Why get up from your desk every hour as a work at home mom

Take a break as a work at home mom

Why get up from your desk every hour as a work at home mom

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I know I used to be guilty of working long hours at the desk. As a work at home mom, you need to get up every hour.

When I first started working from home, I was guilty of working for long hours at a time. I’d only get up when I needed the restroom or some good. It was worse because I was self-employed (I still am!) and felt like if I took a break, it meant I wasn’t working productively.

That’s not the case at all. Since stepping away from the desk every hour, I’ve started being more productive and focused. It doesn’t even have to be that long.

Take a 5-minute break as a work at home mom

You want to step away once an hour for just five minutes for some of those breaks. My dogs make me step away for longer, but it’s turned out to be great for my productivity and I get far more work done than I did before I set this routine with them.

Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., I will step away from the desk for one 5-minute break. Then between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., I have another 5-minute break.

Wait, isn’t that longer than an hour? At 1 p.m., I have a 20-minute (at least) break and I try to finish my day at 4 p.m. If I don’t have the dogs, I’ll step away for five minutes at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and then finish at 6 p.m.

You’ll find a routine that works for you. This is the best one that works for me.

You will want some breaks that are longer than five minutes. I find a 20-30 minute break at 10:30 a.m. and at 1 p.m. are perfect for me (and for my dogs!).

Why a break every hour is important

When working from home, you want to get away from the computer. Try to leave your office if you can, or look at doing some desk workouts if you don’t want to leave the office. This is the best way to boost your productivity levels and your overall health.

sitting at a desk all day isn’t good for you. It leads to back and shoulder problems, mental health issues, eye strain, and much more. Your mood drops and you don’t work as well. How often have you started daydreaming or procrastinating when you should be working?

As a work-at-home mom, every minute should count. That doesn’t mean you have to work every single one of those minutes. A break is still “working.” It’s giving your body and brain time to relax and unwind.

MORE: When is the best time to work out when working from home?

What are you struggling with when it comes to working from home? Which part of your health is suffering? Share in the comments below.

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Alexandria Ingham is a professional writer. She predominately ghost-writes in various niches, including fitness, finance and technology Everything is fully researched and well-written. Under her own name, she writes in the technology, business, history and weight loss niches

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