Between vacations and patio beers, summer isn’t necessarily the healthiest season for many of us. As we settle into a new fall season, there’s no time like the present to get back on track and establish some healthy habits. Here are 5 simple things to do everyday to make your workday a little healthier.
- Pack your lunch
Packing a lunch everyday undoubtedly takes time and a fair bit of planning, but it’s an incredibly important habit to build. Not only can you make sure you’re getting nutritious meals with packed lunches, but you’ll save money as well. Be sure to pack a filling lunch along with a bag of fruits and veggies to snack on throughout the day.
- Don’t eat at your desk
If you work an office job, eating at your desk can be very tempting, but try to use this as an opportunity to relax, take a break from work, and spend time with your coworkers. When we don’t focus on our food but instead eat while doing other activities, our bodies don’t digest our meals as well. This is especially the case if you’re doing something remotely stressful while eating. For better digestion and absorption of nutrients, take the time to disconnect from work and focus on what you’re eating.
Once again, this is more of a struggle for those with desk jobs. Regular movement is incredibly important, but easy to neglect. Consider investing in a step tracker, take walks during your lunch break, or set alarms on your phone and go for a quick 1-2 minute walk around the office every couple hours.
- Drink a lot of water
Most of us aren’t getting enough water, so challenge yourself to drink more throughout the day. Consider buying a 2 litre water bottle or fill up a 2 litre pop bottle with water and try to finish the entire thing before you go home.
Many of us are unaware of just how much stress we experience at work. And remember, just because you’re used to experiencing stress, does not mean it’s not impacting you in a serious way. When we’re stressed, our bodies release a hormone called cortisol. While this is a perfectly healthy process, if we let too much cortisol build up (which many of us do), overtime this disrupts our brain’s ability to function properly. Deep breathing is a simple way to reduce cortisol levels at any given time. Every couple hours, take a minute to take 5 deep breaths.
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