Your health matters. Better health has been linked to higher productivity and reduced stress, making it easier to not only enjoy your work life but possibly advance your career. Work can require long hours and a lot of time being sedentary at a desk, which can have a negative impact on your health. Here’s how to stay healthy at work.
- Take advantage of office perks: Don’t let things like on-site gyms, stipends for fitness classes, or mental health benefits like employee assistance programs (EAP) go to waste. Many employers offer these benefits to help you prioritize your health, so try to make time to get the most of out of them.
- Try a standing desk: Sitting all day can not only lead to fatigue and distraction, it can have an effect on your health over time. Using a sit-stand desk to move more and sit less can not only help you burn more calories, it can also increase focus and clarity and reduce the risk of disease.
- Take your PTO: One of the best ways to stay healthy in the office is to take a break from the office. Busy schedules and expectations can make it difficult to consistently take time off, but prioritizing it can help you reset, so you can feel refreshed and recharged.
- Hydrate: You spend a good amount of time at the office every day and between meetings and emails, it can be hard to remember to take a water break. Set a timer on your desktop or phone to remind you to refill your water bottle – taking a few minutes to walk to the water cooler can also get you moving more throughout the day, which is an additional health bonus.
- Manage stress: Your mental health is every bit as important as your physical health. Stress can take a toll on your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. Everyone has their own way of dealing with stress, so find what works for you. Yoga, meditation, exercise, and journaling are all effective ways to manage in-office and other life stressors, as well as building good relationships with your co-workers and peers.
If you want your career to be healthy, you have to keep yourself healthy. Reducing your risk of illness and burnout can help you stay effective and productive at work and increase your overall engagement and enjoyment at work.
If your employer doesn’t prioritize your wellness or you’re looking for a healthier workplace, give us a call. We can help match you with an opportunity that can help you feel your best and do your best work.