We’re entering a new phase of the pandemic when more and more employees are being called to work at the office at least some of the time. At their best, hybrid working arrangements promise to blend the benefits of remote and office-based work. However, there is growing evidence that hybrid work can also deliver the worst of both worlds and become the most stressful working arrangement.
In one survey, HR leaders said hybrid and remote work were nearly equally emotionally exhausting for employees. However, employees felt that hybrid work was nearly twice as emotionally draining as remote work. That’s not surprising, given that hybrid work may blend the Zoom fatigue and always-on mindset of remote working with the commutes and noise of working from the office.
However, there is a growing list of wellness apps and tools that anyone can use to monitor and manage their health during a time of stress and uncertainty. Here are a few that are worth checking out, though it’s important to note they’re meant to supplement rather than replace professional health advice.
One of the major challenges of a busy hybrid working schedule is finding the time to exercise. The good news is that there are plenty of smartphone apps to help anyone track their fitness goals and fit some exercise into even the busiest week.
The Grokker app for iOS and Android, for example, features over 70 goal-oriented programs and thousands of fitness, yoga, meditation, and healthy cooking videos. The New York Times, meanwhile, has a seven-minute workout you can do from anywhere.
There’s a long list of websites and smartphone apps to help you manage stress and keep grounded, no matter what the workday throws at you. Headspace, for example, is a guide to meditation and mindfulness for everyday life, while the Moodfit app offers a range of customisable tools and insights to help you track your mental health and reduce stress. Moodpath helps you manage anxiety, depression, and stress.
Long hours spent sitting in a front of a computer screen each day can take a toll on your neck and your back. There are many useful apps and websites that can help you to correct your posture when using a device and alert you when you’re slouching or bending your neck at a weird angle. Limber is a simple browser extension that reminds you to refresh your posture, PoseAlert.com alerts you when you’re not holding your posture, and FixPosture blurs your screen when you’re not sitting correctly.
Excessive screen time isn’t only bad for your back—it can also cause sore eyes, headaches and even long-term damage to your vision. Apps like Awareness (for Mac and Windows) and the eyeCare Chrome browser extension remind you to take regular breaks. F.lux adjusts the brightness and tint of your monitor based on the time of day.
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