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6 tips to a healthier work life

If you’re like most people you spend at least one third of your week at work which can be physically and mentally draining, but the workplace can also be unhealthy in other ways as well. We all spend so much time in the one place and workplace health is something you should be concerned about. Workplace health however is something that a lot of employers and employees put on the back burner and often forget about. Here are 6 easy tips to a healthier work life.

Keep yourself hydrated
It’s so important to drink lots of water as keeping hydrated can help reduce headaches that can be brought on from staring at a computer screen all day, it can also assist in keeping your muscles healthy.

The more water you drink, the less likely you are to snack. Not only does it fill you up, but it will satisfy the craving if you are looking to snack out of boredom.

A great way to keep yourself hydrated is by keeping a water bottle on your desk at all times, and when it’s empty go and fill it up.

Get moving and take a break
Don’t sit all day get up and move, you have to remember that you don’t have to be confined to your desk all day.

Take a walk outside as it is proven that stimulation and the environment can capture our involuntary attention, which research suggests may allow for more directed attention, which helps us do our jobs.

Email and other office technologies are undoubtedly convenient, delivering a message the old fashioned way can be more time consuming although it is a much healthier option.

Setting an alarm to remind yourself to get up and walk around is also a simple and effective way of getting active in the workplace.

Take a break every 2 hours and be aware of mental fatigue which is a signal that you should take a break.

Ergonomic makeover
We spend a lot of time sitting at our desks every day, and while it may not feel like it now it can cause serious problems with our bodies.

By not having a proper desk set up you are more likely to slouch and be tensing your shoulders which can cause a pinched nerve, incorrect posture can also cause back injuries and repetitive strain injury (RSI).

Here’s how to set up a healthy ergonomic workspace to assist you in keeping comfortable and injury free.

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  • Sit close to the work station.
  • Keep monitors at eye level.
  • Keep the keyboard at a level that doesn’t require much reaching and isn’t too high or low.
  • Sit with legs flexed at a 90-degree angle with feet resting comfortably on the floor.

Plan a head
The workplace is often full of unhealthy temptations, and sometimes responsibilities at work and at home make it difficult to find time to plan meals and snacks for work. A great idea is to pre-pack your lunch and snacks the night before as this way you can just grab it and go in the morning. Not only is it more beneficial for your body, It’s also very beneficial for your bank balance.

It’s really important to eat at least every four hours, and make sure you’re setting some time aside to eat and enjoy your food somewhere other than your desk.

Small bags of nuts or fruit like apples or grapes can be an easy and healthy snack.

Stress less
Managing work and home life can be stressful and is very important for your health to have a good balance. If you feel stressed try to identify the main cause of the stress and once you identify what is stressing you then do something about it. The biggest reason some people feel stress is because they feel they don’t have control over certain situations in their life. It is important that you take control and stop the cycle. A great stress relief technique is to stay active, a lot of stress related symptoms can be relieved with a bit of daily exercise or a massage.

Keep moving when you get home
After a long day it’s easy to just to sit in front of the TV and stay there for the whole night! You have to remember that you have already been sitting down all day. Try to stay on your feet as long as possible, even if it’s by doing a few household chores. By keeping active at home you’ll feel a lot better and your body will thank you for it.

Brenda Hill
Your Workplace Wellbeing Advocate