7 Health Hacks to Use When You're Working

by Deborah A Bailey

Whether you're running a business full-time, part-time or still in the workplace (preparing for your leap into business ownership) it's easy to push yourself too hard.

There are only so many hours in the day, but we're good at stretching those hours as much as possible.

Thing is, if you burn yourself out, you won't be able to get anything done. So, here are some tips to help you to stay healthy while you work.

Relax after a long working day - sometimes when you've got a lot on your list to accomplish, you want to keep pushing even when your body (and mind) want rest. Give yourself a chance to unwind and recharge. It's hard to stay productive if you're exhausted.

Take frequent breaks - I set the timer on my phone to remind me to break away from my work. Whether it's a break for coffee/tea/water, a quick walk, meditation or whatever you like to do best. Especially if you work at a desk and sit for long periods of time, it's important to move your body and break away from your task at regular intervals.

Keep a journal - use a notebook, your mobile device or computer to jot down your thoughts and feelings at the end of the day. Some people keep gratitude journals so they can take stock of what they have and what they've accomplished. Especially if you're a creative person, writing can help to clear your mind and get the ideas flowing.

Stay hydrated - have trouble drinking your water? I do too! :) But I'm in the habit of taking a glass of water into my home office when I work (and when I'm in the workplace I do that same thing). Add lemon if you want to give it some flavor.

Take a walk - when it comes to walking, you can do it just about anywhere. Add steps to your day when and where you can, and you'll be much more refreshed.

 Keep healthy snacks handy - this is a big one! Workplace snack machines (and cafeterias) can be danger zones when you get hungry. But if you plan ahead, you can have plenty of healthy snacks on hand to reach for instead. Don't get stuck having to grab a high-sugar or high-fat snack because it's the only thing available.

Take the stairs - if you can use the stairs instead of the elevator, by all means do so. In my last workplace, I used the stairs all the time when I was coming in and leaving for the day. If you're working from home (and have stairs) use them to get some extra steps in during the day. When it comes to exercise, a little bit can go a long way.

Disclaimer: I partnered with Nuts.com to develop this post and the checklist, however, I wasn't paid for this post and the opinions are my own.

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