By Joanne Lee
13 Essential Health Tips for Desk Workers
Are you a desk worker who sits down all day and struggles with back pain, headaches, a creaky neck or other health issues?
Yep, I’ve been there too.
That’s why in this article is I'm going to share some helpful health tips for desk workers with you.
Working at a desk may look safe, but it can take a toll on your physical and mental health. While the occupational hazards in an office are different from those at a construction site or hospital, it’s still wise to take some precautions and these health tips can help.
A growing number of studies have raised concerns about the effects of sitting for long periods, which can include increased risk of heart conditions, diabetes, certain cancers, and weight gain. That’s especially troubling considering that the average individual spends more than 10 hours a day sitting.
Add job-related stress to the mixture, and you can see how the consequences can start to add up.
Learn what steps you can take to counteract the downside of your desk job. Start with these ideas for protecting your health and wellbeing.
Tips for Protecting Your Physical & Mental Health
1. Adjust your posture
Slouching can cut off your circulation and make your lower back ache. Try drawing your shoulder blades down and back to open up your chest. A lumbar support pillow may help too. Checkout this article Office ergonomics: Your how-to guide to help you set you your work station.
2. Take frequent breaks
Studies show that moving around about every half hour reduces the negative effects of sitting.
In fact, it may be even more effective than regular exercise. Make it a habit to stretch or walk around your office for a few minutes.
3. Align your wrists
Typing with bent wrist could lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. Rest them occasionally and ensure your workstation is set up ergonomically.
4. Rest your eyes
If your eyes are dry, and your vision is blurred, you may be staring at the computer screen too long. Look away occasionally and do eye exercises like blinking or staring at something in the distance.
5. Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water helps to maintain your body temperature, metabolism, and heart health. Aim for 8 glasses a day.
6. Bring snacks
It’s easier to resist the vending machines when you have a supply of wholesome foods. Good choices include nuts, baby carrots, and hummus.
7. Pack your lunch
Save money and calories by bringing your lunch to work. You can prepare it the night ahead if you tend to run out of time in the morning.
8. Make friends
Work buddies increase job satisfaction. Get to know your co-workers and look for common interests. Share stories about your personal life and encourage them to do the same.
9. Connect in person
Face-to-face contact also contributes to stronger relationships. Try dropping by someone’s office instead of sending an email.
10. Wake up early
Do you barely see the sun because you’re inside all day? Rising an hour earlier could enhance your mood and give you more time to work out and eat a hearty breakfast.
11. Use your holidays
Letting your holiday entitlement go to waste undermines your health and productivity, so time off is beneficial for you and your employer. Even just planning a holiday can lift your spirits, so make a list of your favorite destinations and start researching them.
12. Organise and decorate your space
A cluttered desk can be a source of stress. Find an organising system that works for you and put files you rarely use out of sight. While you’re at it, add in a few personal touches and a pretty plant.
13. Focus on helping others
Any job is more meaningful and gratifying if you keep the purpose in mind. When you’re having a rough day, think about the people who benefit from your efforts.
You can stay healthy without giving up your hard earned wages. Adopt these health tips and some simple habits that will protect your wellbeing, even if you spend many hours a day behind a desk.
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