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A Different Approach to Staying Healthy at Work

Being stressed out after a whole day of work might seem challenging as stress has proven to have so many detrimental effects in our life and thinking. The issue with staying healthy with the right state of mind after being exposed to high-demand and stress in the office on daily basis can be combated with the right information and practice.

As easy as it might be to make a decision to do this, take note most of your time is spent at work so pilling the stress till weekends might not be the best option. Your health should be your priority so you need to be attentive to the way you live, be watchful of your mental and emotional health while dealing with stuffs and people in the office.

Here are some ways to stay healthy in the office.

Take breaks, get up, stretch and move
Too much sitting is unhealthy; it can cause pain in your back, shoulders, hips and neck. A standing desk is a great way to take a break and still be productive. A few of our Standing Desks are linked here. Sitting too much can also prevents the flow of creativity when brainstorming for a new initiative or trying to solve a problem. Even though it’s going to be a hectic day, try to take out a few minutes away from your desk to refresh your mind and brain of work to improve your output.

Taking breaks and stretches also prevent you from eye strain caused by staring at the monitor, it also helps reduce neck tension and lower back from sitting all day. Another great way to prevent neck strain from your staring at your monitor all day is with monitor stands and risers. Porter’s Office Products has a great selection to choose from here. Take stretch breaks every now and then. Take the stairs if you can, instead of the elevator because it’s a good fitness option.

During your break, get some fresh air; this will help make you feel better, increase your productivity and revitalize your body with energy. This has been proven by research from the Journal of Environmental Psychology that walking, standing and stretching help to burn calories.

Spend your break wisely; you could read a book, call a friend, listen to some music. Don’t do anything that would strain your eyes.

The bottom line; don’t sit all day at work.

Prevent dehydration
Water intake can also have huge effects on your physical health if you want to stay hydrated. According to research from the Journal of Nutrition, dehydration can cause moodiness, fatigue, and problems focusing. Porter’s Office Products carries a range of choices to make getting your water intake easier. View our choices here.

If your eyes are getting tired you could blink them more frequently to prevent eye strain. The advantage of drinking lots of water is numerous. It may help you fight sleepiness in the office. If you want to go with water, you can add some flavor like lime, lemon or cucumber to your water.

When your muscles are always sitting, you begin a slow cycle of becoming unfit. Drinking water at work, at least 8-10 glasses a day will help energize your muscles and keep you active.

Decorate Your Desk
Personalize your work place either with a flower or a plant or pictures to bring life to your work space. You can also put some inspirational quotes or photos in your workspace. Porter’s Office Products carries a good selection of frames. You can also find a good selection of desk accessories and staples that fit your individual style and personality.

Don’t just take breakfast, take a healthy breakfast and lunch
A healthy breakfast can provide you with the energy you need to get through the first half of the day, junk food will not. Avoid sugary snacks because they are digested quickly. It is advisable you bring snacks while coming from home, such as baby carrots, cheese sticks, nuts, hummus, cucumber slices, whole or sliced fresh fruit, small amounts of dried fruit, or savory crackers.

If you must eat at a restaurant, avoid meals that have high-calorie. Sodas and sugary drinks are full of empty calories in the form of sugar, avoid them. A piece of fruit or veggies or dried fruit or nuts on your desk is better than going to the vending machines.

Avoid snacks and drinks that have lots of sugar, instead go with complex carbohydrates like oat meal or whole grain foods, as research from the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition found that eating carbohydrate-rich foods help improve your alertness and keep you full. Porter’s Office Products carries a good selection of healthy snacks you can find here.

Beyond your goals and that of your working place, staying and maintaining good health should be your priority.

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