Sometimes, maintaining a healthy lifestyle at work can be challenging, especially if you are sitting at a desk for most of the day. Thankfully, there are a few easy ways to help keep you on track with your healthy lifestyle even during the work day. With just a few simple changes, you will be well on your way to an effective and healthy work-life balance.
Get Enough Sleep
This is much more important than people realize. Getting enough sleep sets the tone for your entire day. Try to get between 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. This allows you to recharge your body and settle your mind. To get more restful sleep, start your bedtime routine at least an hour before you want to go to bed. Dim lights, turn off the tv, put your cellphone down, wash your face, and brush your teeth.
Try reading a book instead of scrolling through your phone before you settle down to sleep. The blue light on your cellphone actually diminishes the naturally occurring melatonin in your brain, making it harder to fall asleep. By reading a book, you allow that melatonin to generate thus helping you have a deeper and more restful sleep.
Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand
When you are at work, maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult. Keep some healthy snacks handy like nuts, peanut butter, whole wheat bread, fruits, and veggies. This way, when the 3 pm hunger pangs strike, you will have healthy options to reach for instead of the lunchroom chips or cookies.
Sticking to your diet at work can also help you maintain a healthier diet overall. If you are consistent with what you eat at work and at home, you are more likely to see the positive results of your healthy diet.
Keep a Fitness Regime
Staying fit and healthy is a good way to make sure you perform your best at work. If you can, try to start your day by going to the gym. By getting up early and kicking your day off with activity, you wake up your body and your mind and feel more alert all day. You also tend to be more productive at work when you keep a morning fitness routine.
If you aren’t a morning person, going to the gym after work or during your lunch hour are both good options. By taking this time for yourself, you allow your mind to relax and getting your body moving mid-day or after sitting all day can mean significantly positive results for your health.
Make the space you work at work for you. You should take steps to make your work environment as comfortable as possible for you. If your desk chair has been causing back pain, ask building maintenance if they can find you a new one. If you are staring at your computer all day, consider getting up once an hour to look out a window to allow your eyes to rest.
Add personal details to your work environment that make you happy. Whether that’s headphones to let you listen to music or a little plant to add some greenery. Making your workspace yours can have an incredibly positive impact on your work day.
Build Relationships with Peers
If you have positive relationships with your coworkers, going to work will be more enjoyable. By taking time to build relationships with your peers, not only can you strengthen work relationships, you can also build personal connections. Building personal connections with people both in and out of your age group at work can help make the work day pass quicker and make it a more positive experience.
When you start building these relationships, you create a community at work for yourself. This tends to make teams more productive, allow them to work better, and make the work produced of higher quality.
With these tips, you are well on your way to maintaining a healthy lifestyle at work.