We are increasingly witnessing the rise of a health and wellness-obsessed generation. Millennials are swapping Friday night cocktails for kombucha, hen parties are opting for nightclub-style spin sessions and Instgramming your morning chia smoothie bowl seems normal.
We all want to be our best and succeed at work and wellbeing plays a huge part in achieving that goal. In an increasingly lazy society, it has never been more important to prioritise health and achieve the right balance at work. Shan Sawjani looks into the issue further.
- Fill your drawer with healthy snacks
You’re sitting at your desk all day with a deadline fast approaching. You want to scream but of course you can’t possibly do that in a civilised office. So instead you reach for that extra biscuit hoping it will somehow make things better. Before you know it, you’re eating triple the number of unhealthy snacks just out of habit. Filling your drawer with a range of healthy options can help steer you away from snacking on sugar filled items. Next time you face stress cravings at work, take a snack from your ‘health’ drawer and see if you are still in need of that Nutella-filled doughnut. Opting for a slow energy releasing alternatives will help fuel you for your work tasks.
- Ditch the coffee
As much as we want to believe it helps, coffee can increase stress as it raises blood pressure and adrenaline levels. Caffeine also increases catecholamines, your stress hormones, making tough days at work even tougher. Long term productivity can be damaged due to the long-lasting effects of coffee and its negative impact on sleep patterns. But how does one stay energised and awake at work? The solution is simple. Swapping your coffee for a concoction of hot water, fresh lemon, honey, ginger, turmeric and apple cider vinegar works wonders for your energy levels. The drink creates a powerful boost of antioxidants, instantly awakens the nervous system and helps aid digestion. You can also save you around £60 a month, based on the cost of a daily coffee.
- Get movin’
When sitting for extended periods of time, the back naturally hunches, the neck protrudes forward and the eyes strain causing the spine to be out of alignment. This results in blood flowing around the body at a slower rate leading to a higher risk of fatty acids clogging the heart. Set recurring reminders every 30mins to get yourself moving – whether it’s to make a cup of tea, stretch your legs, pop out for fresh air – just move! At the FSC offices, our balcony provides the perfect opportunity for the team to grab a quick bust of fresh air without needing to leave the building.
For some exercises to help at your desk, visit https://www.fastcompany.com/3055658/5-simple-exercises-to-fix-the-damage-your-desk-job-does
- Embrace your lunch break
Not taking a break decreases performance and results in a lack of creativity. DeskTime, a productivity app which tracks people’s office habits, revealed data showing those with the highest productivity levels were people who took 17-minute breaks for every 52 minutes of work. The evidence emphasises that during their break, they did not check social media or reply to emails. Other studies show the brain is not designed to concentrate on a task for more than 90-120 minutes at a time. A common assumption is that staying at your desk gives more time to get work done. This is actually counter-productive as the lack of break leads to poor productivity and concentration. If that wasn’t enough to motivate you, a further study reveals that being sat for long periods of time can lead to earlier death. Yikes. Ultimately enjoying your lunch break allows you to feel more positively towards work and increases happiness.
- A glass an hour
Water helps ward off headaches from staring at screens and can help combat fatigue. Not drinking enough water leads to lack of concentration, poor performance and effects short term memory. Water allows the brain to be refreshed and function clearly. My advice is to keep a glass at your desk and set silent hourly reminders that will pop up on your phone to finish that glass before the next refill, alternatively you can purchase water bottles with timing reminders and flavour infusers.
Here at FSC, we’re making an effort to follow these top 5 tips and boosting our productivity!