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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.Tweet This
Take Your Eye Health Seriously
Working at a desk all day can take its toll on your eye health. When you stare at a screen all day your eyes can start to feel tired, blurred and unfocused. It is so important to practice good habits when you’re at work. Regular screen breaks will help you to stay healthy and prevent your eyes from becoming overworked. You may also want to invest in computer glasses that have a special coating. This may help to prevent digital eye strain and relieve any symptoms you are currently struggling with.
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. If you feel that you would benefit from additional support for your mental health, click here.
Find some stretches to do at your desk, some body strength exercises that you can carry out to feeling physically fit and healthy.
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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