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Back to the Office? Here Are a Few Tips to Maintain Your Healthy Habits

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If you are someone that’s returning to the office after spending a lot of time at home, you could find yourself anxious for a number of reasons, but you could also find yourself needing to upgrade your healthy habits. It could be difficult to stay healthy when you’re working a 9-to-5 lifestyle away from home. If this is you, here are some ways to make sure that you maintain your health in a working environment. 

Regular Breaks

This is something that we don’t necessarily think of as an important component of our working day. But if you are glued to your screen, you could find yourself losing focus, and this means that you may have a slip and fall at work because you weren’t paying attention. You need the opportunity to recharge and refocus, but you should also avoid consecutive long days at work.

You may have times when you have a big project that needs doing, which demands a few late nights, but the fact is that the company should be good at giving you deadlines, and also breaking down the tasks into more manageable components. If this is not the case, it might be worth flagging this up.

Eating Healthy

As simple as it sounds, you’ve got to strike the right balance when it comes to your main meal in the office environment: your lunch. Too many white carbs mean that you feel sluggish and you won’t be able to focus, but you also need things that will fill yourself in the right ways, not just in body, but in brain. And also give consideration to the right level of portions. You can find numerous macro calculators online to help you understand what is the optimum amount of food you should be eating.

Keeping Hydrated

You need to have enough water, but you should also consider the impact of not being hydrated enough. Dehydration can have a severe impact on your ability to focus. Even a 1% dip in water levels in your body can cause a 5% dip in cognitive function that can be difficult to bounce back from. Make it a priority to keep yourself adequately hydrated. This doesn’t just include water but foods that contain water.

Saying Flexible

In a physical sense, keeping flexible is going to ensure that you will feel better in yourself. If it’s possible, you can have a standing desk, but if this is not available, ensure that you take regular breaks and stretch. Stretching is something that is greatly underrated, but if you are at the point when you are feeling the effects of being sat down for too long, stretching the parts of the body that feels sore or achy will make a big difference. The golden rule when it comes to stretching is to hold a stretch to the point of discomfort for 30 seconds to 1-minute.

Keep Your Mindset in Check

As returning to the office can mean a lot of anxieties, it can help you to be a more confident person by keeping your mindset in check and looking for any triggers of anxiety. 

If you want to stay healthy there are a lot of things to consider, but they can be very simple.

What do you think?

Written by Marni E. Goldberg

Marni E. Goldberg is a journalist covering the financial market and graduate of Wharton School of Business. She loves cooking, travelling in her spare time, and spending quality time with her family.

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