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News article22 January 2021European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion2 min read

5 tips for a healthy work-life balance during winter COVID-19 restrictions

The winter months can leave you feeling less motivated and spending more time at home. This can make it hard to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and COVID-19 restrictions don’t help. Check out our top 5 tips for managing winter restrictions!

5 tips for a healthy work-life balance during winter COVID-19 restrictions

1. Prioritise your health
It’s important to remember to look after yourself by taking regular breaks away from your desk and finding ways to exercise. There are a vast range of online classes available making it easier to exercise indoors at a time that suits you – whether you are into yoga or high-intensity training, there’s something for everyone.

2. Decide on a winter routine
Your summer working from home routine may not work as well with the shorter days and colder temperatures in winter. Changing the times of your daily routine could help you to get more out of your day. Consider going out for walks or runs in your lunch hour rather than after work to make the most of the daylight. If you are able to work flexibly, you could even make small changes to the hours you work to make the most of the last bit of light when you clock out.

3. Stick to the same ground rules
If you are working from home, try to keep enforcing good habits. Confining your work to one room in the house, starting work at the same time each day, keeping your office room clean and taking regular breaks both by taking your eyes off the screen and getting up, leaving your desk and stretching your legs can all help to maintain a good work-life balance. If you have faced COVID-19 restrictions for a long period of time, try not to let your good habits slip.

4. Stay sociable
While COVID-19 restrictions might stop you from visiting your workplace or seeing your friends, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Facetime can be great tools to engage with people. You can still celebrate birthdays and festivities by sending cards and having a cup of tea or glass of wine over Zoom. Making an effort to talk to colleagues for five minutes with your camera on could make a big difference to your day and you might be the only person they speak to while working from home.

5. Look out for online entertainment
More and more events have shifted online due to COVID-19. This means that you can still attend concerts, quizzes, exhibitions, comedy shows and cooking classes from your living room! These events can give you something to look forward to at the end of your week and create fun memories to share with your friends while following government guidance.  

So, there you have it – 5 tips to maintain a healthy work-life balance during winter COVID-19 restrictions. For more working from home tips, see our Make working from home easier with five simple steps.


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