We have all heard the phrase ‘You Are What You Eat’ and it’s true. Certain foods help your mind to stay alert and motivated at work. Recently I stumbled across the site Nutritious & Delicious which is a healthy eating/wellbeing programme created for the busy employee. It aims to highlight the importance of the meals eaten in the workplace during daytime hours.
They have created a range of categorised recipes to help you target your needs. For example do you need to feel re-energised or alert?
Check out some of the recipes below and see if they work for you!
Whatever the workplace, is it crucial that employees stay hydrated in order to remain motivated and focused. Some workforces need water more than others, however, and 2014 saw a 2% increase in the UK water cooler industry. Market analysts at Zenith International revealed that this increase is most likely due to the increase in bottled water consumption at construction sites. So, how many litres of water are construction sites going through in a week? Find out below!
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!
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.
With 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.
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.
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.
Who 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’.
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.
Evernote 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve talked about the health benefits of drinking tea, but what type of tea is the best for different areas of the body? Hover over different areas of the body to find out what type of tea you should be drinking!
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.
We all know that drinking water is good for us but did you know that the time you drink it matters? Check out our tips below to maximise the effects of water on your body by drinking water at the right time.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.