6 THINGS HURTING YOU AT THE OFFICE
You spend almost a third or even half of your day at the office 6 days a week. The way you work and the things you do there are bound to have a high impact on your health and your life. Here we will be discussing some steps that will help you break the bad routine that are hurting you at the office.
01 THE WAY YOU SIT
If you tend to work for an organisation, you probably spend more time at your desk than any other place. That’s why it’s so important to sit at your desk properly. Adjust your chair height so that your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are at a 90-degree angle. Even if you sit with perfect posture, you shouldn’t do it for an extended period of time. Your body and mind will fall asleep, much like when you skip a meal. Once per hour, get up for a walk or a stretch. This will wake you up and get the blood flowing through your body and to your brain. Take every opportunity to get away from your desk. Instead of calling a co-worker or sending an email, walk across the office to deliver the message in person.
02 EATING SCHEDULE/ SKIPPING LUNCH
While snacking on junk food is bad, skipping lunch altogether is equally bad, or even worse. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of work keep you from breaking up the day with a healthy meal. Not only can forgoing lunch affect your energy levels and your ability to think and focus, but it will more likely cause you to over eat at dinner time. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks will help your mind remain sharp and keep your energy levels high. They can also keep you satiated so you don’t overeat at lunch or dinner. But grabbing a bag of chips or raiding your neighbour’s candy stash does more harm than good. Instead, try a piece of fruit or handful of almonds in the morning. When your sweet tooth starts acting up in the afternoon, go for a low-sugar granola bar or a small piece of antioxidant-rich dark chocolate.
03 CIGARETTE BREAKS
Smokers tend to take several breaks a day to light up. And this adds up to a couple of hours a week. So by quitting smoking or just taking less cigarette breaks you can not only save your time at the office but also save yourself from dangerous diseases, not to forget the diseases your colleagues might catch from second hand smoking.
Workplace stress derives from many sources. It can be a demanding boss, annoying co-workers, angry customers, hazardous conditions or a neverending workload. Your work performance is also affected by stressors such as family relationships, finances and a lack of sleep stemming from fears and anxieties about the future. How you handle the effects of stress depends on whether it is easier to change the situation or change your attitude towards it. Try to avoid stress through time management focus more on important work and take a break from time to time. If your causes of stress are more social in nature, try to build good relationship with people around you, instead of sitting in a corner all day, walk up to a colleague and just talk for a few minutes, this can be a big stress buster.
05 EXCESSIVE CAFFEINE
Most working men tend to drink too much coffee. A hot cup of java in the morning, another at lunch, and yet another while chatting with coworkers might sound like a routine day at the office, but excessiveness can have its downsides. The beverage may not have harmful aspects, but in excess, the caffeine in coffee can cause numerous problems such as stained teeth, bad breath and even increase your chances of having a heart attack.
06 EYES FIXED ON COMPUTER ALL DAY
Excessive time on your computer can damage your eyes for good. Adjust your computer screen so that your eyes are even with the top edge, and angle the screen so it’s tilted slightly upward toward your eyes. Your elbows should also be at a right angle when typing on your keyboard. Besides eye problems, other health problems can arise from too much body inactivity when sitting in front of the computer for a long time and backache is just the start. Conditions like Carpel tunnel syndrome and RSI Syndrome result from too much wrist movements from excessive typing. Spending too much time on the computer can also dull our cognitive abilities as well as lead to decrease in concentration and focus when doing work off the computer. While it cannot be denied that computers do have their practicality and benefits, the key is to use the computer in moderation.
Words: Samyukta Dawadi | Photos: Niren R. Tuladhar