Creating a Healthy Home Environment

The Honourable Janet Austin and Arthur Vickers at Government House

With as many people as possible working remotely to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I want to share some tips on maintaining a healthy home environment. Isolation and an improper work station set-up can take a toll on our mental and physical health.

I’ve been working from home since I moved into Government House, almost two years ago! I find it helpful to follow a structured day with a routine, proper office set up and time to get some exercise. Luckily my “Vice Regal Canine Consort” MacDuff makes sure I take daily walks around the beautiful grounds here at Government House.

  • Ensure you set up your work station in a thoughtful and supportive way. Here are few suggestions from the New York Post on how to create a functional home office, along with a few things to avoid.
  • Make a routine for working and living at home. Don’t forget to include exercise and nutrition breaks! These tips from Psychology Today offer great suggestions on getting into a routine.
  • Reach out to friends, family, co-workers– for their sake and yours. Create a list of people to call and set a goal to reach out. I’ve been chatting with friends and family from near and far and it’s been of great comfort. Healthline’s tips will ensure you continue to have meaningful connections throughout isolation.
  • Get out in the garden, enjoy the sunshine and relax. Check out these ideas from Management 3.0 on how to take a break.
  • Ask for help! Check with your employer to see if you have programs or supports or reach out to an online counsellor. Here’s a list of online counsellors in British Columbia. Feeling anxious? The Canadian Mental Health Association has tips and tools for anxiety here, and a list of other services available during this time. 

While we all do our part to prevent the spread of the virus by staying at home, make sure you do your part to take care of yourself as well!

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