Five steps to stay well at work
If you have an office-based job, there are plenty of ways it can impact on your general health. From being seated all day, to looking at glaring screens – not to mention the dreaded biscuit tin.
So how can you sidestep these health saboteurs to remain well at work?
1. Tidy your desk
Sitting amongst chaos is enough to peak anyone’s stress levels. If your desk is covered in paperwork and tea-stained mugs, take 10 minutes at the start of your day for a tidy.
Try to make your desk a sanctuary of calm – have a small plant, crystals and positive imagery surrounding you.
2. Take breaks
Plan to take breaks throughout the day. They needn’t be hour-long escapes, but if you can schedule several 10-minute breaks to get up and move around, your health will benefit.
Taking at least 30 minutes for lunch to get out of the office and eat something nutritious will keep you motivated and productive.
3. Eat well
Office environments are notorious for unhealthy snacking – whether it’s the consistent stream of biscuits or endless Birthday cakes. Resisting temptation can be hard, but it is made much easier if you are prepared!
Keep your desk drawer packed with healthy options, like fruit, nuts and vegetable crudites.
Sitting for long periods of time has been proven to affect health negatively, so as well as your scheduled breaks try to fit in some stretches or at-desk yoga. Interlace your hands behind your back and stretch backwards to relieve your upper back and shoulders.
5. Stay hydrated
Keep a big bottle of water by your desk and keep sipping! If plain water bores you, add some slices of fresh fruit or herbs for flavour. Caffeine can increase anxiety levels, so try replacing your coffee with herbal teas.
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