Many hardworking professionals often find it hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle, as they believe they don’t have the time or energy to hit the gym, prep healthy meals, or to effectively destress.
Unfortunately, this mindset can lead to both physical and mental health issues, which can impact your personal life and career performance. If you want to safeguard your health in 2019, find out how to stay well in the workplace.
Eat Sensibly at Work
Most professionals complain it’s difficult to eat healthily, as they’re up against tight deadlines and juggling tasks each day. It might, therefore, feel easy to grab some junk food from a vending machine or indulge in the office’s calorific treats. It is, however, important to your health and happiness to exercise some self-control.
Almost everyone has time to pack a salad and fruit for lunch. Plan a healthy meal the night before, so you can grab it from your refrigerator before you head into work. The healthy lunch will provide your body with energy and fuel to make it through the working day and can prevent you from piling on the pounds.
Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
Are you guilty of drinking copious cups of coffee throughout the working day? If so, it’s time to reduce your caffeine consumption. Drinking too much coffee will not only ensure you’re wide awake at night, but it can also cause headaches, irritability or anxiety throughout the working day.
If you need a hot drink to get through the working day, opt for:
- Decaf coffee or tea
- A low-calorie hot chocolate
- Herbal teas (chamomile, peppermint, green tea, etc.)
- Hot water with lemon
Don’t Accept Work-Related Stress
While every career comes with some variety of stress, it should not cause insomnia, nausea, weight loss, or panic attacks. Believe it or not, unrealistic deadlines, constant scrutiny and/or workplace bullying are not permitted in any UK workplace.
If you have spoken to your employer about work-related stress and they do not attempt to adjust your environment, visit www.the-compensation-experts.co.uk to learn more about a work-related stress claim.
Good hygiene can help you to remain healthy at work. As a workplace can be a breeding ground for bacteria, you should keep a bottle of hand sanitiser either on your person or at your desk, which can reduce your likelihood of developing a colleague’s illness. Also, inform your manager if you notice a co-worker is unwell, which will allow them to recuperate at home while preventing an illness from circulating throughout the workplace.
Track Your Water Consumption
It’s easy to lose track of how much water you have drank throughout a busy working day. However, it’s important to monitor your consumption to ensure you drink enough to remain both active and hydrated.
If you don’t, it could lead to dehydration, which could cause feelings of sluggishness. Buy a water bottle that accurately tracks how much water you are drinking, and eat fresh fruits with a high-water content to banish both hunger pangs and dehydration.