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If you’ve suddenly gone from conference rooms to video conferencing from the couch, it takes an adjustment to become acclimated to this weird new work environment—trust me, I know. Now throw in your significant other’s updated schedule, cramped quarters, and both of you trying to conduct business as usual, and you’ve got a whole different outlook on love, patience (and relationships).
Whether it’s tackling space issues or timely snacking, here are nine things (and tips) we’re doing to stay sane—and avoid dueling Zoom calls—while co-working from home with your partner:
1. Set some ground rules. You may have the same approach to WFH as your partner—and that’s awesome— but odds are both have slightly different expectations about what working from home really means. One of you may prefer to work in silence while the other may like to keep the TV on as background noise. That could be a recipe for disaster, especially under stressful circumstances. Figure out what each of you needs to be successful when WFH and, yes, find some compromises (it’s the secret sauce to any relationship!). Maybe your TV-loving partner can tune into a podcast through their headphones. Ta-da!
2. Communicate your schedules.
Before reporting for WFH work duty in the AM, share your calendars for the day with one another. Maybe it’s a sticky note reminder or a Slack message—however you choose to communicate your daily plan (and any important meetings) will help you both avoid disruptions. Because we all know reviving up the smoothie maker during a call with your boss isn’t ideal for your working relationships.
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If you’re both having video calls simultaneously (hello, WFH life), you may run into bandwidth issues. Not AOL dial-up issues, we’re talking about modern-day connection problems. Here’s a quick tech tip: try turning off your camera or dialing in from your phone to minimize interruptions. Also, reach out to your internet service provider about troubleshooting or upgrading your bandwidth (at least for the time being).
4. Find separate spaces. Apartment, condo, or home, if you have the room to designate separate workspaces, it’s a game-changer. Whether it be a guest room, home office, or living room, having one person in a different part of your humble abode will help to establish boundaries (and eliminate distractions). Is one of your spaces is significantly superior to the other (full of natural light, plants, and positivity)? Try switching spots every other day, so there is no feeling of resentment about getting the short end of the WFH stick. Remember, function and comfort are key.
5. Be intentional about your time off together.
Eight-hour WFH workday and only a room away? Make your downtime count! From disconnecting over a homemade lunch to grabbing some mid-day fresh air (and taking the dog for the walk), try closing your laptops and reconnecting without talking about work. It might get those creative juices flowing! Looking for a way to destress, together? Plug into a virtual yoga or HIIT class. You’ll burn calories without burning the midnight oil.
6. Don’t forget about me time.
Being cooped up with the same person for too long can put a strain on even the most bulletproof of relationships. I love you, honey, but…. Remember to schedule some alone time. By allowing yourself mental and physical space can provide clarity, balance, and make you a better partner. Get outside—take a short walk on your own—or take a break to read a new book. Your S/O will understand.
7. Don’t get hangry—keep snacks handy!
Here’s the recipe for relationship disaster: two hangry people (now WFH cohorts) who have spent all day together. Keep easy-to-grab, healthy snacks around to keep your mood and energy up throughout the day. Leave a treat on your partner’s desk, too, so they remember to eat between meetings.
8. Make sure your workout class isn’t high volume.
Do your work schedules (or interests) prevent you from working out at home together? If you’re determined to get that WFH workout class in, be aware of the noise level (and take your S/Os schedule into account). Turn on your Bluetooth headphones—or turn down the volume—so your better half can keep focused.
9. Establish a conducive quitting time.
Working from home can easily bleed into your downtime. When 5 o’clock rolls around, close your laptop and step away. You don’t want to experience work burnout, especially if when it relates to your occupational wellness. Unless you’re calling friends or checking the ‘Gram, it’s a good practice to try to leave your phone at your WFH workspace as well. Creating a strict divide between when you’re working and when you’re on your own time will help you to be more attentive to your relationship, your pets—and your own well-being!
Working from home, especially with your S/O, can be challenging—but it can also be extremely rewarding. From a better understanding of what your better half does to taking breaks together, sharing what you do every day with the one you love can only strengthen your relationship (as I work from my standup desk a room away from my husband).
Do you have any tips when it comes to WFH with your partner? Tell us (and tag us) on @mindbody!
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.