings in a day that could have just been an email or phone call. Sometimes you also can’t escape calls from friends and family. This creates the “feeling of tiredness, anxiousness or worry with yet another video call” that leads to exhaustion according to USA Today.
How to avoid Zoom fatigue?
Trying to avoid this virtual exhaustion can make your life easier and your mind happy. Here are some cheats to overcome it:
1. Use your mobile phone sometimes when participating in a virtual meeting. It can give you allowances to roam around the room or check the garden or even scribble something in your notebook while being in the meeting. You can also try using under desk bikes in your home office to keep your immun
Top Work From Home Tip: Take Your Break
When businesses were forced to adjust to social distancing guidelines, many employees found themselves working from home. With the sudden spike in remote employees, companies had one thing in mind: productivity. And while most of us were used to demands of performing, nothing could have prepared most of us to the demands of working during a global pandemic.
Based on a survey conducted in 2019, working from home can lead to working longer hours for most employees, all so that they can prove that they can be productive despite being outside the office. Taking this into consideration plus the looming anxiety of ensuring business continuity during a global pandemic, you might be overexerting yourself. And while keeping yourself productive is important, no good can come from a burnt out employee; you shouldn’t have to go through that and your company definitely won’t benefit from it.
While there are a multitude of sources explaining what you can do in a work from home environment, there’s one simple tip you can easily apply today that could make all the difference: Take Your Break. Although spending time away from your work might seem like the opposite of productivity, studies have found that taking intermittent breaks throughout the day actually keeps you more productive throughout the day. Researchers observed that following a productive break, employees were able to jump back into their tasks seamlessly; they didn’t stop to check their social media or get distracted by checking their emails. The key was when these employees felt fatigue from work, they’d take short breaks where they completely separated themselves from work. What this does is allow employees to refr
Buyer’s Guide for Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk
The reason why you’re buying an electric height adjustable desk is to help you with your sedentary lifestyle and make the shift between sitting and standing while working easier for you. So, the first order of business, check out if this will last for a long time and sturdy enough to keep up with your pace.
Getting overloaded with a list of prospect brands can be a bit overwhelming, which is why we're providing a buyer’s guide if you’re looking for the perfect electric height adjustable desk based on your needs:
Maintaining a proper posture while working while working from home is a must to stay healthy and productive.
Whether you’re on a sitting or standing position while working on your laptop/desktop, your keyboard should be at a height that allows your elbows to be bent about 90 degrees and close to your sides. To prevent your wrist from getting numb and worked up, try raising your forearms a little so your wrists are in a neutral position and your arms and hands can move freely.
Whatever your height is, the FlexiSpot Electric Height Adjustable Desks will surely cater to your needs. This desk ensures comfortability and easy transition of working position. Try using our Ergonomic Calculator to figure out what measurement you need for your workstation.
The FlexiSpot EN1 is designed with a 2-stage frame, the
Reopening and Adjusting to the New Normal
Now that more and more states are slowly opening up, chances are you’ve heard the term the ‘New Normal’, if you’re feeling overwhelmed and unsure about what’s to come, have no fear, we’re all new to this. Coping with the New Normal is all about accepting that things aren’t going to go back to the way they were before the world went on lockdown. Economies are struggling, majority of jobs are now done remotely and social distancing practices are still very much in place. But, what does this mean for you and your work? With companies like Google and Amazon extending work from home arrangements till later this year, it’s clear that companies are changing with the times and are trying to find new ways to adjust to the New Normal. Chances are you’ll be forced to be more flexible in terms of nearly every aspect of your life, not just work. With this sudden need to cope and adjust quickly, how can you ensure that you aren’t left behind and on top of your game? With these 3 simple ideas we hope to provide you with some advice that could give you a little peace of mind and hopefully a healthier outlook on what’s to come.
Manage Your Expectations
With things quickly changing and evolving each day, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed. The reality of it is, a big part of adjusting to the New Normal is about letting go and starting fresh, letting go of the past and taking an initiative to move forward. When we say you’ve got to manage your expectations, we mean that you have to get used to things being different. From the nearly non-existent post-quarantine nightlife in Japan to proposed one way sidewalks in
Tips and strategies to start a cardio exercise with jogging
Jogging is one of the best exercises that you can get into. It helps in weight loss, it develops muscles, and it's great for the heart. You really can't go wrong with jogging.
If you plan on adding jogging to your exercise routine, or if you just want to start jogging casually, there are a few questions you'll probably need to answer. The first is how you start, the second is how you pace yourself, and the third is what goals would you want to achieve with the exercise.
The great news is that we have the answers to the first two questions right here. The answer to the third one is entirely up to you.
How Do You Start?
You're probably thinking, oh jogging is easy. All I need are some running shoes, and I'm right on my way. Well, you're correct. You do need running shoes, but you'd be seriously wrong if you assume that that's all you need.
So what do you need? First off, yes, the running shoes. If you're a city dweller, you'll probably spend a lot of time pounding the pavement. To deal with that, you'll need to invest in good running shoes. These shoes will not only reduce discomfort, but they'll also stop you from getting seriously injured.
Your clothing is perhaps just as important as your running shoes. When dressing up, you should go for comfort. Look for comfortable clothes that can absorb sweat easily. In winter, you should try running with several layers of clothes. That way, when things start warming up, you'll be able to pull off a layer. Also, you need to make sure that most of what you're wearing is lightweight. You definitely don't want anything, or anyone, weighing you down.
When running, it's important that you track your progress to see just how well you're doing. Done correctly, your progress can be a great motivator on those days when you're feeling down and unmotivated. That's why I always recommend using tech when running. There are so many apps like Garmin and F
6 Ways to Ease your Anxiety while Social Distancing
As the New Normal starts to set in and we find ourselves facing a different reality, you may find yourself grappling with feelings of fear, depression or anxiety. With the uncertainty we face today, it’s getting harder and harder to stay positive and just hope for the best. And while everything is opening up, social distancing is still a very important aspect of the New Normal. It’s important to remember that this is necessary for us to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Apart from your physical health, you should also very close attention to your mental health. Weather you’re working from home, looking for the next opportunity or even a student, here are a few tips that you can use to try and improve your mental health.
Keep yourself Hydrated
Now this may seem like a tip that you’ve heard time and time again but, there’s more to keeping hydrated then just ensuring that you’re never thirsty. Water has been proven to boost your immunity (a useful aspect that can protect you from COVID-19), keeping yourself hydrated has also proven to boost brain activity. And while boosted brain activity may mean more productivity, it also means that your mind has more room to heal and breathe. Learning to avoid excessive coffee can also help as it leads to dehydration and an increased heart rate that could trigger anxiety. Stimulants such as coffee should be taken in modera
Top 5 Ways to Easily Get Started on a Healthy Diet
When it comes to getting healthy, there’s only so much you can do with a healthy diet. Jumpstarting your healthy lifestyle might be difficult but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. With these 5 simple tips you can change small things in your day to day life that you can use to eventually jumpstart your healthy lifestyle.
Discover the Power of Water
You’ve heard it time and time again, drinking water as great way for you to stay healthy. Whether you’re working from home or following a daily workout routine, staying hydrated has the power to boost your resistance, improve brain activity and even aid in mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. When it comes to a healthy diet, supplements definitely have their place but when it comes to starting your healthy diet, ensuring that you have enough water is an important part of keeping fit. Discovering the power of water is all about ensuring that you have enough water intake. A good tip to follow is tracking your daily intake and setting a daily goal. By tracking how much water you take in daily, you give yourself a useful foundation in building healthier habits. If you spend long hours in front of a computer screen, drinking water has also proven to relieve stress. Drinking a glass of water before your meals is also another way to help jumpstart your healthy lifestyle, it’ll help you feel full and reduce the chances of overeating and binging.
Mind Your Mindset
The thought of a healthy diet can sometimes be overwhelming and off putting, especially when you have to consider all the small comforts you have to give up. Sometimes our need to gorge ourselves on salty snacks and sweet desserts is a result of too much stress and it’s important for you to identify the triggers that may cause you to eat unhealthy amo
Links between diabetes and depression and how to cope with them
Depression and diabetes are perhaps some of the most severe illnesses that start with the letter D. But now, some studies are saying that there may be something other than the letter D that links these two illnesses. These studies have demonstrated that having diabetes can lead to an increased risk of developing depression.
While we aren't yet sure of why this is so, some scientists claim that it could be because of the metabolic effects that diabetes has on the brain. It could also be because of the toll that managing diabetes can take on mental health.
The reverse could also be true, some studies argue. It could be that people with depression are disproportionately dealing with diabetes. That's why some doctors are recommending that people with a history of depression be tested for diabetes.
Of course, nothing is conclusive yet. One interesting theory being put forward is that alterations in brain chemistry caused by diabetes may be a factor that increases the likelihood of diabetes in patients. A good example of some of these changes is the damage that results from diabetic neuropathy.
However, it's also equally important to note that changes in the brain due to depression can lead to increased complications from diabetes. Basically, we know that there's a connection between both illnesses, but we don't know which causes which.
The Symptoms Of Depression For People With Diabetes
Managing diabetes can be a depressing experience for some. If you experience this and do not feel your mood lifting in a few weeks, then you should probably see a doctor. However, on the whole, the symptoms of depression for people with diabetes is mostly the same with others. Some of these symptoms include
- Feeling insomnia or sleeping way too much
- feeling lethargic
- Inability to focus
- Feeling of "morning sadness"
- Suicidal thoughts
Things to Consider Before Using A DIY Standing desk
Ever since the work-from-home trend started, most people have no clue regarding the basic needs and the right setup to keep them productive all day long – which includes creating their DIY standing desks as a temporary solution. Well, if you’re reading this and you find yourself working in a DIY standing desk right now, then maybe, now’s the time we can help you consider a better alternative to help you work more effectively and efficiently at home.
DIY standing desks are life-saver! No doubt. These are a great idea especially if you feel like recycling and you feel creative in making one. It is also a great option for people who are in a tight budget and are having second thoughts on buying a not-so cheap standing desk online.
However, there are downsides of using these DIY standing desks if you intend it on using it for a long time. In this article, we’ll thoroughly discuss the disadvantages of DIY Standing Desk, and why you should opt for an ergonomic height adjustable desk frames.
Problems Faced When Using A DIY Standing Desk
Imagine using an iron stand as
3 Tips on How to Avoid Burnout at Work
Office burnout is a big problem for many people. Now that the global pandemic (COVID-19) has forced many of us to work from home, burnout is now a bigger risk for all. With companies looking for more productivity from their workers, higher levels of stress and pressure could lead to eventual burnout. Here are 3 simple tips you can try to avoid burnout while working from home.
Often times when working from home, we often forget to give ourselves a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday office work. Just like your life in the office, it’s important to ensure that you get a proper amount of rest. Dedicate an hour for your lunch break and disconnect and add in 15-minute breaks in the morning and the afternoon to help boost your motivation. When we’re too focused on work, we risk putting our physical and mental health at risk. A useful life hack would be to try and relieve tension from your day to day stress with the use of healthy massagers. Improve your blood circulation to help ease pain that may be caused by muscle tension and fatigue. By taking care of yourself, you invest in your ability to do work in the long run. Also remember that you should never feel guilty for resting or taking, a healthy body and mind is the key to productivity.
The isolation that working from home brings often has us watching TV and living generally sedentary lives. Now more than ever, the need to stay active seems more impossible and elusive. Keeping yourself active is important not only for your physical health but your mental health too. Try incorporating simple stretches throughout the day to help improve your posture and your energy levels. For people looking take their fitness to the next level, a
Top 3 Productivity Tools: Work from Home Edition
When it comes to working from home, productivity is what everyone is hoping for. With the pandemic (COVID-19) forcing the majority of us to work from home, switching from your office space to a home office is be difficult for many. Check out these top 3 productivity tools that can help keep you productive, boost your energy and keep you motivated and ready for the New Normal.
Although these top tools serve as our favorites, always remember that the key to productivity is customizing your home work space to work for you. Ensure that your work space is optimized to fit your needs. Whether you’ve got a small space you’re hoping to maximize or looking for a way to stay active and healthy, there’s definitely something in this list that’s perfect for you.
Top Tool #1: Space saving tools
When it comes to increasing productivity, having to work with the space that you already have is a huge part of staying productive. Transform your workspace and convert your boring old desks with the use of standing desk converters. If you’re new to the concept of office ergonomics, you’re in for a treat. A standing desk converter can be placed on multiple surfaces and is an efficient way for you to maximize your workspace. Depending on your needs you can opt for an affordable portable desk converter or even a fully motorized electric workstation. Whatever you choose, one thing is certain, these desk converters can help provide you better support and fle
5 Tips to Achieve Work-Life Balance
Now that offices have moved to homes and the line between your professional and personal life has blurred, is work-life balance even more unattainable now? Based on a survey conducted in 2019, people who work remotely often feel like they’re working more hours and are prone to higher levels of stress and anxiety. Ultimately the goal is achieving balance and now that the world is in lockdown, that could be the key to your sanity.
So what can you do to try and achieve work-life balance? Here are 5 simple tips that could help you find your way towards equilibrium.
Keep your personal and professional life separate
When it comes to working from home it’s important to ensure that where you work and where you rest are two separate spaces. By separating these two spaces you can avoid feeling unmotivated while working or feeling restless while trying to relax. If you’re working with a limited amount of space try using standing desk converters to transform your work space. Not only can you move it from one surface to another, you can also easily convert your workspace from a standing to a sitting position, allowing you to improve your posture and energy levels. Creating a space that helps you physically separate both work and life allows you to work towards a far better balance in life.
Remember to rest and disconnect
With the current global climate it’s important to keep updated with the news. Sometimes however we forget the importance of disconnecting and reconnect with the things that matter. Now that you’re working from home try considering scheduling your lunch break and truly take a break from your office work. Your midday break is important for you to have energy for the rest of the day. It’s
What People Love About the FlexiSpot Standing Desk Converters
The FlexiSpot standing desk converters have wowed many customers and for a reason. If you are also looking for a trustworthy standing desk converter, this is the right product for you.
Lockdown Lessons: 5 Easy & Healthy Eating Tips
With the Coronavirus (COVID-19) leading to millions self-isolating across the world, keeping yourself healthy is the top priority. It’s affected everyone worldwide and as seen in a recently conducted a market research study by Kantar, the global research firm, an above-average expenditure trend on healthier foods and vitamins continues to rise. Across the world, people are looking for healthy eating tips to help maintain their resistance as a defense against the virus. And although there is a lot of science behind staying healthy, here are 5 healthy eating tips that you can easily try to transform your day-to-day overall health.
Keep yourself hydrated.
Although drinking water can’t prevent COVID-19, it has been proven to help aid weight loss, results in healthier skin and hair and most importantly, it boosts your immune system. By keeping yourself hydrated, you provide your cells with oxygen that allows it to work at full capacity in fighting foreign bodies that may try to attack your immune system. An easy way to keep track of your water intake is sticking to your favorite tumbler or glass and taking note of how much water you’re drinking throughout the day. Drinking lots of water has also been proven to reduce stress and could help you stay active and productive.
Replace your coffee with fruits and other liquids.
While a cup of coffee might be your best bet in waking you up in the morning, too much of a good thing can also be bad for you. While caffeine may help keep you alert, it can also dehydrate you. To keep your energy up you can opt to have an apple. Instead of boosting your energy with caffeine you can reap the benef
5 Ways to Maintain Your Mental Health While Working From Home
With the world on lockdown due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), work from home set-ups have increased worldwide. Meetings have been replaced by video calls and office spaces have been brought to bedrooms and couches. With all this rush for productivity, companies have been striving for more output and are demanding more from their employees. Working from home might seem like the new normal but what does that mean for mental health?
Working from home is something practiced in a number of industries. To put things into perspective, let’s take a look at survey conducted in 2019 by the cloud infrastructure company, Digital Ocean. They found that majority of their remote tech employees felt burnt out. With a whopping 82% of employees feeling stressed and overworked, it comes to no surprise that deteriorating mental health is a risk for many. At the root of this, 52% stated that they are working longer hours and 40% felt the need contribute more than their office counterparts. Stress, long hours and eventual burnout can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
If you’re feeling this way, remember that you aren’t alone. Here are a few tricks you can use to help you combat the challenges of maintaining your mental health while working from home.
Indulge in self-care
Weather it’s reaching out to a mental healthcare professional or something as simple as eating healthy, remembering to take time to take care of yourself can ultimately make you more productive. Self-care might seem like an escape from productivity but it’s actually the key to it. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind and that goes both ways. When we say ‘indulge’, we really mean take as much as you can get and grow from it. It isn’t about excess; it’s about allowing yourself to love you a little better.
Reminder Systems at Standing Desks Makes You Even More Productive
Many people who owned height-adjustable desks are still unaware of the benefits they can still get from it. Aside from the fact they can sit and stand while working, some height-adjustable desks such as FlexiSpot’s Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk: 3-Stage C-Leg Option E7 is equipped with a sit-stand reminder system that alerts you when it’s time to stand and can be turned on or off anytime based on your workflow.
Comfort and forgetfulness were the top two reasons why some of us forget to alternate the sitting and standing work position. When you’re too invested or absorbed in a task, sometimes we forget to stand at all, and this makes the height-adjustable desks useless.
In this article, we’ll discuss the types and why should you invest in a standing desk with a reminder system.
The Types of Sit-Stand Reminder Tools
Desktop Apps for Windows, Linux, and macOS. Tech companies are now investing into a healthier lifestyle for their consumers, thus the reminder apps. These are created to ensure that you take a break from time to time, and to avoid endi
Ways to Make Your Work-From-Home Space More Ergonomic and Better for Your Back
If you're working from home, you're probably facing a lot of challenges. Balancing your work and home life while operating from the same building can be difficult, and dealing with home distractions during work hours can be a drag as well. The fact that you also have to manage your productivity can be quite draining too. However, one thing that most people who work from home have to regularly deal with is the fact that they feel discomfort every time they work.
Yes, that's true. Backaches because of uncomfortable workspaces are more common than you know. And what these backaches automatically mean is decreased productivity, because you cannot be at your best if your back hurts so much. If you feel this pain, these five tips will help make your workspace more ergonomic, and as such will reduce possible backaches.
Sitting Down For Long periods Will Hurt Your Back
There, that's it. I've said it. And there's no way to take it back now. But you should know that it's true. Sitting down for long periods bends your back into an unnatural C-shape.
So what's the solution? There has to be one, right? I obviously can't expect you to work slouched over your desk. Yes, there's a solution. Get a standing desk converter or just a regular height adjustable desk. That way you'll be able to stand and work with your desk at your upright height. I would recommend you get a desk like the Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk of Flexispot. It has quick and smooth movement, so switching from sitting to standing positions is never difficult, it has an advanced all in one keyboard that allows you save your favorite sitting and standing heights, and it als
WFH Strategies for Operating Remotely During the Lockdown
For the last ten years or so, working from home has been my reality. Before making the switch to freelancing, and thus working from home, I used to work in a corporate setting. So I know how things look from both sides of the divide. I know the challenges of switching from a corporate setting to an informal one.
However, thankfully, I've had some experience dealing with these challenges. If you're just making the sudden switch to working from home because of the coronavirus pandemic, then I have to say, don't be scared. It may look impossible now, but there is a way to work from home and reach maximum productivity.
Of course, the fact that this switch is sudden and many firms haven't yet developed the needed structures and command chains to make it work may slow progress. Organizations and schools are trying to create a work from home system at a speed that is unhealthy, and the uncertainty of the quarantine makes it even worse.
The good news is that, even though the business structure may not be streamlined or optimized for working from home, you can optimize your working habits. That way, regardless of the way things turn out further up the command chain, you'll be ready and we'll be equipped to face the challenges ahead.
Act As If Nothing Has Changed
Working from home requires a conscious change in mentality. As you probably know, your work mood and home mood are two different things. To be successful in this journey, you have to make a conscious effort to not have your home mood at home. This can be very difficult because it requires you forgetting what your surrounding actually look like. However, with a few tricks, you can trick your mind into getting into that work mood.
One of the best ways to do this is by waking up at the time you usually do when preparing for work. Dress up (yes, in work clothes) and go somewhere, maybe a secluded part of the house, where you have your home office environm
Hacks for small space WFH
If you plan on working from home (something a lot of people are having to do because of the coronavirus pandemic), you're certain to encounter some problems. One of the biggest problems with changing from a traditional working environment to a home work environment is how to set up a home office.
When I made the decision to make a switch from a full-time working arrangement to become a freelancer, I had the same problem. I lived in a small apartment and after two weeks of working from my bed I knew that I couldn't continue that way. I was missing deadlines left and right, and I was getting almost nothing done.
That's when I decided that I would have to make most of what I had. Whether by hook or crook, I had to set up a work environment. Eventually, I was able to get it done. It took several weeks of tweaking and understanding what works and what doesn't. But within a month or so, I had the perfect environment that optimised productivity.
How did I do it? Let me show you.
You Can't Have A Great Office Right Away
If you're a perfectionist (like I am, sometimes), you probably would have the idea of perfect office space in your mind. And in fact, you may begin to painstakingly work to recreate that vision. Unfortunately, things rarely pan out the way you want. Importantly, if you have this idea of a perfect workspace, you may even put off doing any work till it's done. You may start inventing excuses like you haven't seen the right desk, the lighting isn't good enough etc.
However, you need to know that the main reason you're setting up an office space in the first place is to be productive. It's not because of aesthetics. With that said, you need to work with whatever you have and get working as soon as you can. One day, you may get all you need, but that day will most likely not be today.
Cupboards And Drawers Are Life Savers
It's easy to fall into what I call the minim
Fun things to do with your kids during the lockdown
The coronavirus pandemic has necessitated a drastic change in our routine. If you're reading this, you're probably stuck at home. And if you have kids, they are probably stuck at home with you too. Shelter in place orders means that movement has been heavily restricted and that large gatherings have been almost totally banned (because apparently, you can't ban protests).
If you have kids at home, this may pose a unique problem. How does one deal with staying at home with children for extended periods? Younger children need time to play with their peers, and if they can't get that, parents become the next closest thing. That's why we'll be looking at a few fun activities that you can get involved in with your kids. Importantly, parents can use these activities to reconnect with their children.
While it may be easy to become a couch potato, it's important that parents try to use this period to spend valuable time with their kids. For all you know, you may never get this much free time ever again.
If you have a garden or a verandah, this can be the perfect escape for you and your kids. Staying inside all day can be a drag for your mental health and that of your children. So if you can, try to take them outside to have a breath of fresh air. You could try playing games like hide and seek, hopscotch and others to lift their spirits too.
Arts And Crafts Never Miss
If you have artsy children (younger children are almost always artsy), it may be a good idea to start several arts and craft projects. There are so many things you could make with regular home objects like toilet paper (however, if you have a toilet paper shortage in your city, you should probably hold off plans of using that). You could also make a lot of interesting things using paper, and these things can be great for decorating your children's room.
Make Cooking Fun
There are very
Why Does Height Adjustable Desks Wobble?
Height adjustable desks are here for a reason – to provide safety and convenience. They’re also known as a sit-stand desk that allows you to convenient change the height of the desk and alternate between sitting and standing.
A lot of people are investing in a quality adjustable desks because they’re much more aware now of the negative effects of having a sedentary lifestyle, both at work and at home.
However also, put in mind that you need a desk that matches your need and is “wobble-free.”
Wobble or swaying is the common factor why many are distracted at work. Imagine answering email at your desks and it wiggles back and forth – doesn’t it feels frustrating and annoying? When things at your desk is shaky, it becomes unsafe for your device, be it a monitor, a laptop, or a printer.
Understanding the causes of wobbling will help you decide before getting your next height-adjustable desk.
In this article, we’ll discuss why height-adjustable desks wobble, how will this affect your work, and what are the factors to consider before buying one.
Reasons Why Height Adjustable Desks Wobble
1. Loose Hardware
Just like any other equipment, your height-adjustable desks wobble because of loose bolts. If you constantly move your desks with too much pressure on it, this could also potentially loosen the bolts you might not be aware of. Another reason would
Top ergonomic tips for your spine health
Does your back hurt? Probably. If we are being honest, the human back is a travesty. If you sit down, it hurts. If you sleep, it hurts. If you do backbreaking work, it doesn't break, but it hurts. In fact, if you exist in any capacity whatsoever, your back probably hurts.
Why is that though? Why do you feel back pain? (If you don't already, you'll most likely feel it very soon). Well, the answer is fairly simple. You don't care enough for your spine. Good posture is something that a lot of people like to ignore, but the truth remains that if you don't maintain good posture, your back will most likely hurt. A lot.
That's why, today, we'll be looking at some tips to help you make the right choices when it comes to your spine health.
If you're interested in protecting your spine throughout the day, you need to constantly be on the move. Now, this isn't to say that you should be restless, but you shouldn't be in one position for too long. A lot of people spend so much unnecessary time in a chair, and that hurts your spine. Do things instead. Go for a walk during lunch break. Walkabout for a while. Just stay active.
It never hurts to stretch your back. Well, sometimes it does hurt, but it's a good kind. However, if you want your stretching to be more effective, you should consider doing it the right way. Exercises like the finger point, neck retraction and "big hug" stretch ensure that you're stretching your back the right way. With these exercises, you can even stretch your back discreetly.
Ensure That Your Workspace Is Ergonomic
One of the worst things you can do for your back is working in an area that is not ergonomic. It will contribute to undue stress on your spine, and that will almost definitely lead to painful backpain.
So how do you make your workspace ergonomic? It's simple, really. First off, you get an ergonomic cha
New York Gov. Cuomo Extends Authority for ‘PAUSE’ Order
New York is now leading with the most number of coronavirus cases than any country. Gov. Cuomo, on Saturday, announced that the legal authority of his NY ON PAUSE order will be extended through June 6 by executive order but not the initiative itself. Since the big apple attracts 60 million tourists a year and acts as the entry point to America for many travelers, this means the virus has already spread out even before a lockdown was implemented.
It was until March 16 when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the closure of public schools, bars, and restaurants. It was followed by an order of closure for all non-essential businesses, and residents to stay at home a week later on March 22 as per Governor Cuomo.
This means that until a cure is developed or the curve has flattened, working from home and staying at home is likely to last longer.
How to prepare for Work From Home extension
Since Cuomo still hasn’t decided how long it would extend the stay-at-home order, here are some ways on how to make your work at home set up more manageable.
1. Choose where to set up your workspace
In our recent article titled “(insert title of Top Trending Home Office Designs)”, it was mentioned that providing a unique and relaxing space to work can boost productivity and will help you get rid of unnecessary distractions to get things done on time. However, there are different types of work from home people who only get productive anywhere they prefer – depending on their mood.
You can either set up in your room for privacy, in the kitchen so you can
Be a Cable Management Pro With FlexiSpot
The table is sleek; monitors are up-to-date, and all other accessories are top-notch. All are perfectly arranged on top of the table just the way they should be. But how about the cords and cables underneath? Are they organized in a way that will make your workspace neat and safe?
Cable management is just as important as setting up all the office tools. Simply put, cable management is sorting out the cables and wires and keeping them out of sight with an accessory. A step forward would be establishing which cable belongs to a gadget since it can be confusing and time-consuming to figure out what cord goes where.
You can just imagine a workspace with all the cable clutter! It is an eyesore and a safety hazard since anyone can trip on the lines anytime. We just never know what happens so it is best to be proactive in this area. Some people put cable management on the bottom of the to-do list in organizing an office but putting this in the priority list is going to be beneficial at the end of the day.
The Advantages of Cable Management
- Let us give you more reasons why pouring in extra time and energy for cable management is important:Workplace safeness is of the essence. Putting the safety of everyone who comes into your office space is crucial. Especially if you work at home and your kids frequently visit your office, then this is an important matter that must be attended to immediately. Your kid might run or trip over the cords and that might cause havoc in your office. While playing, It is no laughing matter when someone falls into an accident because of disorderly cords and wires, especially when it could have been avoided in the first place with cable management practices. It pays to hide the wires in places with high foot traffic with the right product like
Ergonomic Hacks That Will Change Your Home Office Situation For Good
Since we are all given the marching order to work at home, our workstation must be comfortable so that we can work productively. Installing a standing desk will give your home office an ergonomic function but it shouldn’t stop there. Other products in your home office must work together to give you that seamless ergonomic working environment.
Just what are standing desk accessories?
These are support products that you buy to enhance the whole experience of using a standing desk. Adding these products will help you get used to a more ergonomic way of working.
Are They Important?
A standing desk may seem enough but as you adjust you might find yourself wanting more ergonomic products to complement your brand new table. In a nutshell, yes, they are important so that you can ease your way into a brand new way of getting work done in your home office.
Accessories for More Office Ergonomics
This first section will show an array of products geared to give an extra boost of ergonomics in your home office.
If you want to start your home office makeover after purchasing the standing desk, the ergonomic chair is just the thing. This is a great home office furniture as it is designed to fix posture, realign the spine, and reduce other injuries that can result from having a straight backed, flat office chair.
We’ll Help You Choose the Ideal Surface For Your Home Office Standing Desk
There is something about a home office that has a nice and well-thought-out interior. Now you are thinking about how to make your standing desk blend in with the rest of your workstation’s overall design. We have good news: There are standing desks in the market that allows you to customize the desktop surface.
Whether you buy from the same manufacturer or another supplier, separately purchasing the desk frame and desktop gives you the flexibility to personalize your desk’s appearance and functionality.
Allow us to help you in selecting a desktop surface. From the get-go, we advise that you consider these three factors when you start desktop surface hunting: material, thickness, and dimensions. Read along to find the pros and cons of each material, plus get insights for choosing the dimension and thickness.
The Making of Your Desk
Take Your Pick From Available Materials
Bamboo: Going green or installing plants in your home office can alleviate stress and increase productivity. If you want this kind of home office vibe, a bamboo surface can give off a semblance of nature. Bamboo desktops have an attractive natural grain appearance that makes them look like a light hardwood such as white oak or maple. But for all its smoothness and appeal, a bamboo desktop is on the lighter side, making it vulnerable to scratches or dents.
Laminate: There is something elegant about having a woodsy feel in your home office. But genuine wood furniture can
Trending: The Rise of Standing Desk in this Generation
More people are now joining the standing desk trend as an alternative to the usual sitting set-up during office hours. Even multinational technology company like Google offers standing desks as part of its employee-wellness program – same goes with AOL, Twitter, and Facebook.
Google has already provided its employees with electric adjustable standing desks in their New York office, to promote productivity and keep the energy level high in the office. Currently, together with Facebook, these wellness programs provided for their employees are their smart solutions to overcome the dangers of sitting for hours each day.
Ever since the alarming studies of ill-effect of sitting too long, the standing desk trend has soared, or better yet, beginning to be the newest solution to prevent further health risks.
There has also been a great demand for standing desk usage after the work from home setup was established to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus pandemic. This new remote work trend was forced on many companies that wouldn't have any other options to keep their businesses afloat. With 66% of employees now working at the comfort of their homes, there has been research saying that small businesses could consider this setup when the pandemic is over.
Along with embracing the work from home setup, businesses are also implementing tools to keep their employees productive - and one of those is having
What Makes a Great Home Office Standing Desk
Working from home is now the most ideal setup now that we are still reeling from the uncertainties of COVID-19. In this case, it is essential to sustain a workplace with a healthy environment.
But you start to realize that you want to upgrade your desk so that you can also move around while working. In this case, the perfect product for you is a standing desk. This is one of the most talked-about office accessories in the market now that more people are staying at home and want to retain that work and wellness balance.
It is important to have highly functional office accessories because they are part and parcel of a comfortable working environment. A standing desk might just be the newest thing to spruce your workspace and make working a pleasant experience.
Consider These Factors Before Buying That Standing Desk
The internet is filled with all types of standing desks. But not all standing desks are created equal. It would be good to do your research before buying a standing desk so that you get the best of deals.
Have you considered the smell of the material?
If the table gives off a certain odor, it might mean that the materials used are not environmentally-friendly. Which leads to another concern: This particular smell has a bad effect on your health and it might put a risk on your family’s health too. Your kids might suffer from the toxic smell triggered by the chemicals used in substandard materials.
Best to stick with a product that uses top quality materials like this .
Single or Dual Motor? Which is Better?
While you’re scouring the Internet you might have stumbled on two options: Single or dual motor standing desks. Let us break down th
The Ergonomic Difference Between Working at a Standing Desk vs Sitting
“Sit up straight” – the usual phrase we heard and oftentimes taken for granted.
While we can sit comfortably on our chair while working, slouching, and sitting for a prolonged time isn’t healthy.
Several studies show that calories are burned faster when standing than sitting. However, there are still debates whether work can be done productively if a person works while standing or while sitting.
Other studies has linked obesity, cancer, and heart problems to sedentary lifestyles which put desk job workers at great risk of having these kind of health problems. Today, we’ll delve into a deeper discussion on the difference between working in a sitting desk and a standing desk, and how can you meet your ergonomic needs.
Effects of Prolonged Sitting
For most people who work in the bank, in publishing, or generally with people who have desk jobs, spending too long on a desk has been the norm. In today’s age, sitting at a desk for a long period is equivalent to smoking. Almost 70% of people spend six or more hours each day sitting down, according to a study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.
Why You Should Get This Inexpensive Standing Desk ASAP
You’re finally working from home! You’ve got a stable internet connection, a computer, and have installed software for your online meetings to keep up the communication during COVID-19 – but you noticed that as time passes by, you’re starting to experiencing some lower back pain and soreness.
Have you ever thought of investing in a quality standing desk to add in your workspace? Are you aware of its positive benefits it might give you in the long run?
Since 80 million Americans and lots on businesses are implementing a work-from-home, some for good even after the COVID-19 – why not invest in a quality standing desk as early as now? Read more benefits of why is standing desk good for your overall wellness here.
In this article, we’ll delve into more reasons why FlexiSpot’s bestselling EC1 Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk might be the long-term solution for your home office.
Why is the EC1 Standing Desk the Perfect Match For Your Needs?
- Budget Friendly. FlexiSpot is currently having a promo for the EC1 standing desk for only $279.99. From its original price of $349, you get to own a quality desk that saves you from all the back pain and productivity troubles. Let’s admit it, shopping for pricey things during these difficult times might not be the most practical decision right now – but with this budget-friendly p
Health Risks Associated with Playing Popular Google Goodle Games
There has been a rise on demand in playing popular google doodle games especially during the quarantine period. Learn the cons of getting too much obsession in playing these games including PAC-MAN.
How Co-workers are Staying Connected While They Work From Home
In these unprecedented times, staying connected to people has become more important than ever. Remote working has exploded into the limelight of work culture almost overnight, and the switch hasn't been easy. Of course, switching to working from home can be made easier if you've got some ergonomic furniture (like a standing desk), a space to work from, and some peace and quiet, but it's far from being the most comfortable situation.
However, there's a bigger problem with remote working. And that's the loss of company culture, or better still, the lack of communication between colleagues. If you're facing such problems at work, these few tips can help you communicate easier with your colleagues and coworkers.
Use Your Commute Time
Yes, it's true, you now work at home, so you no longer have to spend time on the way to work. But that doesn't mean you should just roll out of your bed and start replying emails. No, use that time to do something with a coworker. It could be through texting, a phone call or video messaging. Those few minutes in the morning spent chatting will help you regain the conversations that are now lost because of remote working.
Make Video Compulsory
A lot of companies already do this, so it may sound like a drag. But you have to make video communication compulsory. This is especially important as there will be no in-person communication for a long time. When communicating through texts and phone calls, important verbal cues are missed. That's why it's important that official meetings are done through video conferencing.
Silent Video Group Chat
In an office setting, you're often working side by side with others, even when you do not c
Are Coronavirus and Obesity are Corelated？
A recent report says that obesity makes people at high risk of getting infected with Coronavirus, but why is that?
In the UK, a study based on nearly 17000 COVID-19 patients showed that those who were obese had a 33% greater risk of dying than those who were not obese. Moreover, data on 3,615 confirmed patients from the New York University medical college, published in Clinical Infectious Diseases , showed that among people under 60, hospitalization rates for obese patients more than doubled and the risk of requiring intensive care significantly increased. So does being overweight or obese really affect severity of diease?
Why are people with obesity at risk?
According to the CDC’s website, severe obesity increases the risk of a serious breathing problem called acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). This complication may cause difficulties for doctors to provide respiratory support for severely ill patients.
People with obesity are more prone to have reduced lung function, possible inflammation of the fatty tissue around internal organs, and might bring negative impacts on the heart and blood flow. Studies also show that fat cells could also restrict the availability of vital immune cells around the body to fight off the virus, and much more dangerous is infected with the coronavirus.
Ways to prevent obesity during this coronavirus pandemic
To focus on your health and prevent being overweight, you should pay more attention to what yo
Work From Home Jobs You Can Get Right Now
If you're living in a state where social gatherings have generally been banned, then you should know that most people who have jobs in this period are either working from home or are essential workers. If you're neither, it can be difficult being out of a job.
However, you don't have to mop about and feel sad for yourself. There are some jobs that you can get into that would effectively allow you to work from home.
Let’s take a look at some.
If you know someone working from home, they are probably into freelancing. Online freelancing communities have seen an explosion of revenue from freelancers, and millions of people are on the network making money through freelancing. Newsflash, Upwork workers collectively earn up to 1.4 trillion dollars a year.
If that isn't mind-blowing, I don't know what is. Importantly, getting a job as a freelancer is just as difficult as getting a regular job. If you've heard the myth that it's extremely difficult to get jobs as a freelancer, you should disregard it.
When going after a remote freelancing job, expect to receive just as many No's as you would expect when looking for a regular job. Of course, you will send application and pitches that will get rejected, but the important thing is to take them in your stride. To get a job, you have to learn to be creative in your applications. That way, you stand a better chance of getting the job.
A lot of people have gotten super-rich from starting blogs. And while you may not expect to make a lot of money from your blog in the first few months, you can still eventually earn a steady and growing income from a blog that attracts a lot of traffic.
The great thing about blogging is that you can start from anywhere. All you need to have is great writing, a niche you're interested in, and an internet-connected device.
Online Courses And Coaching
What Coronavirus Means for the Future of Work From Home
The coronavirus pandemic has essentially changed the way the world works. What remains to be seen is whether some of these changes will become permanent. However, we do know that the effects that the pandemic has had on remote work culture will last.
In this article, I'll be going over the different changes that the pandemic has had on working from home, and what these changes mean for the future.
First off, we must know that the pandemic has inspired an urgent and sudden change in the enterprises. 88% of corporations in the US now mandate that workers work from home, regardless of whether they have shown symptoms of coronavirus or not. While many corporations already had work from home systems, the pandemic has essentially become a tipping point. These systems had to scale everyone from the ground up. Of course, this sudden scaling up has come with its own challenges.
However, it has also come with new discoveries. For example, companies that are able to streamline work activities into a work from home system, and are still able to maintain a great level of productivity, will start to think of how working from home can save overhead costs. If these companies are able to successfully pull this off (which is likely because of advancement in communication technology), then the future will see a lot of remote workers.
These remote workers won't be domiciled in the field of tech as they always have been but will be spread across different sectors like banking, manufacturing and even healthcare.
Here are the five most important ways that the future of work is changing.
A Flexible Future
What we know is that if companies can maintain a high level of productivity, they will begin to see the merits of working from home. One of the biggest aspects of working from home is flexibility, and it's hard to see that companies won't retain at least that element when things return to normalcy. While companies
Top 5 Mother’s Day Gift 2020
Mother’s Day 2020 is just around the corner, and what a special day to show our love to our dearest mom – be it a friend, a sister, cousin, wife, or a colleague.
Sure, this is a strange time to celebrate such an occasion, but remember that the perfect gift for this Mother’s Day 2020 doesn’t need to be flashy or expensive for her to feel extra special.
Wow them in these practical and thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift for you to choose from.
A relaxing living room needs a cute and personalized pillow. This type of gift is the message itself – you can either put your names on it or left her a special message. Feel creative and customize the way you see fit. A pillow is a meaningful gift that can both provide comfort and accent your mom’s resting area. Check out Pinterest for styles and designs for your customization.
Nothing says utmost comfort for your mom that getting her a pair of a cushioned slip-on. Since most of our days are spent at home during this quarantine period, you can order her a pair of velvety or something dual-layered foam for daily wear. There are myriad slippers that come in a variety of colors, so make sure you choose her favorite color. Include a Mom’s day gift card to make your gift more special.
Charcuterie Board Set
More time in the house means more time for mom entertaining her family using any presentable and eco-friendly charcuterie board set which are available in amazon. This may come with a concealed pull-out drawer to make the serving more per
Try These Back Exercises at Home for Remote Work Relief
With the COVID-19 pandemic, the home office has become the only office for many workers. Some are leaning into the comforts of home and sitting down on the cozy couch or bed with a laptop for the day. Unfortunately, long hours in these positions can cause back pain.
The advantage, however, of working in comfortable clothes and a private space is that you can do back exercises at home to provide some relief. We’ll start below with tips for pain prevention and continue with a back pain exercise plan you can work into your new routine.
Advice for Work from Home Pain Prevention
Aim for proper posture. It may be tempting to sit on the sofa or even in bed, but selecting an ergonomic chair and desk is best. Sit with feet flat on the floor, legs at a 90-degree angle, and head, neck and spine aligned. Adjust the monitor so that your eyes align with the top – avoid angling head and neck downward, as this puts strain on the back.
Avoid being sedentary. Get up and move for a few minutes every hour. Even better, use a height adjustable desk to switch up your body position while you work. Proper posture for standing work is similar to that of seated work – just bring your legs into alignment with the head, neck and spine.
Exercises to Relieve Back Pain
The focus of many of these exercises if strengthening the core, so they’re beneficial for anyone. Even if you aim for correct posture, back pain can still creep in. Try these back exercises at home to heal, recover and strengthen.
For partial crunches, lie on the floor with knees bent and feet flat. Use your hands to support the back of your neck, or cross your arms over your chest. Inhale, and
Effective Ways to Use Disinfectant During Coronavirus Pandemic
Health experts around the globe are advising people to maintain proper hygiene, social distancing, and looking for a coronavirus disinfectant to avoid getting infected. More people are also taking decisive action of disinfecting into a whole new level to make sure their loved ones are safe even at home.
Earlier this April, US President Donald Trump also proposed to inject disinfectant into the human body to treat COVID-19, which raised concerns from various health expert groups around the world. According to WHO (World Health Organization), even if the person is tested positive with the virus, spraying or injecting disinfectants may worsen the clinical condition of an individual.
While the possible cure for COVID-19 is ongoing, we’ve compiled a list of effective ways to use disinfectant and safety measures to protect you from possible dangers if incorrectly used.
Limit Usage of Disinfectants
Disinfectants are not advisable for daily use and one must know the difference between a cleaners/detergent and a disinfectant. Cleaners are products used to remove soil, dirt, dust, organic matter, and germs while the latter are chemical products that destroy or deactivate germs. Experts say that overuse of some disinfectant products can potentially create microbes that are resistant to particular disinfectants or that become “superbugs.” To know more about the types of disinfectant and the consideration before using it, click here.
How to Stop Procrastinating While Working from Home
With “stay-at-home” orders issued by government officials to contain the spread of COVID-19, many companies have instituted new remote work policies for non-essential employees. It’s a welcome change for some, bringing newfound freedom and comfort, but others have difficulty concentrating and staying on schedule without the regular office routine. If this sounds familiar, you might be wondering how to get yourself to stop procrastinating. Let’s dive in to some productivity-boosting tips to kick the procrastination habit.
Make a to-do list.
Create a complete list of tasks and determine priority for each. It helps to know, “What do I absolutely have to accomplish today?” Finding a way to guarantee you check these items off the list, at a minimum, can help provide a sense of control and reduce the overwhelmed feeling that often prompts procrastinating. Planning to make progress on vital tasks early on leaves time for new items that inevitably pop up during the day.
Plan your time.
Bring back a routine by planning out a schedule for work and rest. If you know that at certain times you’re going to take a short break to do a few exercises and refill your water, you can structure your day to fit tasks into the amount of time you have between set breaks or meetings. It’s okay to allow for breaks if you have specific time set aside to work on a particular project. Reward yourself with a brief social media check to let your brain relax and shift gears between periods of focused work.
Do the hard part first.
Knowing that the day will only get easier, tackling the hardest part of a project at the beginning of the day can be a useful strategy. It can also help to break down a large, overwhelming project into the smallest tasks possible and then start to complete them in order. Making prog
Keeping up Communication in the Workplace During COVID-19
Remote work has suddenly become the new normal in light of the coronavirus pandemic. While working from home reduces the cost of commuting, it may increase the cost of communication. Unlike face-to-face communication in the office, remote communication comes with some limitations and barriers. To ensure continued efficiency and productivity, telecommuters need to master some effective communication skills. Read on to find strategies for keeping up communication in the workplace now that the workplace is at home.
Synchronous online time.
One advantage of remote work is that it can allow for a bit more flexibility. For many office workers, it doesn’t necessarily matter at which hours the work is completed – just that it is. Maybe you catch up on some work at night after the kids are in bed, but you know that you can’t necessarily expect a response to an email at 9:00pm. While allowing flexibility is helpful, especially in these unprecedented times, it may be beneficial to have a period during the day where everyone on the team is expected to be online – say, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The early birds and the night owls will both be available for any meetings scheduled during this time, and team members will know they can count on reasonably timely responses from coworkers within this window.
Reading email and other communications in a timely manner.
On the subject of timely responses, it’s all the more crucial while working remotely to keep a close eye on incoming emails, chat messages and other forms of communication. Remote workers don’t have the ability to just pop into a coworker’s office to ask a quick question, and managers don’t have the advantage of seeing employees physically at their desks.
Being responsive helps workflow and builds tru
How to Resolve Work from Home Network Security Issues
Over the past several months, many employees with office jobs have started to work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes with changes and challenges, one of which is the lack of easy access to an IT team who can solve network issues and ensure home network security. The problem is compounded by reports that “hackers and scammers have been using the coronavirus pandemic plaguing the globe to carry out cyberattacks.” For those workers who have access to sensitive information and confidential data from their companies, home network security is all the more vital. Avoid becoming a victim of opportunistic hackers by using these tips to set up a secure network for your home office.
1. Install a network firewall.
Fortunately, this tip should be easy to implement for most, as wireless routers have a built in firewall for security. It’s not always turned on by default, so ensure yours is switched on. This, combined with the built-in firewalls provided by Windows (as well as your security software), is enough for most set-ups to offer thorough data protection.
2. Back up your data.
There are several options available to you for secure data back-up:
-Back up to an external drive such as a USB hard drive using Windows’ File History or Backup feature, or Apple’s Time Machine feature. This method has the advantage of being inexpensive, but it doesn’t eliminate vulnerability to physical danger such as fire or robbery.
-Back up data over the internet using a subscription service. Often this costs
Picking the Right Computer Desk for Small Apartments
Remote work was already a growing trend, but the coronavirus pandemic has now made it the norm. For some office workers the change will be temporary; for others, it may become permanent. Either way, a comfortable home office workstation is vital, but it can be tricky to find the space in which to set it up. In particular, workers may have trouble finding the right computer desk for small apartments. Fortunately, there are some creative options. Here are several small apartment desk ideas that will help to maximize space utilization.
As you might have guessed from the name, a floating desk is not a piece of freestanding furniture taking up floor space but a desk surface attached to a wall. It can be as small and simple as a 1’ x 2’ plank of wood attached to the wall with brackets. Borrow a chair from the kitchen table and you have a simple, space-saving, cost-effective home workstation.
Some floating desks fold away, sitting perpendicular to the wall when in use and folding up parallel to the wall when stored, including supportive legs that also fold in neatly for storage. Other floating desks can be more furniture-like – for example, on a ladder shelf that’s anchored to a wall, small high shelves function as decorative storage and a deeper table-height shelf can be used as a desk surface.
If you need storage for paper files or other items, look for a floating desk that has cabinets or cubbies mounted underneath on one or both sides. Additional features you can find on floating desks include pull-out keyboard and mouse trays and hidden cable management.
Think about the layout of your apartment. Do you have a small space that doesn’t lend itself naturally to another use? You might be able to turn it into a cozy office by creating an alcove workstation. Perhaps there’s a narrow extension off the living room that leads to a window view or some open space underneath a
How to manage anxiety and protect your mental health during self-isolation
These are very anxious times.
Ever since the beginning of the onslaught of the novel coronavirus pandemic, a lot of things about our normal lives have been called into question. Many of us are no longer free to go out, and we've had to self-isolate inside for a few weeks. Many of us will remain indoors for a long time to come.
But the freedom to leave home isn't the only thing that the pandemic has negatively affected. Travel plans, parties, work, and so many other things have been touched by the sickly hand of coronavirus. The fact that most of our lives seem to have changed under a relatively short while can be a good enough reason to panic, and to have unchecked anxiety.
In order to avoid that, a few pointers have been put together to stop the giant spiral into the abyss of anxiety.
Try To Follow Your Normal Routine
One of the most telling effects of coronavirus (asides the death and illnesses) is the change to routine. If you don't have somewhere to be by 9, you no longer have to wake up by 6. If you don't have to face traffic, you may see no reason to make coffee. If you don't have to go to the gym, a light pre-workout session may seem meaningless to you.
But if you want to keep a semblance of sanity, you cannot let things fall apart. You have to try, as much as you can, to stay true to your pre-quarantine routine. Wake up at the time you used to, eat at the time you used to, and rest at the time you used to. Sticking to your regular routine will keep you active and focused. It will prevent you from spiralling and will make it easier for you to continue with life after the quarantine.
You're Not Stuck Inside
Thinking that you're stuck inside can have adverse effects on your mind. Instead, you should take the time "off" as a period to learn and discover yourself. How do you do this? Easy, learn to do something productive each day. That will give you a sense of hope
Home Office Ideas That Are Surprisingly Stylish
Styling your home office is not the easiest thing in the world. A lack of space can be a handicap, and this is why many people just leave it at a desk and a chair. But it doesn't have to be so bland. There are ways that you can set your office up to be stylish without spending a lot and using up a lot of space.
You don't have to follow the designs here explicitly. All you have to do is be inspired and open your minds to new ways of styling your home office.
You don't need a lot of space to have a good home office. In fact, sometimes, all you need is a nook in a quiet place. You can achieve all the elegance you want in that small place. This nook-style works well with a corner in a room, and a shelf with an extended desk as the lowest level. It's also important that your style of chair is lush and comforting.
The upper levels of the shelf can be used for storage space, and that will help keep your desk uncluttered.
Some people simply make use of an ordinary wooden desk and a chair for their offices. That may be useful, but it is certainly not stylish. What's stylish is a workstation, and a great example is the MonitorStand Workstation from Flexispot. The workstation comes with designer accessories, USB charging spot, and it is very easy to install. That's not all. The UV sterilization of the workstation will sterilize your phones, stationery, face masks, and other items. This will help to keep them safe and sterile at all times.
The kind of light you use in your home office can transform the space from a drab looking cubicle to open space for productive work. That's you need to pay attention to it as much as you can. Adequate lighting not
How To Boost Your Immune System Even If You are Over 65
As you well knew the coronavirus pandemic has put the world at a standstill. It has been growing in intensity since at least mid-march and is projected to soon reach a fever pitch. The virus affects people of all age groups, but it's hardly a secret that the aged are the worst hit. Most of the people getting hospitalized as a result of the virus are old people, and when it comes to death rates the are the worst hit.
Why is this happening? Well, the novel coronavirus can easily be fought off by a strong and healthy immune system (some people never even get mild symptoms). But a weak immune system would find it difficult to defeat the virus. And, unfortunately, the immune system of older people, especially those above 65, are already weakened by age.
But all hope isn't lost. If you're in this category, there are still a few things you can do boost your immune system.
This is perhaps the most important tip. The food that you eat will contribute a lot to your body, and that includes your immune system. Healthy food have vitamins and minerals that will help boost your bodies defences, and the more healthy food you eat, the better your immune system becomes.
Some of these foods include vegetables and fruits. In fact, you should pay extra attention to fruits rich in vitamin C like oranges. Asides that, you should try, as much as possible, to reduce your intake of sugar, fat and processed food.
Don't Rush, Don't Stress
If you're too stressed, your immune system can be negatively affected. When you're stressed, your body will release a hormone called cortisol. This hormone is what helps you deal with stressful situations. The hormone also limits nonessential bodily functions.
Generally, short term stress has no adverse effects on the body. But long term stress can arm the body terribly. They lower the response of the immune system and may even make you prone to i
Having trouble with managing remote teams? These few tips can help you out
Nothing in our lifetime has disrupted social life like the Coronavirus pandemic. All over the world, the virus continues to take its toll, and companies, teams and firms all over the world have had to adjust their modus operandi.
That's right. If your work can be done from home, you've probably been asked to start working from the confines of your house. This can be an especially difficult situation, particularly if you're the leader of a team that has to work together. Managers all over the world have been forced into situat ions where they would have to lead teams remotely. This is something that has never happened on such a large scale, and unsurprisingly, managers have found it difficult to adjust.
It's hard enough being a team member receiving virtual instructions. Imagine being the manager giving those instructions and having to coordinate the efforts of others too as well.
But thankfully, there are a few tips that can help you coordinate your team better.
Lower Your Expectations
First off, accept that you will not be as productive as you would have been in the regular office setting. Accept that your team members/workers won't be as productive as well. That will most certainly help you deal with whatever is coming.
This means that you will have to become more flexible, relax some rules on deadlines, and you may have to occasionally pick quality over quantity (that is quality of work over volume).
Stay In Touch
Well, this looks like the put one foot in front of the other rule, but it's important. Research says that contacting people frequently builds communication and makes it easier to sustain engagement.
This means that you must always make sure that your employees are checking in. Don't allow 12 hours go by without getting feedback about a task. You may even set a model of checking in. Maybe every 5 hours, workers are mandated to touch base. This will
8 Immunity Boosting Juices To Drink When You are sick
Today, it's more important than ever to boost your immune system. The coronavirus pandemic ravaging the world has brought one thing to the forefront of our collective consciousness. And what's that thing? Our immune system protects us from a lot of infections, and if it isn't strong enough we may fall sick.
The immune system works round the clock, and it is often deciding what cells to attack and what cells to leave alone. This means that for it to be work at the highest level, it needs all the help it can possibly get.
These 8 juices we are going to be looking at are packed with enough nutrients to give a much-needed boost to your system. Drinking them each morning will keep you rejuvenated and allow your body's natural defences to be at their best.
Orange and Grapefruit
A blend of Orange and Grapefruit contains potent doses of vitamins A, B-6, and C. Vitamin C contains antioxidant properties that will protect your cells from the damaging effect of harmful substances. What's more, a lack of vitamin C in the body may lead to delayed wound healing, impaired immune response, and your body may not be able to fight infections properly.
Kale, Celery And Tomato
Not everyone likes Kale, but it does wonders to the body. This blend of Kale, Celery and Tomato provides your body with magnesium, potassium, iron, fatty acids, and Vitamins A and C. This will not only boost your immune system, but it'll also awaken your senses.
Apple, Carrot and Orange
This is the second juice on this list that includes oranges. That's because Oranges are the best source for vitamin C, and vitamin C is amazing for your immune system. Carrots, Apples and Oranges make a blockbuster combination of fruits that will no doubt help your body fight (and win) infections. This blend contains vitamin C, B-6, C, Potassium and Folic acid.
Homemade Tomato Juice
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