October 21, 2017

Healthy Practices at Work

Healthy eating and a clean workspace are a couple of today’s hottest topics as the health and wellness trend continues to soar. Companies are eagerly seeking preventative ways to promote health and wellness during work hours.

Health and Wellness at Work

So, when employees are on the job, operating in close cubicles or offices every single work day, what can you do to safeguard your health? Stay healthy by practicing the following daily habits at work:

  • Wash Your Hands Often – Prevent sickness by washing your hands often. This may seem obvious, but many people don’t do it. Always wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom, after coughing or sneezing, and before you eat. Keep hand sanitizer readily available in case you’re unable to wash your hands.

  • Maintain a Clean Workspace – A clean workspace is less likely to harbor bacteria. Take a few minutes each day to wipe down surfaces and keep office supplies well-organized. The average office workspace houses more harmful bacteria than a public toilet seat.

  • Stay Well Hydrated – Sip water at your desk and stay well hydrated. Water helps you think more clearly, stay refreshed and alert, and it boosts energy and productivity levels and improves overall health. Fill up a large water battle, nurse it throughout the day, and refill as necessary.

  • Avoid Sick Co-workers – Whenever possible, stay away from others who feel sick or exhibit signs of illness. Wash your hands immediately after being exposed to an individual who was coughing, sneezing or sick in some other way. It is best for all involved for employees to stay home when sick to recover.

  • Take Time to Step Away – Be sure to get up, walk around, take breaks and head outdoors. Get your dose of sunshine for at least a few minutes every workday, even when times at the most hectic. It is so important to step away and regroup. A brisk ten-minute walk can work wonders for your psyche, and your productivity. Five minutes of meditation also works well to quiet the storm.

  • Limit Caffeine – So many of us believe we can function more with coffee, but too much caffeine consumption can be counterproductive. To avoid a crash later in the day, try to limit intake to just one serving of coffee first thing in the morning.

  • Keep Stress Under Control – Recognize stress in your life and manage it properly. Most people in the U.S. live incredibly fast-paced lives. They may feel out of control at times. With the condition of the economy, many businesses require a lot of employees and offer less. To be a healthy, effective worker you must first learn how to manage stress constructively. Whether you like to go for a run every day, treat yourself to the occasional massage, plan a family vacation, or indulge in a good book or a quiet bubble bath, make the time and do it. You will function better if you practice better self-care.