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How to look after your health and wellbeing at work

It can be hard to take care of ourselves well at work. But self-care is just as necessary in the workplace as it is at home – many of us spend most of our week there. Here are six tips for learning how to care about your wellbeing at work.

  1. Bring a water bottle. Water intake is absolutely essential for wellness. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you will remember to stop by the drinking fountain throughout the day. You will drink more water – and thus feel far more energised – if you have a water bottle right with you. You can even try adding lemon juice or frozen fruit for extra sparkle.
  2. Be aware of your body. Body awareness is a must for any job. If you have a desk job, make sure you are sitting straight. You probably should invest in a comfortable chair, and might even want to get a ball to sit on. Also, make sure you are taking moments here and there to stretch, move around, and focus on something besides a computer screen. If you have a more active job, make sure that you are not straining any part of your body. If you feel pain anywhere, address it immediately.
  3. Post encouragements in your workspace. Your mind needs refreshment just as much as your body does. Put sticky notes around your workspace with encouraging statements on them. When you are having a stressful day, take a minute to sit back and read these encouragements. Honestly, this will make a huge difference in your life, and potentially in your coworkers’ lives as well.
  4. Expose yourself to nature. Both your body and mind will feel far more able to function if you incorporate nature into your workspace. Let in natural light wherever possible. If the weather allows, open the windows for fresh air. Get green plants to brighten up your space – cactuses are cheap and do not require much upkeep.
  5. Be honest. You may not want to admit that you are exhausted, overwhelmed, or struggling with anxiety. We understand. Everyone wants to feel capable. But sometimes self-care means being honest with your employer or coworkers. Let someone know if you need help or if you just need a break.
  6. Know and set your limits. We all have our own limits. And we need to learn to recognise and respect those limits. Make sure you are giving yourself the rest you need. Avoid working extra hours when you are already tired – tell your manager you won’t have time to do the extra work if you need to. If you don’t give in to the pressure to work beyond what you are able, you won’t have to worry about crumbling under the pressure that work brings.

Remember that your health is always important, no matter where you are! Find out about our upcoming ‘Corporate Health and Wellbeing Summit’ events – dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of your business, your culture, and your staff.

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