How often do you hear the words ‘I can’t believe the time, where has the day gone?’. Many of us spend the majority of our waking lives at work (whether that be in the office or home), so it’s no surprise that workplace environments and culture can affect our wellbeing. It can be easy to forget that we need to look after ourselves both mentally and physically, especially at work, to avoid illness in the long term.
The modern-day work environment now includes long periods of sitting down, grabbing fast food on the go and straining our eyes at a computer screen without breaks. Even once you’ve clocked off, it can be hard to switch off, with employees able to check emails and take work calls even once the working day has ended. While long hours might seem manageable in the short term, increasing pressures and a poor work/life balance can quickly lead to stress and burnout. Being happy and healthy is proven to result in better productivity.
We've put together some easy tips to introduce wellness in your working day, so you can help create a healthier, more productive work culture:
Improve your environment
Adding plants, working in more natural light or having a relaxing break-out area can really help contribute to the overall wellbeing of the office. Plants can help reduce unwanted noise levels, help eliminate toxins in the air, increase levels of positive energy, help reduce stress, and can even lower blood pressure levels. More exposure to natural light also affects workers’ quality of life, vitality, daytime function, and sleep, while a break-out space will encourage relaxation and social interaction.
Avoid the temptations of the office treats
Processed foods can be tasty but the sugars and e numbers can leave your mind and body feeling sluggish. Buy or make your healthy snacks at the beginning of the week and prepare a portion every morning to have ready