Thank you to JaNae Gregg, University of Northern Colorado student and Covell Care volunteer for this guest blog!
Staying healthy at work goes beyond hand washing and spraying lysol. Staying healthy at work requires a healthy mind and body. To achieve this it is important to watch what you put into your body and how you treat it throughout the work day. Research has actually identified 9 simple ways people can stay healthy in the work environment.
These 9 simple ways to stay healthy at work include:
- Eat sensibly:While at work, it’s easy to resort to food that is quick, but is often unhealthy. Eating junk food or fast food can make people feel sluggish. Feeling sluggish can lead to feeling tired and often times contributing to illness. Eating healthy foods and having a filling breakfast can help prevent feeling sluggish and help the body stay healthy.
- Drink plenty of water: Water. The main contributor to staying healthy. It is always important to drink between 6 to 8 glasses of water, especially at work. While busy working it is easy to forget drink enough water, but drinking water not only helps a person stay hydrated, which helps prevents ill effects, but it also prevents drowsiness.
- Restrict your caffeine intake: I know it can seem almost impossible to not pound the caffeine at work some days, but caffeine dehydrates people, which often times can contribute to feeling sluggish. Instead of drinking caffeine throughout the day try just having one cup of a caffeinated beverage (preferably coffee) in the morning.
- Maintain good posture: Most work environments require sitting at a desk and staring at a computer screen. This daily task can really take a toll on our backs and necks, especially if we don’t pay close attention to our posture. To help maintain good posture, practice desk exercises and stretches frequently.
- Take frequent breaks: Not taking breaks at work can leave a person feeling mentally lethargic, which in the long run will reduce productivity and not save time. It can also reduce a person’s creativity. An actual break at work consists of taking a few minutes and getting away from the work environment. Take a few minutes away from your desk or take a short walk, this will get blood and oxygen flowing and help increase energy and make your brain feel recharged.
- Keeping a tidy workstation: Avoid having clutter at your workstation and also keep sanitizing wipes or an antibacterial spray to wipe down any surface at the beginning and end of everyday. This will help kill any viruses that may be spread by touching any surfaces that could have germs on them.
- Practice good hygiene: Hand washing is always important, but isn’t easy to continuously do while at the office. Keeping hand sanitizer at your desk can help kill some of the germs you may come in contact with.
- Avoid contact with sick employees: As much as we wish that sick employees would stay home that does not always happen. Try your best to avoid any contact with an employee who is showing symptoms of illness. If you do come contact always try wash your hands right away or use hand sanitizer.
- Learn to manage stress: Managing stress can be a difficult task, but stress can lead to exhaustion which can lower your bodies immune system. To help avoid or manage stress do activities which are enjoyable and always take time for yourself.