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Three Ways to Stay Healthy at Work

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When you do finally land your dream job, it can be tempting to throw absolutely everything you’ve got into it, particularly if it’s been a long time coming.

But while you want to make your best impression and prove that you’ve got what it takes to make that job a huge success, this mustn’t ever come at the expense of your mental or physical health. In the article, we take a look at three practical steps you can take to stay healthy at work.

When you do finally land your dream job, it can be tempting to throw absolutely everything you’ve got into it, particularly if it’s been a long time coming.

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Practise Good Desk Hygiene

Been working through lunch again, eating at your desk? Those greasy fingerprints on your keyboard and the crumbs lost down between your keys need dealing with. Grab hold of some antiseptic keyboard wipes and give your workstation a thorough clean at least once a week. Your clean desk will not only look better it won’t attract further build-up and the little bugs that like to live inside messy keyboards.

In the same token don’t let your coffee mug collection build-up but instead, wash and put away to maintain your hygiene standards.

It’s also worth giving the receiver of your telephone a wipe down every now and again, particularly if you have been ill recently and don’t want to pick up a virus again.

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Get a Fitbit

Or another device that allows you to track your movements. You may not be able to fit in 10,000 steps in one day but if you haven’t moved for a while your device will probably remind you it’s time to take a screen break and move around a bit. Good for your physical health or course, but also a necessity when it comes to your mental health and your concentration too.

Find some stretches to do at your desk, some body strength exercises that you can carry out to feeling physically fit and healthy.

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Admit You Need to Take a Day

Everyone gets ill, everyone needs to take a day off once in a while. Pushing through making yourself feel worse and churning out lower quality work does not do anyone any favours.

Take up the offer of workplace flu vaccinations if they’re given but if you do succumb to the flu or even a heavy cold your co-workers will thank you for staying away and not passing on your germs.

Take responsibility for your health and the health of others and take a day or two to rest and come back fighting fit.

Getting ill at work is an inevitability but you can take some steps to make it as infrequent as possible. Be sure to keep your workstation free from old food and coffee cups, wiping down your equipment frequently and having some hand sanitiser on standby. 

Look after your mental and physical health by incorporating some movement into your day and when you are ill, stay away and maintain good relationships with your co-workers by not spreading your germs around. Stay fit and healthy and at the top of your game.

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