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Staying Healthy in the Workplace

Your health is one of your most valuable assets – so it is important that you know how to look after yourself within your work environment.

Here are 8 tips to staying healthy in the workplace:

1.  Wash your hands regularly: It may sound simple but washing your hands is the number one way to prevent yourself from getting sick.  And yet, this ‘golden rule’ that was drummed into us as kids, is so easily forgotten.  Simply put, wash your hands before you eat, after using the restroom, and after sneezing or coughing.

2.  Keep your work space clean: The gross fact is the average desk harbours hundreds of times more bacteria than a toilet seat.  So, consider investing in some sanitiser spray or wipes and tidy, clean and organise your work area regularly.

3.  Drink more water: Staying hydrated is crucial to your productivity, energy levels and overall health. Water helps you stay alert and refreshed and promotes clear thinking. Invest in a water bottle to keep on your desk and refill it throughout the day.

4.  Try avoid people who are not feeling well or exhibit symptoms of illness: This one isn’t always easy but where possible try avoid close interactions with others who may be sick.  Where interactions are necessary, wash your hands after spending time with them.

5.  Eat light, healthy lunches: Plan your lunches the day before and make sure to include some lean protein, salad or fresh veggies, and fresh fruit.  Also pack in some healthy snacks to munch on throughout the day when hunger strikes.

6.  Get out into the sun:  Ensure that you are getting your fair share of vitamin D and fresh air by spending time outside every day. You could take a brisk walk around the block or sit quietly in the sun with a book.  There is no better way to catch up with yourself in the middle of your day, than being in nature.

7.  Manage your stress properly: The work place is getting busier and busier with many companies requiring their employees to do more with less. It is therefore important that we know how to manage our stress loads and switch off.  Whether it’s the occasional spa day, time with family, or a good book, find what works for you and take time out for it.

8.  Take a holiday: Holidays are a vital part of staying both healthy and effective at work.  Studies have shown that people who holiday well – meaning they completely switch off and leave their work at work – are less stressed, less tired, more productive, more creative, and they get sick less often.

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