While many of us support that old saying, “Health is Wealth,” most of us will not do everything within our power to enjoy optimal health. This is especially true of business people who will often say they are “too busy” to think about their health much less take a day off to rest. So instead they forego nutritious lunches, remain sedentary at their desks, and come to the office despite showing symptoms of illness. I can confidently say that this manner of thinking is wrong.
Staying healthy at work requires slight lifestyle modifications but is ultimately worth it. Here are (3) three things you can do immediately:
Most business owners operate at warp speed, and lunch is seen as more of an interruption than something that is vital to health, stamina, and wellbeing. One of the easiest and best ways to stay healthy is to eat a well-balanced diet complete with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. Admittedly this may require a bit of pre-planning and preparation, especially if you take your lunch from home. Keep healthy “nibbles” at your desk such as nuts, fruits, and raisins so that if you have the urge to snack you don’t find yourself grabbing for things that are too sugary, salty or filled with empty calories. Take the time for lunch and try to not eat while working at your desk. Even a 15-minute break from work to eat and enjoy your meal is beneficial.
Sitting at your desk for hours at a time is detrimental to your health. Make it a point to get up, stretch, and walk around for 5 to 10 minutes each hour. Drink water, go outside and get fresh air, and use the time to clear your head. The brief respite will not only help your body to feel less lethargic, it will also help to minimize any stress that has been building up throughout the day. As busy as you may be, the break will enable you to be more productive when you return to your desk.
Sick employees should stay at home from work, period. Still, many business people force themselves or their employees to go into the office regardless of how they feel. This is not good for the individual nor the group. Try to maintain your distance from coworkers who are ill and make certain to wash your hands frequently throughout the day. You don’t have to be germophobic – this is good common sense!
(By the way, if you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit Tokyo, you’ll see people of all ages wearing facemasks. In the Japanese culture, people are extremely considerate of others and wear a mask if they feel ill or have allergies that cause them to sneeze or cough. Perhaps you can have an assortment of masks in the supply closet!)
While these actions are not a guarantee that you won’t get sick, they will certainly help you to stay strong and be less susceptible to germs in the workplace. Isn’t it worth a few extra minutes each day to stay healthy?
For further discussion or comments, please contact Gail L. Trugman Nikol, President Unique Business Solutions, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (516) 935-5641.