We spend most of our adult waking hours working. Science tells us physical, cognitive and emotional well-being are linked. Improving our holistic well-being in the workplace will lead to a better work day and work performance. See few ideas to help you make 2017 your healthiest year yet below:
Get On Your Feet
Take a walk around the office, go visit a friend in a different department, simply stand up and stretch – all are good for giving your mind and body a break. Some have said sitting is the new smoking, but it’s not sitting that’s hurting you, it’s how you are doing it. The bottom line is it’s positive for your physical well-being to get out of your desk chair at frequent intervals throughout the day. Try out a standing desk or make sure you are using a variety of postures throughout the day.
Seek Out Nature
Research shows us nature has the ability to help us refocus, reset and lessen stress. It’s true that a brisk walk outside or a little jog can boost your physical well-being. Getting outside for a few minutes can improve your cognitive well-being. So, take a meeting outside or instead of sitting in a small conference room with a colleague, consider taking a few laps around the parking lot while you talk.
Water has become the second most popular drink (behind soft drinks). While we may not need eight glasses, there are plenty of reasons to drink water. In fact, drinking water (either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods) is essential to your health. Water Helps maintain the Balance of Body fluids. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. So don’t put your water bottle or glass down just yet.
Yes, a balanced social and collaborative activity is important for a healthy wellbeing. Finding times to socialize is an important part of today’s experience at work. I know taking a lunch hour break or a water break can allow you to do more than grab a snack. Your desk can likely serve several purposes, but it was not meant to be a dining table. Social connections and relationships allow people to feel a sense of belonging and see their relationship to the organization leading to a sense of purpose in their work.
Find a private space to get away (Contact Aloha Travels and Tours Limited – www.aloha-ng.com), give ourselves the opportunity to practice mindfulness, to concentrate and to come up with new ideas. It’s only when we remove ourselves from the group and find solitude that we can absorb information, generate our own point of view and become better collaborators. Seek out spots for revitalization. There’s a reason you have your best ideas in the shower or driving to work. Your brain needs time to unwind!
Start small and find a few ways to improve your cognitive, physical and emotional well-being and soon you’ll feel better and work better too.