For most of us, sitting at a desk for at least 40 hours a week is the norm. We stare at computer screens, type and use a mouse. All of these limited, repeated actions can cause lower back aches, headaches and possibly even lead to exhaustion.
We all have a lot to accomplish every day, but we shouldn’t forget about ourselves and our health in the process. We will never be able to put 100% into our work and personal life if we're not taking care of ourselves. That is when self-care at work becomes super important.
Here are some quick small adjustments you can make during the day to reduce stress, feel better and have enough energy to exercise after your work day.
1. Never Skip Breakfast!
Before you even get to work make sure you have had a filling and energizing breakfast. This will help keep you alert and focused on your work tasks. Some healthy breakfasts suggestions are oatmeal, steel cut oats, a green smoothie with kale, spinach, bananas and other fruit, or organic eggs anyway you like them with whole grain toast.
2. Don’t Just Sit There
Sitting all day is not good for your body. Try doing what you normally do sitting down...but do it standing up. You can make a phone call or even type this way. The more you can stand during the day the better your body will feel after your work day is over. Also take a walk around the office every hour to get water and stretch your legs.
3. Stretch At Your Desk
There are simple stretches you can do at work every day to keep your body free of pain.