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Six Healthy Office Habits

Monday, June 5, 2017 | Posted by: Alpha Kappa Psi

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It’s no secret that the office environment can be stressful--and according to research, even harmful to our health. Below are six tips and tricks to practice healthier office habits so you can not only stay productive and focused, but enjoy your time at work.

Take a Walk
Research conducted by the American Cancer Society found that sitting can be incredibly detrimental to health. In fact, sitting more than six hours a day increased chance of death during the time of the study by 94% for women and 48% for men. Taking a break and moving around at work doesn’t only facilitate wellness, it can increase creative thinking too. Recent research conducted by Stanford verifies that 5-15 minutes of walking can increase creativity by 60%. It’s important to give yourself breaks to move around, for both your body and your mind.

Drink Lots of Water
A study conducted by the Journal of Nutrition found that even mild dehydration can cause moodiness and lack of focus. Improve your water drinking habits by keeping a water bottle at your desk. Or, better yet, take regular walks to the water cooler. You’ll be getting away from that screen as well as getting a move on.

Meal Prep
Packing your own lunch is a great way to stay healthy at work. But, packing a lunch every morning is time consuming. Consider meal prepping over the weekend. You can control your portions and nutrition, and you won’t have to rush in the mornings. You could even team up with coworkers to take turns doing lunch and snack prep.

Office Ergonomics
As you work habits change, check in with your body. Are you slouching or feeling stiff in your lower back? Your office chair, location of your computer monitor, and even the height of your desk can be affecting your posture in negative ways. If you’re having lots of back and neck pain, you might even consider a standing desk. 

Stay Organized
Stress at the office doesn’t just stay at the office. Stress affects all areas of your life, from sleep habits to eating habits. One of the best ways of combating stress is by staying organized. Using mobile applications like Evernote and Sunrise. There are even applications like Workrave to help you remember to take breaks at work.

Decorate Your Space
Take ownership of your office (or your desk) by personalizing the space. Having trinkets or plants around that reduce your stress or bring you happiness will help with your mood at work, and in turn make productivity easier to achieve.

 

How do you practice wellness at work? Share your thoughts, tips, and tricks in the comments below!

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