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Things To Help While Working At Home-Brevard NC


Last updated 4/2/2020 at 3:58pm

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"This is the first time in my life I have “had” to work from home. My living room is now set up with a “McGuyvered” stand up desk and an area for taking conference calls. You have to really think about what you want people to see on that zoom or skype conference call! The biggest challenges so far have been to stay out of the kitchen when it is not a mealtime and how to get enough exercise. You can only sit or stand at your desk for so many hours a day,” said Tammy Hopkins with the Blue Zones Project here in Brevard.

During this COVID – 19 unprecedented time, with more people working from home, Blue Zones Project Brevard hopes you and yours are staying home and staying healthy. As we all learn to work from home, here are some tips on using the Blue Zones Project Power 9 framework:

Move Naturally

Ensure you take time during the day to stretch frequently or better yet, go for a walk outside before work starts, between calls or at the end of the day.

Right Outlook

Downshift and take mental breaks as well as physical breaks during the day. Taking 5-10 minute micro-breaks during the work day will help you stay focused and productive.

Eat Wisely

Create menus with a plant slant to ensure you have healthy meals throughout the day. Take a break at lunch, and eat with your kids if they are home from school.

Being near the kitchen all day makes it all too tempting to eat more than we need to, making it hard to practice the 80 percent rule. Prepare healthy snacks, such as cut up veggies, ahead of time to avoid mindless eating during the workday.

Schedule virtual "Friends at Five" coffee meetings with your coworkers in the morning to ensure priorities are aligned. You can also share a toast to decompress from the work week during a virtual Friday Wine at Five.


Set boundaries for your workday and end at a reasonable hour so you can enjoy time with your family and put loved ones first.

We recognize that not everyone has the capability to work from home, and especially appreciate those still working in healthcare, deliveries, grocery stores, restaurants and online schools. Take time to thank the people you encounter in these roles over the coming weeks.

To learn more about Blue Zones Project Brevard go to or follow on Facebook Blue Zones Project in Brevard is powered by Pisgah Health Foundation.


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