More and more people are working from home, but if it isn’t something you’ve done before, you might find it hard to focus. Juggling getting your work finished, staying comfortable, and not becoming distracted (especially if you have children) is tricky if you aren’t used to it!
So, how can you make working from home, work for you?
Set an alarm and get yourself up and dressed
Don’t be tempted to sleep in. Set an alarm for a time that is close to when you would normally get up (excluding the commute), shower and dress yourself ready for a day of work. It is easy to avoid doing things when you are in your pyjamas on the sofa at 11am!
Make a to-do list
Identify what you need to do either that morning or the night before. Work through your list ensuring you get all of your action points done. Try not to worry about an order (unless one is more important), just be strict on yourself that it must be done by the end of the day
Create yourself a working from home area
Where possible, this should be a separate room that you can go in and close the door to focus on work. If this isn’t possible, set up an area that has everything you will need in it to complete a day’s work, including a comfortable chair and be sure your family know not to disturb you while you are in that area!
Set clear working hours
Check with your manager that it doesn’t matter if these are less than your usual hours (especially if you have your children at home too), but make sure you set yourself working hours and stick to them.
Check in with your co-workers
Like you would in the office, check in with co-workers throughout your day to see how everyone is getting on. This can be done by email or video conferencing!
Sitting for extended periods of time can cause back ache, be sure to get up and stretch throughout the day. If you have a garden, spend some time there during the day for fresh air and a change of scenery.
Try to stay away from the kitchen
· Like you would at work, bring yourself a few snacks to where you are working and take a lunch break away from your working space. Don’t be tempted to wander into the kitchen throughout the day to find something tasty!
Do you have any other tips? Let us know!
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Because your knee is a complex joint, with many moving parts it can be more prone to injury1. Knee pain can often be treated at home and you should start to feel better in a few days2.
What are some of the common causes of knee pain?
Knee pain can be a symptom of many different conditions, the NHS has put together this table to help you if you are struggling with knee pain. Remember, if you are worried see your GP.
|Knee symptoms||Possible cause|
|Pain after overstretching, overusing or twisting, often during exercise||sprains and strains|
|Pain between your kneecap and shin, often caused by repetitive running or jumping||tendonitis|
|Unstable, gives way when you try to stand, unable to straighten, may hear a popping sound during injury||torn ligament, tendon or meniscus, cartilage damage|
|Teenagers and young adults with pain and swelling below kneecap||Osgood-Schlatter’s disease|
|Kneecap changes shape after a collision or sudden change in direction||dislocated kneecap|
Knee pain with no obvious injury
Causes of knee pain without injury
|Knee symptoms||Possible cause|
|Pain and stiffness in both knees, mild swelling, more common in older people||osteoarthritis|
|Warm and red, kneeling or bending makes pain and swelling worse||bursitis|
|Swelling, warmth, bruising, more likely while taking anticoagulants||bleeding in the joint|
|Hot and red, sudden attacks of very bad pain||gout or septic arthritis|
What are the Symptoms of Knee Pain that Indicate Arthritis?
Generally, when peoples knee pain is caused by arthritis they have a dull, achy pain in their knee. Sometimes it is stiff in the morning but feels a little better as they get moving.
People with arthritis in their knee may suffer from episodic flares of knee pain where it gets swollen and then gets a little better, and it fluctuates a little bit as time goes on.
It is important to recognize that there is no one specific symptom that one will have with knee arthritis, but rather a constellation of them and then putting that into the overall clinical picture as well.3
What are the treatments for sudden knee pain?
The treatment you use to treat your knee pain will vary depending on the cause.
For conditions that cause swelling, redness and dull burning pain you should treat them using Rest, Ice & Elevation). You may also find that products containing ibuprofen may help.1(screenshot below)