Some people get to work in a profession which channels their passion; however for many, a nine-to-five office job is their reality. If you work long hours in an office situation it can really start to take its toll on both your body and your mind. As much as work can be a drag, there are definitely several ways that you can improve your situation both when it comes to your physical health as well as your mental attitude. Whilst we can’t all work in a stimulating and varied environment you can take matters into your own hands and definitely make work life a little more interesting and easy on yourself.
Firstly, something that is becoming increasingly well understood is that sitting down for extended periods of time is just not good for us. Not only does it put too much stress on your spine but it has also been linked with obesity due to the higher levels of inactivity it causes. Obviously if you work in an office or at home at a desk then sitting down can’t be helped, however it is important to make sure you get up from time to time. It is really simple, just get up to go the water cooler every hour, make sure you take bathroom break every now and then, get up to stretch your upper body from time to time, small movements will make a difference. If you work from home and have a little bit of spare cash you could even invest in an upright, or adjustable, desk which will allow you to stand and work.
As well as your back, working in an office can start to hurt your eyes which in turn can give you a headache, staring at a computer screen for hours will only make this worse. Every 20 minutes to half an hour try to take your eyes away from the screen and focus on something in the distance to give them a break from reading close up. Make sure you are drinking lots of water, keep a large bottle of water on your desk and refill it often. Not only will this keep you hydrated but it should also help keep headaches at bay.
Secondly, in addition to the physical side you need to make sure you aren’t letting the stress of work affect your emotional wellbeing. Often our physical health suffers more from mental stress than it does because of any activity we put our bodies through. One of the best and simplest things you can do whilst at work if the stress starts to build is to just take a minute to yourself. Just one minute can make a world of difference. Shut your eyes and relax your breathing. Of course a minute away from your task is not enough to completely de-stress during your workday, your lunch break is probably the most important part of your day when it comes to relaxing. If you have at least half an hour for lunch make sure you leave at least the room you work in, if you have longer it is ideal to get out of the building altogether. Some fresh air and a change of scenery can make a world of difference if your work environment becomes oppressive!
None of these are life-changing suggestions but it really is the little changes that make a lot of difference when it comes to dealing with stress. It’s all about coming up with your own coping mechanisms and finding ways to reduce your stress levels. And if it all becomes a little too much? Make sure you have something wonderfully restful and relaxing to do at the weekend!