While many of us are long past the days of having to work in unsafe conditions as standard, dealing with a difficult factory line or suffering from a lack of workplace safety standards, it’s true to say that any job can bring with it some risk, particularly if we don’t look after ourselves as part of that.
Even sitting in an office for long periods at a time, eating unhealthily, and heading for smoke breaks can be damaging to our health over time, to the point where making sure we cancel out these behaviors is key. This way, we can become more alert, active, and satisfied in our jobs, which helps us perform well, and grants us further opportunities.
Yet it’s also true to say that managing good habits when you’re trying to focus on getting the job done can be difficult from time to time. While our employer may invest in additional aids like ergonomic furniture to help our spinal health over time, it’s worth considering what habits are in our reach, and how we can improve bit by bit.
In the following post, we’ll discuss how to achieve that and more:
Cut out the bad habits
Cut out the bad habits that you may have at work, and before you know it, work contributes less to the degradation of your overall health. This can be easier said than done, however, so it’s good to start where you can. Instead of heading to a fast food place, bringing your own lunch in, prepared the night before or meal prepped at the weekend can be a great means of getting good nutrition. Instead of smoking, a disposable vape bar can help you get your regular breaks without half as much health effect. Cutting out the bad habits can help you become more alert and active.
Stretch when you can
Sitting down or working using repetitive movements can harm us after a while, which is why it’s good to get up and stretch when you can. Some people use resistance bands, some people do a few circles with their arms, others go for a small walk. Whatever you can reasonably do at work, make sure to commit to this at least once every two hours.
Take eye rest breaks
Try the 20/20/20 rule, which is looking at something 20 feet away for a total of 20 seconds every 20 minutes. It can help you avoid eye strain from constantly looking at your monitor, instead giving you the chance to rest them. You’ll also find that making sure the brightness on your monitor is set appropriately can help, or making sure that prescription glasses are worn when appropriate is key. Sometimes, don’t be afraid to take a break if you can feel the strain, and make sure you notify your manager of why you’re doing so.
With this advice, you’re certain to improve your health at work, bit by bit.