Even though the world is slowly returning back to normalcy, we're still not quite there yet. And perhaps, it might still take a long time before the world goes back to the way it was pre-pandemic. Though most industries and businesses are working on delivering as they did before 2020, global work patterns have started shifting.
During the lockdown, business owners struggled to digitalize their operations. Now that these businesses and their employees are used to working in a remote setup, the nature of work-life is again in question. While a few businesses have invited employees to work physically full-time again, most are leaning towards a hybrid model where employees would be required to work from the office only a few days in the week, and others are opting to stick with WFH.
If your company has you working from home some or all days of the week, you undoubtedly have some extra time on your hands. The time once used for the commute to and from your office is now all free. With that in mind, let's look at some activities you can take up to fill that empty space.
1. Meal Prep
The biggest effect of having to commute between work and home is having less time for meal preparation. This makes ordering in almost inevitable. This isn't good. Now that you have some extra time, you need to look into self-care - and what better way to take care of yourself than feeding yourself things that are good for your body and mind.
2. Move Your Muscles
Staying in all the time means your body isn't getting the daily movement it needs to be healthy. Incorporate any activity into your everyday routine that keeps those gears running. You could opt to pick up a sport, hit the gym regularly, or maybe even just talk a walk around the block. Whatever gets you moving. Once you feel that endorphin kick, you'll never want to go back.
3. Get the Creative Juices Flowing
What hobbies did you have growing up? Did you end up abandoning these hobbies after stepping into adult life like every other working person is forced to? If yes, now's the time to get back to the things you loved doing. It is not uncommon for adults to report feeling stressed or anxious regularly. These feelings arise from the lack of an outlet to express emotions. Or even just a fun activity that helps blow off some steam.
Wrapping It Up
We know you'd rather spend all those extra hours curled up in bed with your phone or laptop. But soon enough, the realization of time being wasted will hit you. That's when you pull out these three activities to incorporate into your daily routine.