4 Tips for Working From Home (REST)

April 2020

Here at Farebrother Ollie works in our Lease Advisory team, he is also an Ambassador for PropFit (a non for profit property network aimed to raise the importance and status of mental health and wellness within the property industry). 

Below Ollie has put together some of his key pointers for improving both physical and mental health whilst working from home.


4 Tips for Working From Home (REST)



I have found that keeping my day as close to my typical working has helped with my concentration and efficiency.  Some useful tips include:

  • Replace your normal commute with a walk/workout/yoga.
  • Shower and change into clean clothes.  No lounging in pyjamas all day.
  • Have a lunch break at a similar time each day.
  • Get up and walk around regularly.
  • Avoid any technology for the hour before you sleep.


Try and get your heart rate up through some form of exercise each day.  Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous, it can be anything from a light walk/yoga/Pilates to a home workout or bike ride. 

Exercise releases endorphins.  Endorphins trigger a positive feeling in the body and reduce stress, ward of anxiety and improve sleep.


The most important, but underrated part of improving mental health is working to initiate and maintain a good sleep pattern.  Falling out of this routine is easy, and that can kick off a vicious cycle.

  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon
  • Stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Have some form of exercise during the day
  • No “blue light,” e.g. phones, tablets, TV etc in the hour before bed – “The blue light emitted by screens on cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions restrain the production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep/wake cycle.”
  • Try to get a full, uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep (easier said than done if you have children, I appreciate.)


Very suddenly we have all gone  from working in an office full of people to being told not to leave the house.  This will affect people differently.  One person may live alone and struggle with the intensity of daily interactions, whereas another may crave constantly being around other people, and struggle immensely with solitude.

This is why it’s great that we have out daily catch ups, just to make sure everyone in the team is doing ok, and then have our Friday catch up with those who have been furloughed (no work) chat.

Speaking with friends and family often acts as a real pick-me-up too.


Oliver Billson MRICS – Propfit Ambassador and Senior Surveyor in our Lease Advisory team