We live in a career-oriented century. People define themselves through what they do. We tie our identity to our work that when we talk about ourselves or other people, we usually use job titles more than any other reference point. And this culture has made us workaholic to the point of being obsessed with conferences, closing deals with clients, and comfortable office chairs. We rarely think about our health.
It’s no wonder why one of the most common workplace injuries is back and neck pain. The sedentary routine of sitting at a desk for eight hours or more has transformed us into modern-day cavemen with hunched backs, curved necks, and baggy eyes. But in the face of a lot of work that needs to be done, our health should be negotiable, right?
Wrong. Forgetting to take care of ourselves is also bad for our productivity and our overall work life.
Here are tips you can follow for a work-health balance:
1. Move Your Body
Exercise has a lot of benefits aside from losing or maintaining weight. It’s a good way to lift your energy levels especially when work becomes monotonous and tiring. It’s not a bad idea to get a pilates exercise chair at home to do some stretches every morning or at the end of the day. It strengthens your back, and helps relieve it of any pain.
2. Ditch Fast Food, Stick With Carbs
Work can be fast-paced. The morning rush leaves little time to cook a proper breakfast. Driving by Mcdonald’s to get a burger to eat on the way to work is probably tempting, but resist it, because it will give you little energy to use throughout the day. Oatmeal is a healthy alternative. After all, it doesn’t take much time to put hot water on a bowl of oats. Also, eating an apple with it will give you an energy boost in the morning, so why not give it a try?
3. Recover with Rest
Especially in the peak seasons of business, overtime is inevitable and restless days are paired with sleepless nights. Remember to delegate work efficiently across a team and don’t overwork yourself. Without enough sleep, it’s more difficult for your body to recover from the stress. You will likely experience fatigue and body pain, even if you haven’t been moving around. If you must stay awake all night, try to compensate with micronaps in the day in between work.
4. Sit Up Straight
Slouching not only makes you look unprofessional (especially when you’re eyeing a promotion, the little details count), it also makes it easier for you to feel tired. It’s the reason your back is hurting by the end of the day. It strains your muscles and stresses your spine. Make an effort to build good posture habits. But you have to look for the right chair as a partner. Why? Because a poorly designed chair encourages you to slouch. Replace it with an office chair for better posture. Choose a chair that doesn’t give you the typical lumbar support, but instead, gives you both midback and pelvic support. The best ones are designed to help sustain the natural slightly ‘S’ shape of your spine.
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