Wellness At Work: Simple Tricks for a Healthier Workplace
We spend an average of ⅓ of our lives at work, and those hours at the office may actually be taking hours off our lives. Working in an office can be mentally and physically draining, but implementing simple changes can help make your work environment happier and healthier.
Extended periods of sitting can really wreak havoc on our physical health. While sitting may not be the new smoking, 8+ hours a day in a chair can cause a plethora of health concerns from back pain to high blood pressure.
Whether it’s the Mayo Clinic’s recommended “break from sitting” every 30 minutes to taking advantage of a standing desk (or MacGyvering your own) can help fight the negative effects of a sedentary job.
If standing isn’t an option, there are ways to up your sitting game. The trend of “active sitting” is no longer resigned only to fidgeting schoolchildren, but can modernize workplace wellness.
From wobbling stools to exercise ball chairs, the variety of options on the market are endless and can improve posture and engage muscles while you work.
Get a Plant
It might seem like a hassle to take care of something at the office; however, plants can not only improve mood, enhance creativity, and reduce stress, but also tangibly change their environment, improving air quality and reducing ambient noise. Wellness bonus for getting up to water it!
Check out these awesome office plants.
Give your eyes a break
Reading small text or staring at computers all day can take a toll on our eyes. By the end of the day, eyes may be itchy, dry, or generally uncomfortable. This can be combated by using the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This allows the eyes to relax and can help prevent the effects of eye strain.
Another possibility if you don’t have time for a lot of breaks are reading glasses with screen protection, such as these beauties by The Book Club. Excessive blue light emissions take a serious toll on our eyes over time, and reducing exposure can be highly reduced through wearing glasses with screen protection.
Coffee may be the go-to beverage of the office, but caffeine actually contributes to dehydration. Not drinking enough water can lower concentration and put a damper on your mood, not to mention create a whole host of physical problems. Ensuring sufficient water intake throughout the day can keep you mentally and physically sharp.
It can be easy to overestimate just how much water you’re actually drinking, but in our generation there are tons of tools, from fun water bottles to trackers and apps, to help understand and improve hydration habits.
The average person will spend over 90,000 hours at work in a lifetime, so why not make those hours as healthy as possible?
Work Your Way, With Others.