When you’re sick or stressed, reduced productivity and missed days impact your work. Americans are busier than ever, and that takes a toll. It’s possible to take control of your well-being, though, when you follow some preventive measures to keep yourself happy and healthy.
Tidy up your workspace daily. Over the years, numerous studies have claimed that your smartphone, desk phone, keyboard and tablet have more germs than a toilet seat. Keep some antibacterial wipes at your desk, and wipe down surfaces daily. A can of disinfectant spray will also help stave off the germs.
Drink lots of water. Keep a large water bottle nearby, and refill it several times a day. Not only will you help keep yourself hydrated, you’ll have to get up to make frequent trips to the bathroom, and a little exercise never hurt anyone.
Get up every 30 to 60 minutes. Working on a big project? Stand up, and move around a bit. Pace around your office if you have one or take a walk around the block. When you simply get up and stretch, it keeps your body moving.
Go with light lunches and snacks. A workday isn’t the time to load up on pasta or other heavy fare for lunch. Instead, think lean protein, vegetables and fruit. A light snack, eaten during late morning, afternoon or both, can help fuel your body and mind. Aim for between 150 and 200 calories – and follow it with plenty of water.
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Make your workspace a mini gym. Keep light hand weights or bands at your desk, and use them periodically – while you’re brainstorming for a project, for example. It might just inspire a brilliant idea.
Ban the candy bowl. Lots of folks keep bowls of candy on their desks. Sure, a good piece of chocolate helps on a stressful day. Problem is, you’re forming an everyday habit. Make a new one focused more on healthy snacks like fruit or nuts.
Skip the deskside lunch. If you can step away from your desk at lunchtime – you’ll be better off. Your brain needs a break, and in fact, studies have shown that productivity increases among employees who leave their desks at lunchtime. Getting outside is best; spending time in nature reduces anxiety and can stimulate creative thinking. Your lunch hour is also a great time to squeeze in a walk.
Nothing feels better than getting the blood pumping after sitting in an office chair for a stretch, and movement is sure to get your brain in gear for the remainder of your workday. For Le-Vel Brand Promoters, Le-Vel’s Cloud Office makes it easy to stay plugged in when you’re on the go, so there’s no need to sit at a desk for lunch.
Walk and talk. Got a one-on-one meeting with a colleague? How about scheduling a walk instead of sitting on the phone? It may just lead to a more productive, relaxed and candid conversation.
Take the stairs. Make it a point to take the stairs any time you have the opportunity – as you’re moving between meetings or leaving in the evenings. Each flight of stairs adds up to one healthy habit.
When it comes to health, an “all or nothing” approach will only set you up to be discouraged. Instead, seek out opportunities throughout your day to make smarter choices. You’ll be happier and healthier for it.