Adding more wellness to your workday

Creating healthy habits at work is key to creating flourishing health and maintaining a good work-life balance.

By adding the simple, yet beneficial healthy habits below to your day, you can improve your quality of life in both the short and long-term.

Drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning

Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning boosts your metabolism, supports your immune system, repairs your skin, balances Ph levels, cleanses the urinary tract and freshens breath. According to Nutritionist, Michele Chevally, lemon aids the body with iron absorption. “Vitamin C may increase non-heme iron bioavailability four-fold. This refers to iron availability in the body from non-meat sources.”

Eat a nourishing breakfast

Breakfast is the source of fuel for your day. Filling your body with fibre-rich, low GI foods in the morning helps to stabilise your mood and reduces your chance of sugar cravings later in the day. A few great breakfast options include eggs, oatmeal, fresh fruit and avocado.

Surround yourself with nature

The University of Minnesota recently published an article stating “research reveals environments can increase or reduce stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. What you see, hear, or experience at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine and immune systems are working.”

Whenever possible, it’s important to surround yourself with natural products, including light and air. Open blinds and windows to increase the flow of natural lighting and air. Place plants around your work space and remember to water them. Also head outside for at least five minutes, three times a day.

Create an organised and comfortable work space

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” – Albert Einstein

Ensure your chair is adjusted to your height so that it supports good posture. Poor posture can lead to long-term skeletal and muscular grief. It’s important to try and keep your work space uncluttered to reduce anxiety. The appearance of an untidy work station can be overwhelming for some.

Have a healthy snack stash

Having a stash of healthy snacks can be a life-saver at a time of weakness. Having a designated drawer or basket of snacks on your desk can stop you from heading to the vending machine for that 3pm sugar craving. Good, nutritional afternoon snacks include hummus, raisins, dark chocolate and herbal teas.

Incorporate relaxation, meditation and stretches into your day

A mini meditation is a great way to reset your body when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed. Perform some yoga poses while sitting at your desk, or download a guided meditation and listen to it through your headphones. There are many guided meditations readily available on YouTube.

As Australia is ranked as the ninth hardest working nation among those monitored by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), racking up 43.2 hours per week, per full-time worker, it’s vital for us all to practice wellness at work.

If you have any tips of your own, feel free to share them with us in the comment section below!

First published on Exceptionally You.

 

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