Is the coronavirus pandemic forcing your company to let you work from home for the next few months? Or perhaps is it making you frightened to venture out?
Staying at home more often may be a wise decision now, but it can also leave you in a rut. How do you take care of yourself better or even more productive?
Consider investing in the following:
- Gaming Laptops
Contrary to popular belief, gaming isn’t inherently bad. A 2017 research in Frontiers revealed that the activity could change many regions of the brain, particularly those that govern visual-spatial skills and attention. It may make these areas more efficient!
Another study also revealed that playing games could help improve scores in math and teach you how to be more analytical. All these can make you a better worker or student.
Although games are best played on consoles or huge LCD screens, you can also get yourself affordable gaming laptops. They’re excellent for newbies and are flexible enough that you can use it for work.
- Sit-Stand Desks
All the sitting you do daily can harm your body in the long-term. Multiple studies already suggest that a sedentary lifestyle can increase your risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disorders and diabetes. It also raises the odds of obesity.
But what if you can’t leave your workstation or home office at all? The next best option is to buy a sit-stand desk. This way, you can always change your position anytime, although you may want to keep standing for 30 minutes every hour to get the full benefits.
- Sun Lamps
Also known as SAD lamps, these are light devices that mimic sunlight, which makes them ideal for people suffering from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Although this condition is more common during fall or winter, it may also impact those who spend most of their time indoors.
These lamps are available in different designs. You can mount some of them on the wall, while others fit desks. Either way, you can spend up to 20 minutes each morning with it if you can’t get out for some sunshine.
- Hydroponic Setup
Perhaps you’re one of those who want to grow some food but don’t have the yard or even time to do it. Worse, you’re probably scared to spend a lot of time outdoors.
Fortunately, you can resolve all these woes by opting for a hydroponic setup. This allows you to grow plants using water and some special nutrients. Pair this with fluorescent grow lights, and your veggies and even fruits can thrive even without natural sunlight or soil.
Since the setup is self-watering, it requires less maintenance. Even better, once you become good at it, you can add fish like tilapia. Fish waste is an excellent source of nitrogen for plants.
- Automated Cleaning Machines
With the demands of work, childcare, and even self-care, you will hardly have enough time for cleaning–and yet cleanliness is definitely next to godliness these days.
The good news is many kinds of cleaning equipment are already automated or, if not, come with plenty of handy features to make your chores easier and faster:
- Robot vacuum cleaners that can clean even carpets and staircases
- Dishwashers with high-enough heat that may also disinfect food
- Multifunctional cookers, such as Instant Pot that let you cook different dishes without using so many appliances
These items are better investments because you can use them even post-COVID, so you’re not wasting money.