Work is where we spend most of our time. Though it can feel draining or just plain exhausting sometimes, most of us have to deal with it.
The best way to feel happier and healthier at work is to strike a healthy work-life balance. Try to reconsider how much energy and attention you give to your job, your rest, and your self-care during the day and see how differently you feel at the end of it.
Here are some practical tips to help you achieve cohesion amongst each of these elements.
Take Walks on Your Break
By taking walks on your break, even short ones, you get to feel the sun on your skin, fresh air in your lungs, and sneak some exercise in. You’ll thank yourself for this respite while back at your desk enjoying clarity in your head, lighter mood, relaxed muscles and increased productivity.
Pick Healthier Lunches
Take some time to explore new and healthier options for your lunch. You can target different nutritional goals each day, such as concentrating on green fruits and vegetables, trying new wholegrain, eating good fats and etc. Or pick any “healthy eating tip” and try it on that day.
Take Meaningful Breaks
If you work on a computer, chances are you spend far too much time looking at a screen. Take a 5-minute break for every hour of screen time to take some strain off your eyes. Use this time to give your brain a break, too. Do a quick set of stretches for your arms, wrists, or legs. It will get your blood flowing and help you refocus for the next task.
Mindfulness can be practiced anywhere and can help you feel more present and aware of your emotional and physical sensations. Try closing your eyes, taking at least one minute to register all of the different things that you are feeling, and letting go of any distracting thoughts. Repeat this simple exercise at least twice a day, and whenever you start to feel overwhelmed or stressed.
Take your lunch at the same time
A break is meant to give you time away from your work, because it is essential for your productivity and wellbeing. Don’t miss it. And try to take it at the same time each day. Spend the full hour away from your desk, or even from your office if you can help it. This will encourage routine and take your mind off what you’ve been working on.
Engage with Your Colleagues
Your co-workers may not always be the best of friends, but you still spend plenty of time with them. Try to talk to a colleague about something non-work related at least once a day. It will encourage positivity, boost team morale, and may actually help you to make a new friend.
Celebrate Your Accomplishments.
It’s easier to think of work as just a job if you don’t take the time to appreciate the work that you’re doing. Whenever you get a win, big or small, give yourself a moment to celebrate. If grabbing a donut on your lunch break or taking a longer break works for you, then you should do it.