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4 Ways you need to look after your health at work

While we should all strive to be the best that we can be in the world of work, you must also ensure that you take care of your own health, safety and wellbeing.

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Professionalism is extremely important. Your dedication to your job, impeccable work ethic, your commitment to going above and beyond the call of duty and your ability to think remain positive and productive, no matter what the day throws at you are just a few of the reasons why you are a credit to your employer.

But while we should all strive to be the best that we can be in the world of work, you must also ensure that you take care of your own health, safety and wellbeing. Because if you don’t who else will?

Safeguard against stress

A little stress is perfectly fine. A little stress can be a great motivator, drive accomplishment and keep us alert and on our toes. However, when it is faced day in, day out it becomes chronic stress. Chronic stress can affect our health in a wide array of different ways. None of them are good. Left unchecked it can prove ruinous to both our mental and physical health including but not limited to;

  • Decreasing immune function and increasing risk of illness
  • Increasing risk of heart disease, hypertension and type 2 diabetes
  • Damaging relationships with mood swings, emotional volatility, loss of libido and / or erectile dysfunction
  • Accelerating the aging process
  • Facilitating weight gain and unhealthy eating patterns

As such, it’s up to you to take whatever steps you can to avoid stress. Starting your day with a  trip to the gym, going for a walk on your lunch break or taking 5 minutes out of your work day to meditate are all great ways to relieve stress every day.

Stay safe, stay vigilant

Even though the workplace has an infrastructure of health and safety policy to protect employees, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t incumbent upon us all to be vigilant. Workplace injuries can lead to long term disability. While a good attorney at https://www.longtermdisabilitylawyer.com/ can help you to get what you are owed should you need to make a claim for long term disability insurance we must all do our bit to ensure a safe workplace. This means being careful, adhering to the workplace’s safety standards and reporting anything or anyone we see which may not be conducive to a safe workplace.

Eat right at work and beyond

You are what you eat, and eating right not just at work but at home plays an enormous part in your health and therefore your productivity and efficacy at work. While packing a healthy and wholesome lunch is important, so too is partaking in a healthy and nutritious breakfast before you set off to work. The trouble is that most people load their breakfasts with carbs in the morning, especially refined carbs (i.e. sugar) and forego proteins and fats. This leads their blood sugar to come crashing down half way between the start of the work day and lunch time and makes the unhealthy snacks in the vending machine that much more appealing.

You won’t take this sitting down!

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Believe it or not, sitting for long periods of time has a disastrous effect on our health. At best it can impede digestive function and facilitate weight gain, at worst it can increase our risk of heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers. Thus, it’s recommended that you take a break and get away from your desk every 30 minutes, even if it’s just to grab a glass of water.

Stay safe, stay happy and smash your goals at work, dear reader.

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