Thursday, March 3, 2016

A Simple Guide To Staying Healthy At Work

After a long stretch at work, we all begin to feel the negative health effects. We feel exhausted and drained, which can lead to more troublesome health problems. These issues build up, especially over the years if you maintain the same job. Sitting in front of a computer screen for eight hours a day has a big impact on your life. From the health of your back and spine to your eyesight, there are numerous related problems. Unfortunately, your boss isn’t going to cut you any slack, so you’ll have to find your own solutions!

Today, we’ll walk you through the quiet, but dangerous, health problems associated with long-term work. Most importantly, we’ll show you how to keep your body in great condition. There are lots of small lifestyle changes you can make both inside and outside the office. By building these changes into your life, you’ll relieve stress, and battle the major work-related problems. Are you ready to learn the secrets, and stay fighting fit? Let’s take a look.

Drink lots of water and avoid the shared snacks
One of the biggest health troubles we see in the workplace is a poor diet. We’re all guilty of rushing out of the house without having breakfast. We all buy quick lunches on the go, and we all snack on the shared treats in the office. (We all know that one person who brings them in every day!) It’s these habits that will ultimately lead to a weight gain and poor nutrition. Start by drinking plenty of water at your desk. Aim for two litres every day. It will keep you hydrated and boost your energy. Next, ignore the snacks, and eat a healthy lunch.

Get an ergonomic desk setup
Perhaps the most dangerous long-term health problem is related to your spine and posture. Lifelong office workers tend to suffer with severe back strain in later life. Poor posture at work can lead to arthritis and chronic pain the neck and back. You may already be feeling some of the niggles already. Get yourself an ergonomic chair for the office, and set up your computer at the correct height. These simple changes will make everything a little comfier in the office.

Keep a stress ball handy! (image source)

Actively battle your stress
Left untamed, stress will ravage your mind, and build up over time. A heavy workload or an expectant boss will always add to your trouble, so start battling stress in the office. If your workload is too high, don’t sit in silence. Tell someone, and make sure you’re managing a realistic amount of work. Meanwhile, find ways to relax and battle the stress outside the office. It might just be letting off steam by ranting at your friends. Perhaps it’s pounding out 5 miles on the treadmill. Maybe it’s getting a massage or taking a long bath after work. Treat yourself, and don’t let stress get the better of you.

Take advantage of employee assistance
Most companies now have an EAP. If you haven’t heard of this before, take a look at Health Assured’s Employee Assistance Scheme. Essentially, it’s an employee package that aims to make your health a priority. It gives you instant and free access to counsellors and treatments that deal with personal issues. It’s all about looking after your mental health. Again, if stress is a big issue, you can use the EAP to get advice and treatment options. Check your benefits package, and see what you’re entitled to.

Take a vacation
Ah, the advice you’ve been waiting for! There’s a reason why some employers force their workers to take vacations. It’s good for the mind and body to check out of work for a couple of weeks. It helps your body restore its energy. Meanwhile, your mind can destress and focus on other things. Taking regular vacations is something that will ultimately help your long-term health. So, start planning that getaway, and get yourself out of the office!

Regular exercise
When you work long hours, it’s hard to find the time to hit the gym. However, it’s essential that you find time for some light exercise. It’s crucial for your long-term health, especially if you spend much of your day inactive in the office. Try to find half an hour or 45 minutes after work to do a light jog or even some yoga. Not only is it great for your body, it will give your mind a boost of endorphins, and keep the stress at bay.

We understand that it’s easy to get stuck into an unhealthy routine. Make it your mission to break it, and build these changes into your week.