Five Ways to Stay Healthier at Work

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If you’ve ever had to miss work due to an illness or a work-related injury, your time away from work can make quite a negative impact on your income. Even if you have sick pay saved up or are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, your financial comfort is at risk. Although missing work has its pluses, it’s better to enjoy your time off when you’re healthy.

Although workplace injury or accident can happen at any time and illness is hard to dodge when a co-worker came to work sick, here are some ways to stay healthier while at work:

1. Stay Home When You’re Sick

If you’re a self-proclaimed “workaholic” who can’t stand the thought of missing work, you probably try to come to work when you’re sick. Not only is this a terrible habit, but it’s a selfish one. Coming to work when ill proves nothing about your dedication to work and puts everyone else at risk of getting sick. Stay home and get better; bring home work if you must.

2. Get Enough Exercise

We’ve all heard how important it is to get regular exercise, but who has the time? If your schedule is too busy, rearrange some things (even if that means skipping a binge-watching session) and devote at least 30 minutes to exercise every day; break it up in increments if that’s easier. Exercise helps to keep you healthier, lessens your stress, and improves your mood.

3. Take Breaks

Many people take breaks at their desks rather than getting up and moving around and some skip a break altogether. Rather than eating your lunch at your desk, take a brisk walk outside or enjoy your coffee break in front of a window. Get moving, get a change of scenery, and force yourself to step away from your work.

If your employer offers a stretch break or even a yoga session, don’t pass up the opportunity. Stretching can do wonders, especially if you spend the majority of your day sitting.

4. Follow All Safety Procedures

Whether you work in the medical field, the manufacturing industry, or spend your day sitting behind a computer, safety procedures are important. Workplace safety plans are implemented in every type of industry to keep employees safe from injury. Even if you think your job is low-risk, injuries are still possible and it’s important to know what to do if you’re injured.

5. Manage Your Stress

Stress happens to everyone, even the “coolest of cucumbers” and sadly, stress is not taken as seriously as it should. Think about the last time you got stressed out at or about work. Did you catch a cold or get sick shortly after your bout with stress? Stress lowers our immune systems and can lead to major health issues, such as cardiovascular disease, if you don’t learn how to manage stress.

If you are stressed out more than you would like to admit, treat yourself to a massage or a day away from work. While regular exercise can be helpful, consider meditation or finding something that will help you disconnect from work.

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