Staying healthy and hydrated when working from home
The Covid-19 pandemic has turned life as we know it upside down. Both our personal and professional lives have been impacted by the virus and the many restrictions introduced to keep our communities and the individuals within safe.
Businesses have also had to change the way they work to continue their operations in some capacity during these uncertain times. With this, many have turned to remote working to keep their doors open.
During 2020, 50% of the UK’s workforce were working remotely. With the road out of the pandemic set to be a long one, working from home is expected to be the new normal for quite some time.
Many workers have struggled to adapt to remote working. But staying healthy and hydrated remains the key to looking after your body and mind, striking a good work-life balance, maintaining focus, and maximising your productivity within the home office.
We share our top tips for getting one of the most important wellbeing basics right when working from home.
Set yourself a goal
Getting organised has been a must for remote workers, especially as they aim to balance their work and home life during this difficult period. Use the same organisation to devise and set a goal for drinking water throughout the day.
Whilst the ‘8×8 rule’ is the go-to for many, it’s not just about the quantity of water as NHS Inform reveals:
“You should drink plenty of fluids such as water, diluted squash and fruit juice to stay hydrated. The key is to drink regularly throughout the day (at least 6-8 mugs). If you’re active, or if the weather is particularly hot, there’s a greater risk that you will become dehydrated. To stay hydrated, you should increase your fluid intake.”
Make things interesting
Variety is the spice of life, and whilst water is a great base, you can be as creative as you like to enhance your water drinking experience. This is especially true if you’re not a fan of the taste of tap water.
Filtering your water is a great way to enjoy all the health benefits of good hydration and the best taste.
You can do this conveniently and inexpensively at home with our drinking water filter systems.
We’d also recommend using your filtered water to experiment with infused water recipes and herbal tea.
Keep your bottle by your side
Reusable water bottles are great for staying hydrated on the go. You can also use them at your desk to stay hydrated all day long.
Whether your favourite reusable water bottle uses smart technology to remind you when to drink, has markings on the side to keep track of those measurements, or has no such bells and whistles, making water easily accessible during working hours is essential.
Time your water drinking sessions
If you have an issue remembering to hydrate throughout the day, time your water drinking sessions with something you do throughout the day.
Some people aim to drink a glass of water with every meal and snack, whilst others use their toilet breaks as a reminder to top up their fluid levels.
You could even drink one glass of water per hour at work, which means you’ll smash your 8 glass a day goal by the time your 8-hour shift is over!
If your working hours have you eating at irregular times, why not use technology to your advantage? There are lots of hydration apps available – many of which are free to use.
These apps will alert you to drink at regular intervals, and some will even track your intake to make it even easier to hit your daily target.
Snack on water-rich treats
Being selective with your snacks is another way to up your hydration. Choose foods that are high in water.
Fruits and vegetables contain lots of the good stuff allowing you to enjoy a hit of hydration as well as plenty of health-boosting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Discover the most hydrating foods and drinks to enjoy during your working day right here.