You need to remain healthy, right? Well, don’t expect your workplace to be a safe haven. People experience neck strain, eye strain, back problems and other ailments. However, we bring our own bad habits to the office as well. We don’t eat healthy, we don’t exercise and we don’t know how to distress.
There are benefits for staying healthy at work as it will reduce stress and help you remain productive. It will also cut down on doctor visits. Maybe you feel you have little control, but this is where many go wrong. You can start by making small changes that will eventually help your overall well-being.
This can include eating healthier, letting go of anxiety, organizing your files, cleaning your desk or taking a walk. Look at what you can do for your health at work and you might see new possibilities by creating new habits. Here are 6 practical ways to get you started.
An office can be very tempting especially if there are good cooks and bakers around. If temptations are constant and having a healthy lunch is questionable--there are ways to remain on track. If you have a refrigerator at work keep carrots, almonds, bananas or a prepared salad to help avoid mindless snacking.
Eat foods high in fiber like lentils, peas, broccoli and black beans as these can make you feel full during the day. There are vegetarian frozen entrees (Amy’s is good) that center on these foods and you can bring these meals to work, plus it will save you money. Additionally, avoid the community candy bowl at work when you want a sweet. It can add a few hundred calories!
Drink More Water
Start drinking about 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. This can include herbal teas, sports drinks, soups or juice. There are foods that can hydrate you as well. Cucumbers, watermelon, lettuce, strawberries, tomatoes and carrots are great ways to keep you hydrated.
If you tend to forget to drink enough water, WebMD suggested setting your computer alarm to remind you. Bring your own 16-ounce bottle of water in and finish it by lunch. This helps you stick to your hydration goals. Water also helps flush out the system and may protect you from colds and other germs, so make sure you hydrate.
Avoid Communal Pens
Do you tend to pick up different writing utensils throughout the day? You might be picking up a virus that can be passed by hand-to-hand contact. Communal pens, pencils or markers can get you sick. “Any way you can avoid touching public objects—such as the communal pen at the bank—will cut your risk,” Prevention reported.
The best thing to do is to bring your own supply into work and use your own wherever you go to. Another thing you can do is keep track of what pens you are using during the day. It might be overboard, but your health is worth it.
Watch What You Touch
Be mindful of what you touch in the office. For example, the bathroom pour-style soap dispensers have more germs than you think! Mold and other microbes could be growing in the soap that could cause rashes and urinary tract infections. You can purchase a sample bottle of soap that you can use to help prevent this.
Another tip to avoid direct contact is using paper towels when opening the dishwasher, refrigerator or bathroom doorknobs at work during cold and flu season. Make sure to clean and disinfect surfaces like desks, doorknobs, keyboards and telephones to ward off germs. You may not be able to avoid all germs, but at least you can increase your success rate against them.
Get out of your chair and start exercising instead of eating at your desk. We know that we can become swamped at work, but 15 minutes won’t make a difference unless there is a serious deadline looming. If you can’t get out of the office start walking outside the building or inside the building.
You can start taking the stairs, park further away or bring your bike. If you can get out of the office, drive to a mall and walk around for 30 minutes. You may think it is not much, but over the course of the week it will add up! Exercise will clear your head and help your body become more relaxed. Also, it will make you a happier employee!
There are many things that stress does to the body. It causes heart attacks, high blood pressure, headaches, weight gain and headaches. How could you work if your health tanks? Take an inventory of your health. Look for ways to find the balance between home life and work life.
Don’t try to push through commitments if you are drained or physically ill. If you feel that you need a break, take a personal day. After work try to relax and do something you love. It can be running, writing, listening to music or anything that allows you to escape. Stress can do a lot of damage, so be proactive in taming it.
The most important thing that you can do to stay healthy at work is to know your limits. Focus on what you can control like exercising, eating healthier and developing a plan to distress. Have a positive outlook and plan so you can remain healthy and happy at work or anywhere you may go.
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