Have you ever heard the old proverb, “Health is wealth”? Turns out, there’s a lot of truth behind this saying. When you don’t have good health, it limits what you can do in all aspects of your life. By taking care of yourself, you will be taking care of your home life, your work life, and your family life.
One of the most common excuses for neglecting health is being too busy – you’re too busy to exercise, too busy to plan nutritious meals, and too busy to meditate or practice other calming techniques. This can be especially true for working professionals. With that in mind, here are a few things you can be doing in the workplace to ensure you’re as healthy and happy as possible.
With so much to fit into the work day, many professionals find it challenging to eat well. Having quick-to-prepare foods, such as frozen meals or canned soups, on hand is a simple solution; however, these kinds of meals are often overloaded with sugar, sodium, and a high fat content, which can be detrimental to your health in the long-term. That’s why taking time on the weekends to plan ahead, grocery shop, and do some meal prep is so important. Planning out what you eat means that you can still enjoy food you love, but you will be prepared and have healthier options too that can be equally as quick and easy to make.
Reduce caffeine intake.
If you’re one of the many professionals who needs a cup of coffee (or three) to get through the work day, you’re not alone. Yet relying on a certain number of caffeinated drinks to stay alert and focused isn’t the best approach – large amounts of caffeine can lead to side effects including headaches, insomnia, irritability, and muscle tremors, among others. In the case of caffeine, moderation is key. Try to have a drink in the morning if needed (even better if it’s sugar-free), which can help to prevent a caffeine slump later in the day. Some employers may want to look to laboratories like MedComp Sciences for testing with their employees, depending on the nature of the job.
Be as hygienic as possible.
In an office environment, you should always aim to look after yourself and others – especially when it comes to hygiene. There are many things that can reduce your chance of getting sick when you practice good hygiene. Hand sanitizer by your desk is a great place to start, as well as washing your hands after coughing or sneezing into them. You should also try to minimize clutter on your desk and make a habit of cleaning your workstation daily. Additionally, if you begin to exhibit any symptoms of illness, make a point to take time off work or work from home. This is a simple yet effective way to protect your coworkers and prevent the spread of illness.