Unless your job somehow involves a perfect combination of exercise, healthy eating, and meditation, it likely comes with at least some health risks.
Stressful clients, your overcrowded commute, your office furniture, all can have a negative impact. Knowing that, it’s easy to feel totally overwhelmed.
There are, however, a few simple things you can do to make your work day healthier.
In a busy working environment, convenience is king. And unless your company supplies you with healthy meals, that often means ordering take-away from the nearest fast food joint.
You know it’s bad for you and your wallet, but it’s fast, convenient, and hits all the reward centres in your brain.
When it comes to finding a healthy alternative, there are an increasing number of companies that do deliveries. Trouble is, they don’t really fix the cost issue.
Your best bet is to make something yourself the night before, such as a salad or a sandwich with properly thought out ingredients.
If that sounds like a bit of a hassle, the simplest solution is to just cook a little extra supper the night before and take the leftovers for lunch (as long it doesn’t smell offensive).
Take a stand
Another major cause of health issues in the office is sitting. While it may not, as some claim, be “the new smoking”, there is no doubt that sitting still for long hours comes with consequences.
The good news is, you don’t have to invest in a standing desk if you want to offset those consequences.
It’s just a matter of being a little more mindful when it comes to incorporating standing and walking into your day.
You could, for instance, take calls standing up, make your meetings walking meetings, or even just get up and make yourself a cup of tea every hour.
Find a little foliage
Take a moment and look at your desk. Maybe it’s bare, or maybe it’s cluttered with ornamentation. But does it contain a plant? If not, maybe you should consider getting one.
Plants in the office have been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and fatigue.
They can, however, also have a positive physiological impact. Office plants result in cleaner air, reduced noise, and have even been shown to reduce dry skin.
Just don’t neglect your desk plant, otherwise it’ll die and then you’ll be sad.
Do you ever end a long, hard work day with a dull ache at the front of your head? If so, it may be because you haven’t drunk enough water.
When you’re stuck at your desk it’s something that can easily fall by the wayside, but which is incredibly important.
To make it a little easier, take a clear water bottle into work with you and make markings down the side, representing the times of the day you should have drunk that much by. If you want something a little more permanent, you can even buy one.
Look, we don’t want to turn you into a germaphobe, but your office is filthy. Put a lot of people moving around in that environment and you have a recipe for the spread of disease and infection.
Thing is, it doesn’t have to be like that. Like morale and productivity, cleanliness is largely down to company culture.
Get people to regularly sanitise their hands and wipe down their phones, keyboards, and desks and watch your sick day rates plummet.
Do you have any simple hacks for staying healthy at the office? Let us know in the comments section below.