Most of us spend the greater percentage of our time at the office and in most cases, that time can be draining and stressful. Unfortunately, all that time sitting at your desk staring at a computer can have a detrimental effect on your health, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are some simple things you can do to build healthier habits at work, become more productive, and break the cycle of workplace stress.
- Get enough sleep – having the energy you need to get through the day begins with making sure that you’re getting the right amount of sleep. Without the proper amount of rest, you can end up being listless, groggy and tired during the day, which can seriously cut back on workplace productivity. Make sure you get to bed early, shut down all electronics and allow your body to rest and recharge. Remember that the quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity, so do everything you can to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep.
- Eat a good breakfast – we’ve all heard the old saying about breakfast being the most important meal of the day, and there’s something to that. Eating a healthy breakfast is not only good for you; it also provides the fuel you need to get through the day. So don’t skimp on your first meal of the day, make it count.
- Stay hydrated – while everyone tends to cling to his or her coffee mug at work, don’t overlook the water cooler. Staying properly hydrated is important for many reasons…it can improve your mood, your energy level, and your brain function and can even help you to lose weight. So make sure you’re getting enough water throughout the work day.
- Snack healthy – we all tend to grab for the snack dish during the day. Snacking is a normal human inclination, but that doesn’t mean you should head for the candy dish or the vending machine when you need a boost of energy. You can help yourself to be healthier while staving off those energy-zapping cravings by making sure you have a supply of healthy snacks like fruit and nuts to nibble on.
- Get up and move – nothing helps to improve energy and maintain good health like exercise and nothing works against that like sitting in one place for hours at a time. You need to break those sedentary habits by getting up and moving around from time to time during the day. It can be as easy as walking to a co-workers desk instead of emailing them or taking the stairs rather than the elevator. You can take it a step further by going for a walk during your lunch hour or even hitting the gym and getting in a brief workout on an exercise bike. Those brief periods of movement help to recharge your batteries, restore your energy and improve your overall health.
- Take a break – even if you can’t get out of the office to exercise, you still need to take the occasional break to alleviate eyestrain, improve brain function and alleviate stress. Even 10 minutes spent clearing your mind and getting away from your work can make a big difference. You could use the time to read, meditate or simply do nothing and just enjoy the peace and quiet for a few minutes. Chances are you’ll feel much better when you go back to work.
- Sit up straight – your mother probably said this all the time while you were growing up and guess what? She was right! Good posture can have a big effect on your health, helping to improve lung function, alleviate GI issues and neck pain, and increase oxygenation to the brain, which in turn improves your concentration. So when you are chained to that desk, make sure you’re sitting up straight and you’ll find that it helps you feel better.
These are just a few quick and easy tips for building healthy habits at work. There are many other things you can try that will help you to feel better and have more energy. Whatever you do, remember not to bring your work home with you. The more you carry around that work-related stress, the greater the effect it will have on both your family life and your health, so it’s important to know when to leave it behind and concentrate on other things for a while.
About the Author
Jennifer O’Neal is a writer who loves to write an article on various topics such as health, fitness, exercise etc. She is a lifelong cyclist, enjoying the thrill of an outdoor ride as much as the one on her indoor cycling bikes. She uses exercise bikes for weight loss & fitness.