Balancing work and wellness sometimes feels impossible, especially when there doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day. About 23-40% of workers feel stressed, frustrated, or anxious at least a few times a week. Prioritizing wellness and maintaining a healthy work/life balance can decrease those negative feelings and enhance your emotional and physical health.
Incorporating wellness at work can boost happiness, productivity, creativity and your overall health. Here are our top five tips to incorporate wellness into your workday:
Get up from your desk: Whether you’re sweating at a Barry’s class during lunch or getting down with some deskercise, keeping active during the workday is important to your well-being. Have a day jam-packed with meetings? Consider scheduling a walking meeting instead of feeling cooped up in a conference room.
Take a meditation or yoga break: Close your eyes and take a breather. From boosting creativity to enhancing self-awareness, meditating and practicing yoga during the workday has several benefits. Carve out 1-10 minutes of your workday to meditate solo or with your colleagues. Our favorite meditation platform Meditation.Live offers meditation/movement classes, workshops, and panel in a live, interactive setting.
Stay away from salty foods and sweets: We love snacking on Cheez-Its and chocolate, but let’s be real—healthy snacks are key to staying focused and fueled at work. Satisfy your cravings with snacks and meals that are high-protein and low-sugar. Worried about office catering throwing off your game? Ask your HR rep to look into great catering services like Chewse to bring healthy, sustainable meals into your workplace.
Prevent eye strain: Eyes feeling fatigued after staring at your monitor all day? Practice the 20-20-20 rule to prevent eye strain and relax your eyes. Take a 20-second break from looking at your screen every 20 minutes. During the break, your eyes should focus on an object 20 feet away.
Practice gratitude when times get tough: Feeling stressed about your to-do list at work? Take a moment to write down a different list—list what you’re grateful for in a gratitude journal. Look back at the list regularly so you remember what you’re grateful for. Also, say “thank you” to your coworkers more frequently and see how your gratitude makes them smile and shifts how others relate to you.
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