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5 Tips for a Healthier Workday

Your Guide to a Healthy, Happy Workday

Whether it’s daily, frequently, or not-too-often, focusing on a healthier workday is an excellent way to calm your nerves.

Achieving a healthier workday doesn’t have to be time consuming or complicated, either. All you need is motivation and these 5 tips that are easy to add to any day.

1. Eat a healthy breakfast

While making and eating breakfast before work is anything but easy, a healthy breakfast is the foundation of a healthier workday.

If you’ve been struggling to eat breakfast before darting out the door, take a look at your morning routine. It may need some improvement, and here are 5 tips you can use to create a better pre-work routine.

2. Make movement a priority

Our bodies are designed to move, even when deadlines are looming and the calendar is packed with meetings. To move more during the workday, try these simple ideas:

  • Walk to a coworker’s desk instead of sending an email
  • Grab a sandwich for lunch and take a walk
  • Drink more water, which is not only good for you, but allows more movement as you head to the restroom for frequent bathroom breaks
  • Find a coworker to join you for a lunchtime workout
  • Stretch at your desk
  • For those in a dog friendly office, take your pup for a walk or offer to take a coworker’s dog out
  • Clear your head with a quick walk to clear your head, even if it’s only a short jaunt to the water cooler.

The way you sit could also be problematic. If you’ve experienced aches and pains from sitting at a desk, brush up on Ergonomics 101. You’ll learn how to create a work space that doesn’t batter your body.

3. Plan your lunch (and never skip it)

Skipping lunch can be tempting, but it’s not a healthy workday habit. Eating lunch isn’t just about getting enough calories, either. Lunch can also offer a much-needed break during a busy day, and breaks are essential for peak mental performance. Meal prep is an excellent tool you can use to make sure eating lunch is easy. For tips on meal prepping, check out our Beginner's Guide to Meal Prep.

4. Stock up on healthy snacks

Having an arsenal of healthy snacks at the office is an easy way to stick to your healthy eating goals.

If you aren’t sure which snacks to fill your desk drawers with, we’ve got you covered, read this Staying Healthy at Work: Quick, Healthy Snacks in a Time Crunch.

5. Take a moment to stare out the window

The next time you feel overwhelmed at work, take a few deep breaths and gaze at the scenery outside. Focusing on something other than your seemingly never-ending workload is a good way to calm your mind.

Breathing slowly has powerful health benefits and you can learn more about the science behind deep breathing here.