It is often difficult to keep yourself energised and motivated when you are in the office. However, there are some ways you can change your working lifestyle to ensure you stay healthy in the office with little effort, the outcome being a healthier you and a happier working environment.
Tidy work area
I always find if I come into the office and start the day with my desk covered in mess I feel all flustered and in a muddle. Try to tidy everything away at the end of each day so you come in to start afresh and you know where everything is. Write a list of what needs to be done the next day, this will hopefully make you feel organised and confident you’re on top of everything. As a PA it is my duty to keep the team and office in order so be assertive and tell everyone to keep their own work area tidy too!
Drink enough water
Keeping hydrated is important in whatever we do and it will also help you with your performance at work. Keep a bottle of water on your desk so you have a constant supply and you’ll find it easier to get the recommended 8 glasses a day into you! Tiredness can be caused by dehydration so if you’re feeling a little weary perhaps it is water you need and not another coffee. If, like me, you find water rather boring to drink why don’t you add some cucumber or lemon to it to jazz it up a bit.
Chocolate, sweets, Easter eggs, cakes – they’re everywhere in the office! Of course everyone needs a treat now and again but the sugar highs andlows you’ll get from all these sugary snacks won’t help in the long run and will lead to
that afternoon slump we all get which makes the end of the day seem a long way off! Try and keep some healthy snacks to hand as well, bring in some fresh fruit, carrot sticks, nuts or savoury crackers in from home, and some dark chocolate for the after lunch sugar cravings!
Make your own lunch
Of course you can’t do this every day, it would get very boring, but making your own lunch can be a lot healthier and also save you lots of money! You could make a batch of roasted vegetables and couscous on a Sunday night and it would last you most of the week, or make some soup for the colder months, much better than the shop bought stuff and so easy! You can then treat yourself on a Friday, we love a Tiger office picnic where everyone brings in a different item!
Take a break and move around
It is very easy to stay sitting at our desk without realising the day going by but it’s so important to get up and walk around every so often. Working long hours is stressful both physically and mentally so try and give your body and brain a rest. Try and fit in at least 10 minutes of fresh air when you can, even if it’s just a walk around the block, you will be able to think more clearly when you get back to your desk. If you’re stuck with a problem or having a mind blank getting up and moving around can change your perspective and clear your head.
Get a good night’s sleep
We all know sleep is essential and will help boost energy levels and improve our concentration but it can be hard to sleep soundly when you’re stressed at work and have a lot on your plate. Try to have at least an hour before bed without checking your emails or being on your laptop, you’ve been at it all day and it’s time to give your eyes and brain a rest! Get into a good book, have a relaxing bath or listen to some music to help you switch off and wind down. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
Chat to colleagues and have fun at work
It doesn’t need to be silent in the office, spark up a conversation with colleagues and make the workplace feel less formal and more comfortable, it can feel tense and awkward if everyone sits in silence all day. Work doesn’t have to be boring either, after all, you’re probably spending more time at work during the week than at home with friends so you may as well make that time enjoyable!
Give your eyes a break
Most people will spend 90% of their working day looking at a screen, which can be hard on your eyes. Try and think of something you could do which doesn’t involve your computer for 5 or 10 minutes.
Be active out of work
It can be hard to find the time to exercise when you’re in a job which has long hours but try your best to do something active, not only is it good for your body but it will help unload the stress of the workday. Try walking to or from work if you can a couple of times a week, join the gym or find something else that you enjoy, maybe there’s a netball team you can join with a friend. It doesn’t have to be sports related either, just something that’s enjoyable and stimulating, why not treat yourself to a manicure or a massage.
Work hard, play hard!
It’s important to reward yourself after a hard week at work, it’ll give you something to look forward to throughout the week and keep your spirits up! Why not go for a drink with colleagues after work before meeting with friends, it’s good to spend time with them in a non-working environment and talk about non-work related subjects every now and again keeping that all important work-life balance!
Categories: Job Seekers