Get Healthy at Work
Work seems like a good time to multitask on work and your health, right?
If so, scroll down to find specific tips on how to get healthy while at work.
While none of these ideas replace actual hard work (if only they would), applying them could improve your mood, focus, and creativity.
Tip #1: Desk Greens
What if a simple desk plant can lift your mood, reduce stress, and increase concentration?
It can, and it does even more for you.
Greenery improves your air quality by removing pollutants that cause headaches, sore eyes, nose, throat, and nausea; and by absorbing carbon dioxide, thought to interfere with productivity.
Tip #2: Natural Light
It’s hard to pull yourself away from your computer. So much to do! So little time!
But if you unshackle yourself from your desk and take a walk outside, you’ll sleep longer and better. And when you’re moving, you’re burning calories.
Tip #3: Stay Hydrated
With water, obviously. Sadly, vodka doesn’t count.
You’ll flush out toxins, have better skin, and less fatigue. And, thirst is sometimes mistaken for hunger, so if you’re well-hydrated, you might just eat less.
Tip #4: About Those Fruits and Veggies
I know you know to eat fruits and vegetables because it’s healthy.
But besides that, this study showed that adults who ate more fresh produce were happier, more curious and creative.
Our brain uses glucose (converted from food) for energy and to stay alert. But only with the right kind of food. Certain foods (pasta, bread, and sugar) spikes glucose temporarily and then comes crashing back down.
And, high fat foods aren’t great either. (Well, it is, but for maximum creativity, not so much.) Fatty fare causes our bodies to 1. work harder and 2. reduce brain oxygen levels, which makes us sleepy.
So, fruits and veggies equal happiness. Even more than a cupcake with sprinkles.
Tip #5: Run Away…
…far, far away from work.
Your brain power fades at the end of the day, so you’ll find it exponentially harder to stay focused and exercise self-control. (Doesn’t eating EVERYTHING IN THE FRIDGE after work sound perfect? See? No self-control.)
The best thing? Leave work and do something you truly enjoy. Recharging your batteries gives you more focus, productivity, and problem solving ability.
Your brain is like a muscle and if you let this muscle recharge and replenish, you’ll feel better mentally and see improvements in your performance.” The Secret to Increased Productivity: Taking Time Off, Entrepreneur
Your turn. What get healthy work tips do you have? Leave a comment below!
The Relative Benefits of Green Versus Lean Office Space: Three Field Experiments, Journal of Experimental Psychology
Natural Light in the Office Boosts Health, Northwestern
What You Eat Affects Your Productivity, Harvard Business Review
The Secret to Increased Productivity: Taking Time Off, Entrepreneur