How To Improve Health Output At Work
Since many of us are at work upwards of 40 hours per week, it would be wise to make our environment there as healthy as possible. There are many things we can do to improve our working conditions and promote health. Here are 10 things you can do to help you achieve this goal.
Stash some healthy snacks. One of the toughest challenges at work involves resisting the unhealthy treats that coworkers and clients bring in. By keeping healthy snacks in your desks such as almonds, granola bars, apples, and bananas, you can fight the cravings that come your way.
Clean your keyboard often. Many germs can accumulate on this type of surface. If you want to lessen the chance of coming down with a virus, spray and wipe your keyboard with a mix of water and germ-fighting essential oils such as tea tree, lemongrass, and eucalyptus. Or choose another disinfectant you have on hand.
Stand up and take a quick walk every 15 minutes. Our bodies were not made to sit still for extended periods of time. Go for a short walk every 15 minutes, even if it is to the end of the hall. If possible, take a longer one on your lunch break.
Resolve conflicts promptly. When there are interpersonal conflicts with anyone at work, it can have a negative effect on your health. If there has been a problem involving someone you work with, resolve it in as swift a manner as possible.
Rest your eyes. When you are using the computer for extended periods of time, your eyes need a break. Follow the 20-20-20 rule, which says that after every 20 minutes of using the computer, rest your eyes for 20 seconds by looking at an object at least 20 feet away.
Don’t push yourself past your own limits. You know yourself better than anyone else. If you are getting stressed out, learn to say no more often. Don’t take on more than you can handle, and give yourself a break when you make a mistake.
Take a break for lunch. You may feel that you can help your company out more by working through lunch. However, this will make you less productive and take a toll on your health quickly.
Drink plenty of water. It can be difficult to remember to drink the recommended daily intake of water when you are busy at work. Your body needs water to function properly, so don’t neglect it. Put your water bottle in plain sight to help you remember.
Sit up straight. Your mother was right when she told you to sit and stand tall. Your posture has an effect on your health, so find some way such as a phone reminder to help you remember to sit up straight, and it will soon become a habit.
Use stress busters. Work can be one of the most stressful time periods of our day, so it is important to have an outlet. Yours may be taking 10 deep breaths when work is getting to you, or it may be a simple stress ball to squish when you are feeling frustrated.
Work is where you spend the bulk of your day, so why not make it the most healthful place you can? It doesn’t take a lot to put health at the forefront during your time at work. Follow these simple steps and become a healthier you every time you walk into your office.