We devote ourselves to our jobs, and as fulfilling as it is to some, we need to remember to take care of ourselves. Investing time into incorporating healthy tips throughout your workday can be life-changing. We all should be aware of our physical and mental health while at work and actively doing check-ins with our doctor.
Here are six things you can incorporate into your work life that will make life a bit easier and healthier!
Don’t Eat at Your Desk
If there is anything that leaves room for mindless consumption, it’s eating at your desk. From snacks to lunch, sitting for 40 hours isn’t good for your physical or mental health. We all need to detox ourselves from our everyday work and walk outside (or anywhere) for some fresh air. It seems that we have trained ourselves always to be “on” even though it’s not good for us. Remember that eating with your co-workers or friends will take your mind off pressing matters and give you the ability to “reset” your critical thinking skills. Sometimes all you need is some time away from your desk.
Talking about not eating at your desk, we also recommend that you take frequent breaks! Again, you’re spending 40 hours at your desk every week that’s a lot of time. Make sure that you have a few minutes just to walk around or maybe make yourself a cup of tea. The more you stay refreshed and unstressed, the more likely you’re to create quality work.
The idea is to take a break and rejuvenate your productivity!
Keep your workstation clean
Sometimes our workstation reflects our state of mind. When we’re stressed, we tend to let many things slip through the cracks. The number one thing we forget to do… cleaning our desks. Take some time out of your week and just clean your desk. Whether it be decluttering papers you don’t need anymore or taking some sanitizer wipes to disinfect it from a bad day. It helps to clean your day away for a bright new tomorrow.
A big factor in any work environment is learning to deal with stress which is a hard to thing do. Our tip, make a to-do list by priorities. If you don’t know what’s a priority for the day or week, we recommend asking your immediate supervisor or boss. This will allow you to be more productive and manage your time on tasks that are required immediately, next week or eventually. You’ll have a concise work schedule, and you won’t feel the need that you need to do everything at once. Pacing your work is a sure way to de-stress!
Know When to Ask For Help
Some people will find this one hard to do, but it’s important for healthy living: asking for help. We put this as a tip because sometimes people feel they’re unable to reach out of fear or pride. No matter what’s holding you back sometimes, we have to ask for help with a simple task or a big project. It’s better for everyone involved if you ask early on, it will not only allow you to have less stress, but it will also show people that you’re responsible enough to know when to ask for help. It’s not a weakness but a sign of maturity.
Asking for help is an important aspect of work and your regular life. It’s all about balancing your needs and knowing how much you can handle.
Plan Out Your Meals in Advance
Food is a dangerous minefield at work from snacks to impromptu eating out lunches. We highly suggest that you plan your meals. When you meal prep your healthy lunch on a Sunday evening, it helps you down the line. You’re not going to reach for the carbohydrate-dense foods at the restaurant or the snack bar. A healthy alternative is now in your refrigerator to take to work! Leaving some snacks items that you know are good for you like our Sola nut bars or Sola granola for those times you have a craving also help!
Plan your meals, make them in batches, and keep healthy snacks around your desks. What you eat sets the mood for the rest of the day. Make sure you’re putting good food inside your body!
How to be healthy is hard when you’re juggling work, life in general and all the other things. At the end of the day, it’s all about investing time in yourself. Check in with yourself every few weeks and try to pinpoint any pain points at work. What’s working? What’s not? Being healthy is a lifelong journey so make the best of it!