10 tips to improve your health at work

August 16, 2019| Health and Wellbeing /

Trying to keep on top of your health at work can be a trying task. Here’s some tips we suggest so you can perform at your best.

1 - Stretching


You’ve probably heard someone at work saying that sitting is the new smoking right? Well, sitting all day might not be as bad for you as smoking a pack of cigarettes but it’s certainly not the best thing you can do for your body. Try stretching at work to get your muscles and joints moving.

2 - Posture

If you’re at computer all day, you may well be sitting in a position that’s not ideal for good posture. If you’re near a reflection in a window or a screen, try occasionally checking to make sure you’re sitting upright and not slouching down in your chair.

3 - Healthy food

Anyone working full time knows the sugar and coffee cravings that hit around 3pm. Try beating yourself at your own game by preparing a healthy snack like nuts or fruit for that extra energy boost in the late afternoon.

4 - Get moving

You might not think you have time to go for a walk at work, but the benefits of getting out of your chair and getting the blood moving are invaluable. If you can, try taking a short walk in your lunch break or instead of having a water bottle at your desk, try getting up to get a glass of water every hour or so.

5 - Dim your screen lights

Harsh computer and phone lights can take a toll on your eyes. Try using a lower level of brightness on your devices to give your eyes a well-deserved break!

6 - Meditation and mindfulness

Taking time to meditate and practice mindfulness is as easy as downloading an app! Even just one minute of meditation can help you to focus, improve your energy and in the long term, can help to reduce blood pressure, reduce your heart-rate and help you manage stress better in the workplace.

7 - Work life continuum

You may have heard about work life balance but you may not have heard of work life continuum. Work life balance implies that there’s a set number of hours you should be working, spending time with family and of course, having fun. Work life continuum acknowledged that balance isn’t the same for everyone and isn’t the same every day. Some days you may have less time with your family and other times you may have more time and things may be quieter at work. Find your balance and stick with it!

8 - Comparison

No person’s work life balance or even enjoyment of work is the same, so stop comparing yourself to others!

9 - Know who you can talk to

If you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed or burnt out at work, who can you talk to? Is it your boss, supervisor, an allied health professional? Find out and start talking. Feeling overwhelmed at work isn’t sustainable and can lead to a range of other mental health issues.

10 - Epworth HealthCheck

Having a yearly health check is a proactive way to ensure you that you stay healthy and that if you do have any health problems, you can take a proactive approach to managing them. Find out more at Epworth HealthCheck



Isabel Stewart

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