Tips to Stay Healthy at Work

Nobody likes to get the sniffles or stomach bug. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s inevitable when we’re exposed to so much out of our control at work. Instead, focus on the things you can control and do your part to prevent the spread of sickness. 

Healthy workplace wellness tips  

Wash your hands 

Although remote and hybrid work is now a norm, many people still go to work in person which unfortunately means the chance to spread germs. It’s likely you touch common surfaces in your place of employment and building throughout the day. Door handles, meeting tables, restrooms, break rooms or shaking someone’s hand. It may sound repetitive to hear every year but the best way to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands often and wipe down surfaces.  

If you have the option of remote work flexibility, take advantage of it if you’re not feeling well. Keep your germs at a distance if you can avoid spreading them around the workplace. 

Eat a nutritious lunch and hydrate 

Instead of going out to eat, pack your own lunch and snacks which should include nutritious food to fuel your body including fruit, nuts, cheese, salad with protein, vegetables or last night’s dinner leftovers. Not only will your wallet thank you, but your body will too. Packing your body with whole foods, citrus fruit and leafy greens will help build up your immunity to fight sickness. It’s worth a few extra minutes to prepare your food the night before or in the morning.

It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day aiming to hit 8-10 glasses of water a day. Proper hydration can also help reduce feeling sluggish and drowsy to beat the afternoon slump. Bring your favorite water bottle and challenge yourself to see how many times you can fill it up.  

Move your body 

  • Stand once an hour – If you have a job that requires a lot of sitting, aim to stand once an hour for a few minutes. Take a walk to the restroom, refill your water bottle, talk to a co-worker or grab a snack from the fridge. If you have a lunch break and the weather is nice, go outside for a quick walk and take in the fresh air to get a dose of Vitamin D.  
  • Use a standing desk – This is an easy way to continue being productive but also stretch your legs. Standing at work is an easy way to boost your energy. It’s harder to feel fatigued when you’re standing.  
  • Take your meeting to go – If it’s in-person, try a walking meeting. If it’s a virtual call, pop your headphones on and talk while you walk. Just be courteous to the other meeting participants that your background noise isn’t distracting and you’re not breathing heavily.  
  • Take the stairs – Taking the stairs is an easy way to get your heart rate up and extra steps in your day.  

You know best what your body needs and can tolerate. Keep everything in moderation and know your limits while keeping wellness in mind.  

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