By Dia Ferguson
Living a healthy lifestyle means making healthy choices and habits everywhere — not just at home. Since we spend a good portion of our day at work, it’s important to incorporate daily habits that benefit your mental and physical health. And that’s why we rounded up some simple tips for staying healthy at the office:
- Get some fresh air. Getting fresh air not only clears your head, it makes you feel better and more productive after returning to your desk. Take a couple minutes every day to step outside and relax a bit while breathing in the fresh air. If you’re ever stuck while trying to brainstorm or have a serious case of writer’s block, try walking outside the office — you will feel much better when you return and have tons of new ideas.
- Pack your lunch the night before. Eating out is the main cause of an unhealthy lifestyle! It’s hard to make good choices when you’re out or hungry, so always try to cook and pack your lunch for the office. Treat yourself every once in a while, but one of the easiest ways to stay healthy at work is to bring your own food.
- Drink WATER! Water is the key to everything, but especially while you’re at work. Even the slightest bit of dehydration can make you feel fatigued, unproductive and unfocused. Make sure you are staying hydrated by drinking at least 2 liters of water a day.
- Cut out sugar by having healthy snacks at your desk. Keep a healthy snack at your desk for whenever you feel a craving or start to get hungry! Sugary snacks are not only bad for you, they will decrease your productivity once you hit the crash! Ditch the sugar snacks or candies for a granola bar. You’ll feel way better snacking on something that’s good for your body than eating a bag of chips or something full of sugar.
- Decorate your desk & work area. Make your workplace your own by decorating and personalizing it! Add pictures of friends and family to make it feel like home, and even some plants to bring your work area to life.
- Partner up with your coworkers! It’s easier to stick to healthy habits when you have others doing it with you. Having someone else there to hold you accountable makes you want to actually stick to your goals, so plan to eat your lunches together and/or do post-work workouts so that you don’t feel like you’re doing this alone.
- Don’t neglect your mental health. There is a direct connection between your stress levels and your health, which is why you should always take a step back if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Your ability to do work along with your health will be impacted by a stressful work environment, so make sure to take some time to do breathing exercises, yoga or meditation at your desk.
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