Working is often an undesirable undertaking. The daily grind can get us down, and at the end of the day we’re feeling washed out. However, there are a few tips for making work a healthier feeling activity.
Use a standing desk
Sitting for more than 6 hours per day is extremely detrimental to your health. Having a standing desk set to the height of your natural gaze will improve your posture and any subsequent back or neck aches. If these haven’t been introduced to your workplace, present the idea to your boss as a way of increasing productivity, or simply ask if you can use one yourself. If you work from home, throwing out a traditional desk and replacing it with a more modern adjustable version can get you more work done. Plus, dietary research indicates that standing burns 50 more calories in an hour than sitting will, so it’s a good supplementary for exercise routines as well.
Drink water as well as or instead of coffee
While coffee gives us a huge boost of energy in the morning, it should be your second drink of the day instead of the first. Having a glass of water beforehand will help flush your system and aid your body in absorbing any following substances. You’ll find yourself with a clearer head and focus ability if you keep a glass of water near your station and sip regularly, or drink it on your breaks instead of cheap company-served caffeine. If you don’t already have access to a quality office water dispenser, then consider requesting one of those as well.
Look for compensation for any injuries
Now this one seems obvious, but it’s hard in the modern era to get compensation rights if you’ve been hurt at work. This is most likely to happen on construction sites, and often you don’t know who to point the finger at when it comes to recompense. Indeed, compensation claims have fallen by over 50% in the last ten years. Using injury lawyers will give you a better chance of claiming compensation, but it is a possible process to do yourself for minor accidents. Winning compensation claims will make you feel safer in your work environment, and will show your colleagues it’s not a lost game
Keep yourself moving
Working in an office or a retail position that requires you to stand behind a counter makes you stagnate. This often gives you incredible foot pain, dead legs, and an unwillingness to come back to work the next day. So whilst in the long run it sounds bad to sit at a desk all day, it’s heaven in the moment. Of course no one will stop you sitting, but getting up and taking a walk at regular intervals will help you to stay healthy during your daily activities. It can also alleviate foot pain, and help you get used to the strain of standing on your feet for an 8 hour shift.
Your health is the most important factor in your life. Keep it in mind when you work as well as the thought of money to improve it.
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