5 ways to optimize your productivity and health in the workplace

Hitting that midweek slump? We all face it, and our quality of work tends to show. Instead of powering through these slumps, and watching your productivity suffer; take a look at what area’s you are lacking in. Are you overworking yourself until you are burnt out? Or are you neglecting your health to the point where you can’t even focus? There are many different steps you can take to combat these lulls. Below are 5 tips that you can use to jumpstart you in the right direction.

Standing Desks

Standing desks are becoming quite popular among office workers. The effects of sitting all day have been weighing on our bodies, and have become quite problematic. Switching to a standing desk, for even just half of the day, has been proven to positively impact your weight, health, and energy levels. During a 7-week study, the participants using the stand-up desks reported less stress and fatigue than their coworkers who remained seated, and on top of that, 87% reported an increase in vigor and energy throughout their day-to-day. Despite these positive changes in their production, when returning to their normal desks, the participant’s mood and productivity reverted back to their original levels.

Change your wardrobe

What you wear to work can set the tone for the rest of your day. Starting the day with ill-fitting clothing has the potential of distracting you, and even causing you pain throughout the day. For example, the most common mistake women make is wearing an ill-fitting bra. The tight band or straps can cause you back, neck and shoulder pain. Just by switching to a bra that is soft and body-forming can completely combat and solve this problem! It is these simple and slight adjustments to your wardrobe that can take your mind off of your clothing and allow your full attention to be focused on the task at hand.

Escape your screen

For those of us working in an office, there is nothing worse than a headache you get from staring at a computer screen for too long. There are so many benefits to escaping your desk, it’s time to get up and move around! Taking a simple 3-minute loop around the office will allow you to reboot and then return to your desk ready to go. Research has shown that people who are the most productive typically work for 52 minutes straight, and then take up to 17-minute breaks. Their ability to “deactivate” from their task and eventually “reactivate” allows them to stay focused and complete their project efficiently!

Stay hydrated

Staying hydrated can help you in many ways. For starters, we need water to function (approximately 70% of our body contains it!). Dehydration can also lead to a severe lack of energy, and interfere with our ability to act rationally. If that hasn’t convinced you yet, dehydration also has a strong link to headaches and migraines! Throughout your workday, it is recommended to drink around 2 liters of water and split that up into 8 portions. You can think of it this way – your trip to the water cooler can double as your escape from your screen!

Reward yourself

Last but not least, reward yourself! There is nothing wrong with allowing yourself to celebrate your small wins throughout the day. Set mini goals at the beginning of each workday, and spend your time focusing on accomplishing them. If you were able to hit all of your goals for the week, splurge a little on Friday and take yourself out to lunch!

We spend ? of our life at work, and that environment has an impact on us. Focusing on our health will spill over into our production and even into our lives outside of the office!

How do you stay healthy in your work environment? Comment below!

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