The workplace can be a stressful zone — aside from the actual mental stress of the job itself, there are physical elements of your environment that can stress and strain the body leaving you feeling far from fit for work.
The good news is you can revitalize your working space and energize yourself during the working day by simply making a few changes to your environment and routine. Here are a few ideas and tips on how to limit the strain on your body while in the workplace:
Revitalise your work day, tip 1: Keep hydrated
Air conditioning and central heating systems mean that many workplaces are as dry as a bone, making employees seriously dehydrated. As a result, many people suffer from fatigue and headaches — ultimately affecting their ability to concentrate. We all know we should drink at least eight glasses of water a day; for evidence you only have to look at the policies operating now in many schools, where ditching the carbonated drinks and keeping kids hydrated with plain old fashioned water has been seen to have a dramatic affect on their ability to concentrate and work effectively.
Revitalise your work day, tip 2: Move it
Many of the health problems associated with work are related to a lack of movement when sitting at a desk. Sitting at a desk for up to eight hours a day can lead to the build-up of tension in the body, particularly in the back and shoulders. To help avoid this, get up at regular intervals; at least once every hour — organize your desk, go and fetch a drink or why not take time out to actually speak to a work colleague in the same building rather than sending an email or making a phone call.
Revitalise your work day, tip 3: Avoid RSI
Repetitive actions, such as tapping away at a computer keyboard for several consecutive hours, can cause severe strain to the muscles and tendons leading to Repetitive Strain Injury. Even people who spend long hours on the telephone are at risk of RSI, so should consider a headset rather than a traditional handset. To avoid injury, it is best to try and take regular breaks and stretch frequently. If any symptoms persist, then the best advice is to seek professional help from your doctor.
Revitalise your work day, tip 4: Go green
Having a plant on your desk is thought to lessen your chances of tiredness and stress. There are more to plants than you may think — they don’t just fill a dull corner or hide a tangle of office wires. Plants are thought to improve air quality, humidity and they even have the power to reduce the levels of pollutants emitted from man-made materials like paints and carpets.