Five health tips that increase workplace motivation
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.
1. Try these to improve your concentration
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.