7 simple steps to build healthy habits at works and maintain an active mind and body. For most of us, we spend a lot of time in the office, sitting at a desk, and we can get so swept up in what we are doing that we forget to look after ourselves.Here are a few handy tips to build healthy habits for an active mind and body.
1. Get up and get water
It is so easy to forget to drink water (I am guilty of this!), try keeping a drink bottle on your desk as a visual reminder to hydrate and by only having a smaller bottle, it will encourage you to get up and walk several times throughout the day. Remember, a lack of water can cause dehydration which can make it really difficult to concentrate – the experts say to aim for 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water a day.
2. Have walking meetings
Why not suggest to your team a walking meeting. This can be around the office or at a nearby park, it is a great way to increase concentration, limit distractions, release tension in the body and most importantly getting the blood flowing - you may even reach your step count goal!
3. Meditate in a meeting room
Meeting rooms don’t have to just be for meetings, book in 10 minutes during your day and meditate. It will reset your mind, allow you to relax and decrease your stress levels. Try finding a room that you can turn off the lights and you won’t be disturbed. Don’t know how to meditate? No worries there are heaps of apps that can help you – my favourite is Insight Timer (app).
4. Clean your desk at the end of the day
There is no better way to finish the day then reorganising your desk. Take some time to address your loose paperwork, clear the empty coffee cups, return the highlighter your stole off your colleagues desk and set yourself up for success for the next day. If you want to go a step further, youtube Marie Kondo – she is the organising Queen!
5. Get a plant
There is something about having an element of nature in your workspace that can have a real calming effect. Having the responsibility to tend to the plant (watering, grooming, weeding etc) allows a break in your day and creates a sense of pride. Not much of a green thumb? There is always the humble cactus as a starting point.
6. Take the stairs
We all know the short-cuts around the office, but why not stretch the legs by taking the stairs. By stepping away from your desk and walking the stairs, you are not only encouraging blood flow, you are allowing yourself to have a mental break and clear you head. (Not to mention the power you have saved by avoiding the lift!)
I know it probably sounds a little silly, but doing a few simple stretches at your desk can be just what you need to regain focus, and why not do it as a team?! Allocate a day for each team member to share a stretch and keep each other accountable. Need inspiration or tips? Lucie Roux, Physiotherapist at Bupa UK has posted some great ones here.