Are you taking steps to stay healthy at work? With cold and flu season in it’s prime, it’s important to take extra precautions to remain healthy and to avoid spreading sickness. Here are four simple #tips for improving your health in your office and workplace.
1. Eat Healthy
Starting your morning off right with a filling breakfast is essential to keeping your energy and tummy full! When you fill your meals full with fruits and vegetables, you load your body with vitamins and nutrients that are essential to fighting bacteria and viruses to keep sicknesses at bay. Avoid overeating foods full of sugar and fat and limit the time you spend eating at your desk. When you feel like you need an extra boost of energy between meals, swap your afternoon desk snacks for healthier alternatives like fruits, nuts, or even a parfait (yogurt is great for gut health!)
2. Take Breaks
You may think that by taking breaks throughout your work day is taking away from the time you could be working. In actuality, by working long hours without a break, is prohibiting you from reaching your full working potential. Spend a few minutes of your day, every few hours, to walk, stretch, and rejuvenate. You’ll be surprised how it helps to manage your stress and boost productivity.
3. Stay Hydrated
When the 3pm lull comes around your work day, you’re probably heading to the break room for some much needed caffeine. But wait! Did you know, more often than not, your afternoon crave for caffeine is actually a sign of dehydration? Grab some herbal tea and a large glass of water instead. Remember, you should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water during your work day! To achieve this, always keep a water bottle close and set a goal to refill it at least 5 times before 5pm rolls around.
4. Be Hygienic
Hygiene goes a long ways outside of the home. In fact, workplace hygiene is just as important as showering on a regular basis. Avoid talking or coming into contact with coworkers who are or have been sick recently. Ensure you are washing your hands as much as possible. Keep a hand sanitizer accessible on your desk for your self and office visitors to halt spreading germs. Finally, you should consider spending the last 5 minutes of each day, cleaning your workspace and disinfecting surfaces, especially those used often, like your phone, mouse and keyboard.
After all, health is wealth and an apple each day keeps the doctor away! By working in these four simple and easy tips into your workplace, you can help fight sickness and eliminate germs you may come in contact with.