Wellness at Work
WELLNESS TIP #1
GET UP AND MOVE AROUND. OFTEN.
Sitting in the same position for eight hours a day takes a physical and psychological toll. Taking frequent breaks – and even getting outside for a brisk walk – not only gives your body a chance to refresh itself but it actually makes you more productive and creative when you are at the desk.
WELLNESS TIP #2
CHANGE YOUR POSITION SEVERAL TIMES A DAY.
Trading your sitting desk for a standing desk isn’t a cure-all. Standing for eight hours a day is not necessarily better than sitting for that long. Slouching in front of your computer is not a healthy option either. Hence, vary your position by adapting it to your activity: stand for calls for example. And if you have an adjustable sit/stand desk, you can adjust your position throughout the day – allowing you to change your center of gravity in ways that are truly beneficial.
WELLNESS TIP #3
LOOK AWAY. YOUR EMAIL ISN'T GOING ANYWHERE.
It’s difficult to focus on the task at hand when notifications are pinging from your phone and emails are piling up in your inbox. Time blocking techniques can greatly improve your productivity and sense of satisfaction. Set aside short blocks of time for specific tasks i.e. writing a report – and turn off your phone and close the email window until the time’s up.
WELLNESS TIP #4
MAKE YOUR WORK SETUP MORE ERGONOMIC.
The way you sit in your chair, look at your screen, and position your mice and keyboard can all be adjusted to make your setup more ergonomic. This will not only help contribute to a healthier workspace, but also preserve your productivity.
WELLNESS TIP #5
LEAVE IT AT THE OFFICE. ALL OF IT.
In today’s connected world it’s easy to bring your work home with you. Don’t. Being constantly connected to work at night and on the weekends can have harsh effects on psychological health and even lead to burnout. So delete the work email from your personal smartphone and leave the laptop in the office. Your family and friends will thank you for it.