06 Sep Women’s Health Week: Simple tips for staying healthy in the office
Women’s Health Week is this week, 5-9 September. Women’s Health Week is a week dedicated to all women across Australia. It’s a week to focus on your health, learn more and take action. So, it’s time to talk about the proverbial elephant in the room… our health. This week, we thought we’d look at a few simple ways you can look after your health in the workplace.
Make hydration matter
Office air conditioners are great at keeping us cool, but the regulated climate can play havoc on our bodies internal systems, often leaving your skin dry and your eyes heavy. Ever feel the niggles of a tension headache around 3pm? You could be suffering from dehydration.
Find a reusable 1 litre water bottle, and mark the outside with evenly spaced lines for 9am, 10am, 11am, 12pm, right through to finish time. Try and drink that much water while sitting at your desk, and another bottle of the same size outside of the office, and you’ll soon reach the recommended eight glasses per day.
Get up and get moving
This one has an added benefit – it gets you talking to your co-workers. Every hour, make a conscious effort to get out of your seat and walk around the office. This will improve your circulation, reduce the strain your eyes often feel from staring at a computer, and decrease the build-up of tension in your muscles.
Need help? Set a calendar reminder every hour and stick to it. Sometimes it’s best to put the reminder in your phone rather than your office calendar, as it feels more personal and is more likely to get you moving. You could also set a pedometer challenge for yourself or start one with your colleagues.
Find the silver lining
Reduce stress by practicing positive reinforcement. A 2012 study found that people who wrote down three positive events – about their career, their personal relationships, or anything else – at the end of each day, plus a reason why they thought that positive event had happened, not only reported lower levels of stress but also experienced a reduction in physical complaints such as headaches, back pain and muscle tension.
So next time you feel stress creeping in, be mindful of building resistance by focussing on the positive.
Snacks… but the good kind
We’ve all been there; it’s 2pm, the day is dragging and the work is piling up, so you reach into your snack draw (admit it, we all have one!) and pull out the secret weapon … your favourite chocolate bar. The short release of joy it brings you is great, but eating something so high in fat and sugar is proven to give you a quick rush with no long term benefit, and in the afternoon, you need those slow-release snacks.
Try some low GI, low sugar options instead to tie you over for the afternoon. Our favourites are fresh fruit, nuts, pretzels (although watch the salt content), apple slices with peanut butter, and vegetable sticks with a yummy tub of hummus.
What are your tips for staying healthy in the workplace? Share them in the comments below, or create the conversation in our Women in Contracting Facebook Group.
This post was written by MEA’s Marketing Projects Advisor, Rachelle Forbes. If you have a story to submit, please email us today.