To do your job well, you need to feel well. So, how can you stack the odds in your favor? Use these five tips to improve your health at work.
- Make Smart Food Choices
Hitting the vending machine can not only derail your healthy lifestyle but also lower your productivity. Although some items are healthier than others, vending machines and restaurants often trick us into making poor choices. And, highly processed, high sugar foods will make you feel sluggish and tired. Resist temptation by bringing a healthy lunch along with a few light snacks. Lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts can keep you full and energetic all day long. Plus, as a bonus, packing your lunch can save you thousands of dollars every year.
- Drink Plenty of Water
Staying hydrated helps your body work properly and keeps your brain more alert. Pay attention to how much you drink during the day by scheduling regular water breaks and/or by carrying a water bottle. Most of us have heard the 8×8 rule (drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day). However, this is more of a suggestion than a scientific fact. Experiment to figure out the right amount of water for you.
- Take Frequent Breaks
Sitting, or even standing, in one position for extended periods can slow your metabolism, cause neck and back injuries and increase your risk of chronic diseases. Switch things up by taking a quick break every 30 minutes or so. At minimum, try to change your position and/or do a quick stretch. Also, consider building moderate exercise into your longer breaks. For example, you could walk around the block with a coworker during lunch or commit to taking the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Manage Stress
Sometimes work is stressful, and that stress can negatively impact your health, your relationships and your on-the-job performance. First, figure out exactly what stresses you out. A heavy workload? Tight deadlines? A difficult supervisor or colleague? Unclear expectations? Then, if possible, work with your manager to address any issues. And, remember, frequent breaks and a healthy diet can help you deal with those unavoidable, everyday stressors too.
- Keep Your Workspace Clean
Tidy workspaces can prevent accidents and allow you to be less stressed and more productive. As you go, put tools and paperwork back in their place. Throw out the garbage and remove clutter. Also, during cold and flu season, use sanitizing wipes to disinfect your space and prevent illnesses. A 2012 study found a computer keyboard alone could be home to three times more bacteria than a public toilet seat.
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