Healthy Habits You Can Cultivate at Your Desk
Posted on Monday, January 30, 2017 by The Office Zen Master — No comments
A huge percentage of jobs nowadays involve spending long periods sitting at a desk with little movement. Throw in an office vending machine packed with fizzy drinks and sweets, persistently poor posture at your desk, and the general stress of a busy workplace and you have a recipe for a potential health disaster.
If the above sounds familiar to you, perhaps it’s time to work some healthy, positive habits into your everyday routine. As a leading London recruitment agency, it doesn't just end at helping you gain a job - we also want you to stay fit and healthy there, so check out these habits you should cultivate at the office and during your workday.
Water, water, everywhere…
Hydration is absolutely essential for every process the body carries out – and without it, even the simplest tasks can become much more difficult. Your brain doesn’t function as effectively when you’re not drinking enough, and when you add in the office air conditioning and a heavy dose of caffeine, you could end each day seriously dehydrated. If you have trouble remembering to drink, invest in a 2l bottle to keep on your desk, and mark your own measurements down the side in permanent marker (9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, etc). This shows how much you should have consumed during the day, and will remind you to take regular sips.
Standing desks are growing in popularity as more studies emerge showing that sitting for such long periods is devastatingly bad for our health. Ask your employer about the possibility of installing an adjustable desk, which allows you to alternate between a sitting and standing position. It might take a little getting used to at first, but standing while you work, even for one or two hours a day, can have a huge impact on your overall health, raising your heart rate slightly and making you feel more alert and energetic.
Avoid eating ‘al desko’
Pressures in the workplace in 2017 have contributed to a trend called ‘eating al desko’ – which means working through your lunch break while snacking on whatever you have to hand. It’s important that you take advantage of your lunch break – go for a walk around the block, sit in a local park or garden, enjoy a healthy lunch and get away from the office vending machine or cafeteria. You’ll come back feeling more energized and productive anyway, and could end up accomplishing more work than you’d have completed if you worked straight through your lunch hour.
Meditation in the office doesn’t necessarily mean sitting on the floor cross-legged while chanting ‘omm’ in front of your esteemed colleagues. Meditation can simply be the act of taking a few minutes to focus on your breathing, enjoy some calming visualisation techniques, or performing a few stretches to relieve tension. Find what works for you, and you’ll be surprised at how it can boost your sense of wellness in the workplace.
Tidy desk, tidy mind
Try to keep your desk organised and clear. Devote five minutes in the morning before you start, or in the evening after you finish, to tidying your desk – you’ll thank yourself for it when you next sit down to work! You can also try to create a serene space with items brought in from home – zen gardens, desk aquariums, and the classic ‘fidget toys’ can all help you to relax.
Whether you’re a busy receptionist, a top London PA, or a hardworking office manager, explore the Love Success blog today for more tips on staying healthy at work!
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