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Seven free apps perfect for boosting your work day

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Phew, it’s Friday; you have almost made it to the end of the working week. It’s not quite the weekend yet, however, so are you in need of some help to boost your working day and perk up your office? Look no further… check out our list of free apps designed to do that exactly that!

 

1.Timeful

Timeful is an app that syncs with your calendars and gives you smart suggestions on how to use your time both wisely and effectively. Designed to schedule things so you can get them done, it acts as both a calendar and to-do list. This app provides all the help you need to make the most of your time.

 

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2. Daily Water

water-appWith fewer than 1 in 250 people in the UK meeting their total daily fluid needs with water, this seems to be an app that people should really use. Since your body is made up of more than 65% water, it is essential to drink water throughout the day and ensure you stay hydrated as minimal drops in hydration can negatively influence your ability to concentrate on your work. Drinking water keeps your mind clear and focused on the task at hand. Daily Water helps you track the amount of fluid you drink and reminds you to drink water at the right time.

 

 

3. The Advanced 7-Minute Workout

The last thing you want to do when you get home from a hard day’s work is go to the gym, right? Then why not do your workout at work? The New York Times offers a free 7-minute workout app you can do in the office on your lunch break. The app acts as a step-by-step guide, offering animated illustrations of the exercises as well as a timer and audio cues to help you get the most out of your seven minutes. Remember: any exercise will benefit the body and provide positive effects.

 

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4. Silva Relaxation

Work stress can sometimes become overwhelming. Silva has created an app that users are saying is the ‘perfect way to relax, unwind and de-stress’. Simple relaxation techniques such as controlled breathing and meditation can help you manage your stress and keep your life in balance.

 

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5. Break

breakWho doesn’t need a break from their work every once in a while to watch a funny video? Break is the perfect app, with tons of hilarious videos and pictures including epic fails, pranks and stunts. You can even share these with your colleagues to perk up your workplace. Or be like Mary J who uses this app ‘every day to take a laugh break from work’.

 

 

 

6. Camellia Tea Timer

How many times have you been making tea for your colleagues and forgotten about it, forcing them to drink the strongest cup of tea known to man or making you start all over again? Now you no longer have to worry about that. With this app you just choose the type of tea you want, press ‘start’ and the app will let you know when your tea has brewed to perfection.

 

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7. Evernote

evernoteEvernote is ‘the modern workspace that helps you be your most productive self’. It can be used to capture notes, ideas and project details and timelines, helping you keep organised and making sure nothing slips through the cracks.

Five health tips that increase workplace motivation

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January can be a tough month, when many people feel tired and are perhaps trying to fight off illness. Here are five tips on how to increase your motivation at work while also taking care of your wellbeing.   Health-tips

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To ensure good nutrition at work you need to plan ahead. Avoid the vending machine and keep a supply of healthy snacks in your desk; pack a healthy lunch from home; avoid caffeinated and sugary beverages; and remind yourself to drink water by keeping a bottle or glass on your desk.

 

2. Improve the ergonomics of your work station

Sitting at a desk and working on a keyboard puts pressure on the back, neck and shoulders. To help prevent common aches and pains, take a moment to adjust your chair to suit you most comfortably, including the seat height, backrest angle, lumbar support and armrests.

 

3. Stay hydrated by drinking more water

Your body is made up of more than 65% water, so it is essential to drink water throughout the day to ensure adequate hydration and health. Even minimal decreases in hydration can negatively influence your ability to concentrate on your work. Drinking water keeps your mind clear and focused.

4. Perform these stretches throughout your working day

Taking the time to perform simple stretches throughout the day can help relieve muscle tension and tightness. It can also help increase your flexibility, which can help reduce the risk of injury.

5. Remember to take a coffee break

Like most people, you are probably sedentary for most of your working hours. To help prevent stiff and sore muscles, take a break at least once an hour. Go for a short walk and grab yourself a refreshing cup of coffee, for example.

Charity Water: JDRF London Bridges Walk to Cure Diabetes

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On Sunday 28 September 2014, 500 people of all ages took part in the the London walk to cure diabetes, and Eden Springs supplied each participant with a free bottle of water to keep them perked up and hydrated for their walk! Check out some photos from the day and to find out more information about what you could do to help raise money for type 1 diabetes visit www.jdrf.org.uk.

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6 Reasons Tea is Terrific for Your Health & Happiness

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Coffee’s calming counterpart, tea is a staple of British society and a beverage enjoyed by millions of people across the globe every day. Of course, we all know tea is a cupful of soothing, scrumptious goodness, but what some of you may not know is that a daily brew can be a life-saver in the long term. Tea’s health benefits are just about innumerable – and we’ve got just some of the reasons tea-drinkers can count themselves lucky they’ve got a case of the leaf love.

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It keeps your heart healthy.

The magical serum that is green tea has a boatload of health benefits to its name – not least its ability to improve your heart’s endothelial function (as long as you leave the milk out). Adding milk to your green tea will negate the tea’s cardioprotective benefits. Tea’s also proven to be effective in reducing the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular diseases – so for a healthy heart, make this your beverage of choice.

 

It helps protect your eyes.

Your eyes are delicate and entirely susceptible to oxidative stress. Back in 2010, a study revealed that green tea’s ingredients have a positive impact on your eyes – particularly the tissue in your retinas. So to keep your vision intact and your eyes healthy, a steaming hot cup of green tea certainly wouldn’t go amiss.

 

It keeps you young.

White tea’s sky-high polyphenol count means it’s pretty much the closest any of us will get to the fountain of youth. In one particular study, white tea extracts demonstrated anti-aging properties, helping to prevent wrinkles. By strengthening collagen and elastin, tea helps to fight one of 21st century society’s ultimate fears – the dreaded frown lines – all thanks to its natural protective benefits.

 

It relieves stress.

It’s no secret that a cosy cup of tea is the ultimate cure for our worldly worries. But how exactly has tea mastered the art of relaxation? It’s all science – in one scientific study, black tea was proven to reduce stress hormone levels in participants. And it doesn’t stop there – six months on black tea can even lower your systolic blood pressure, and you can’t argue with those benefits.

 

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It makes you big and strong.

As if green tea wasn’t already powerful enough, a regular dose of the stuff can increase your bone mineral density and even your strength. Thanks to the polyphenols contained in green tea, you can improve your fat-free mass percentage and strengthen your bones while you’re at it.

 

It fights disease.

Breast, skin, lung, stomach, liver and pancreatic cancers, as well as diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are just some of the diseases that a cup of tea works to prevent. Through a combination of antioxidants and those powerful polyphenols, this miraculous drink manages to help keep dangerous and degenerative illnesses at bay – relieving stress in the process.
At Eden Springs, we know how important it is to stay healthy and hydrated – which is why we provide offices throughout the UK with eco-friendly coffee machines and water coolers. To give your business its daily caffeine fix, take a look at our office coffee solutions now.

The Happy Marriage of Coffee & Work

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The unbreakable bond between coffee and work is a fundamental part of modern civilisation, a pairing so perfect it’s infiltrated the very core of today’s working world. Employees looking to supplement their workload with something a little tastier have found the rewards of a nice hot brew and show no signs of quitting the caffeine.

So we know that coffee and work is a long-term love affair – but what’s their origin story, and what exactly makes this love such a big one?

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Coffee is proven to have a direct and significant effect on employee performance, with a daily caffeine fix making a huge impact on office output. Caffeine gives your employees the vital energy required to cope with heavy workloads, allowing them to perform effectively and productively. The caffeine is absorbed into the bloodstream within in a matter of minutes, and the resulting energy can last for several hours.

The jolt that an early morning brew sends into our central nervous systems keeps us awake and alert – in our most productive state – and leaves the mind clear, logical and prime for working performance. Not only that, but coffee can even alleviate the everyday aches and pains associated with office work – in the neck, shoulders, forearms and wrists – leaving staff pain-free and on top form throughout the day.

 

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The 21st century institution that is the coffee break dates back to the mid-20th century, with the regime made a part of many working contracts following WWII. Today the office coffee break is both a standard and essential component of every employee’s working day, offering a chance to socialise amongst their colleagues, hydrating and mentally refuelling in the process. These regular breaks allow workers to get their productivity-propelling caffeine fix in short and frequent bursts throughout the day – making for a workforce that is satisfied and stimulated at all times.

And for those of you who are partial to a casual coffee house rendezvous, you’ll be pleased to hear that even this has the scientific justifications to back it up. A low to moderate level of ambient sound, rather than distracting workers, is actually proven to boost creativity – making coffee shops an ideal location for some out-of-office brainwaves.

 

Health Benefits

In addition to the undeniable professional and social benefits of the office coffee, the relationship between coffee and work even boasts some hefty health benefits on top. Drinking four or more cups of coffee a day can decrease your risk of contracting diabetes by as much as 50%, while female employees drinking at least three each day are less likely to develop skin cancer later in life.

In a more everyday sense, caffeinated workers make for contented workers – with caffeine sending more fatty acids into the old bloodstream to be absorbed and used for energy, fighting the inertia often associated with the working day. Better yet, even the sweet scent of a hot cup of coffee can fight the stress resulting from sleep deprivation – powerful stuff.

The relationship between coffee and work is one that’s built to last, offering employees the world over a reliable pick-me-up with some rather hefty long-term benefits – and it’s not hard to see why this is a societal bond that can’t be broken.

If you’re ready to give your employees the coffee machine of their dreams, Eden Springs can help. We provide offices throughout the UK with eco-friendly coffee solutions with the power to maximise your business’s productivity – and keep your workforce happy and hydrated all day long.

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How To Improve The Ergonomics Of Your Work Station

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A properly designed workspace is an important component of well-being at work; some simple things can make a big difference.

 

If you are like many people who spend hours each day hunched over a keyboard and in front of a computer screen, then office ergonomics is an important issue for you. Sitting at a desk all day puts pressure on your back, neck and shoulders. A properly designed work space is the key to preventing many musculoskeletal disorders. Here is some simple advice on how to improve the ergonomics of your work station:

 

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Reducing Eyestrain

Eyestrain is a common sign of prolonged computer use, which may manifest itself in many ways:

  • sore, tired, dry and itchy eyes,
  • blurred or double vision,
  • headache and sore neck,
  • difficulty shifting focus between monitor and paper documents,
  • increased sensitivity to light.

To give the eyes a much-needed rest, follow this simple advice:

  • Rest your eyes frequently during the day by closing them for 5 seconds.
  • Throughout the day, force your eyes to focus on something other than your screen for a few seconds.
  • Give the eyes a five-minute break from the screen at least once every hour – stand up, move around, or do non-computer work during this period.
  • Make a conscious effort to blink more – many people blink less than normal when working at a computer, resulting in dry eyes. Blinking helps moisten and lubricate the eyes.

 

Computer Screen Set-up

Making some minor changes to your monitor can greatly reduce eyestrain:

  • Adjust the brightness of your screen and keep it clean and free of dust.
  • Enlarge the image or documents on your screen to make them easier to read.
  • Where possible position your monitor on your workstation to reduce reflections from lights or windows.
  • To test for glare, sit at your desk with the monitor turned off; this allows you to see the reflected light and images you don’t normally see when the monitor is on. Adjust the source of glare if possible, or move the monitor accordingly. Tilting the screen down slightly often helps.

 

Chair Set-up

A chair that is adjusted properly helps you maintain good posture, which helps reduce the amount of strain on your back. Take a moment to adjust your seat to suit your height:

  • Lower back (lumbar) support and cushioning – adjust to your comfort level.
  • Backrest angle – approximately 90o.
  • Seat height and angle – relative to the desk height and your leg length – the desk should be at waist/navel height, your knees should be parallel with your hips, and your feet should rest comfortable on the floor.

 

Work Station Set-up

  • For the optimal set-up of your work station, frequently used items should be easily visible and within a 45o radius to minimize any twisting movements of your back; they should be within arms-reach, so there is no need for your back to leave the chair.
  • Position your monitor directly in front of you approximately arms length from your eyes.
  • Keep the top of your screen at eye level or slightly below, so that you look down slightly at your work.
  • Position your keyboard directly in front of your monitor; if you place it at an angle or the side, your eyes have to focus at different distances, which is tiring.
  • Place documents on a document holder beside your monitor at the same level, angle and distance as the monitor to prevent your eyes from constantly having to readjust focus.

 

How to Strike the Perfect Work Life Balance

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Balancing the demands of work life and home can be a major source of stress; some simple techniques can help you improve your well-being and quality of life.

 

Do you spend more time at work than you do at home?

 

In today’s global workplace of advanced communications people now have the ability to work almost anywhere – from their home, their car, even while they are on vacation. Thanks to technology like cell phones, laptops, and video conferencing, many people are working longer hours than they used to and the boundary between work and personal time has blurred. But when your work life and your personal life are out of balance, your stress level can soar.

It isn’t easy to juggle the demands of career and personal life. For most people it’s an on-going challenge. Here is some advice from the experts on how to maintain the balance:

 

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1. Protect Your Day Off

Try to schedule some of your routine chores on workdays so that your days off are more relaxing.

 

2. Keep A Log

Track everything you do for one week, including work-related and non-work related activities. After you see your patterns, decide where to make adjustments, such as cutting or delegating activities you don’t enjoy, or which aren’t priorities.

 

3. Manage Your Time

Organise household tasks efficiently, for example: doing one load of laundry every day, rather than saving it all up for your day off.

 

4. Nurture Yourself

Set aside some time each day for an activity you enjoy, such as reading, listening to music, or practicing a favourite sport or hobby. This will help you to decompress after a hectic day.

 

5.Get Enough Sleep

There’s nothing as stressful and potentially dangerous as working when you are sleep deprived. Not only is your productivity affected, but you can also make costly mistakes. You may then have to work even more hours to make up for these mistakes.

 

6. Communicate Clearly

Eliminate time-consuming misunderstandings by communicating clearly and listening carefully. Take notes; write lists, etc. to keep yourself organised.

 

7. Set Aside One Night Each Week For Recreation

Take the phone of the hook, turn off the computer and TV, and discover the activities that you can do with family and friends. Making time for the people and activities you enjoy will rejuvenate you.

 

8. Bolster Your Support System

During times of stress it can often help just to talk about it with a trusted family member, friend or co-worker. You may also want to consider professional help such as your doctor, a psychologist or a counsellor.

6 Easy Stretching Exercises To Do At Work

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According to some experts, a lack of physical activity is one of the most serious health issues facing our modern society. Finding time for exercise during your busy day may not always be easy, but there are some simple things you can do to keep yourself fit.

 

Doctors recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity a day as part of a healthy lifestyle, but finding time for exercise during your busy day may not always be easy. However, there are some simple things you can do at work that can help:

 

  • Take a walk during your lunch break; asking friends and co-workers to join you can help keep it fun and keep you motivated.
  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Take a stretch break – performing some stretching exercises throughout the day can help relieve common aches and pains, tension, and loosen stiff muscles.

 

The following are some simple stretching exercises you can do at your work station. Perform the following stretches frequently throughout your work day. Hold the position for 5-10 seconds, relax, and repeat 3 times.

 

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Finger Stretch

Clutching a pen or typing on a keyboard can make your hands stiff and tight. This stretch will help reinvigorate the muscles in your hands: Separate and straighten your fingers until you feel a stretch, keeping your hand in alignment with your wrist. Next, bend the end and middle knuckles of your fingers, keeping your hand and wrist in the same position.

 

Leg Stretch

Standing and holding on to something, lift one foot up towards the buttocks, keeping the knees together. Pause and then lower the foot to the floor. Repeat with the opposite foot.

 

Back Stretch

Reach behind your head and place your hand on your upper back, keeping your arm close to your ear. Gently hold your elbow with your opposite hand. Pull your elbow toward the back of your head and reach your hand toward the middle of your back until you feel a gentle stretch. Pause, and then repeat on the other side.

 

Arm and Shoulder Stretch

Lace your fingers together and turn your palms facing out; straighten your arms in front of you and hold.

Neck Stretch

Tuck your chin in, lengthening the back of your neck. Then turn your head to the left. Pause and then bring it back to the centre. Pause and then turn to the right.

 

Shoulder Rolls

Roll your shoulders up towards your ears, hold; then roll your shoulders back and down, squeezing briefly between your shoulder blades.