by Jennifer McGregor
Whether you work at home or in an office setting, it’s important to stay on top of your health and wellness goals. Investing a little time and energy in those areas can mean more time and energy in the long run! For some simple health strategies that can help you to feel your best from head to toe, read on.
1. Make a Nutritious Breakfast
Not everyone agrees that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but many health experts do believe that a morning meal boosts our concentration and memory, and helps to build the energy we need to take on the day ahead. However, Insider explains some breakfast foods may do more harm than good—especially if they’re filled with sugar, sodium, and trans fats.
If you’re looking for a few healthy breakfast recipes to try, several easy and nutritious options include sliced avocado on whole grain bread, smoothie bowls, and a cooked sweet potato topped with nut butter and trail mix. Alternatively, overnight oats and chia seed pudding can be prepared and refrigerated in the evening.
2. Squeeze in Exercise Whenever You Can
According to Harvard Health Publishing, the potential dangers of prolonged sitting are vast. For instance, it can increase your risk of developing diabetes, deep-vein thrombosis, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and even obesity. Plus, excess sitting may lead to chronic body pain, tight muscles and stiff joints.
If your job requires you to work at a computer all day, there are a few things you can do to combat some of the negative effects of sitting. For example, you can modify your workstation so that you’re spending part of the day standing rather than sitting. Healthier workstation setups may include standing desks, chairs with adjustable seat heights, treadmill desks, and under-desk ellipticals (Walmart has models for under $50).
You don’t have to spend hours at the gym to burn some calories. Simply avoiding elevators and escalators and using the stairs is a great way to get in some extra steps. Instead of your usual spot, park farther away at work. A 10-minute walk each day is an easy way to get moving in the morning.
3. Bring the Outside Into Your Home
Working around plants may improve work performance, lower stress levels, and reduce neuropsychological symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and concentration issues. Additionally, exposure to plants in the workplace appears to lessen mucous membrane symptoms such as coughing and dry throat.
Whether you work at home or in an office, you can experience these health benefits for yourself by surrounding yourself with a variety of indoor plants. The best plants for offices include selections like spider plants, snake plants, parlor palms, and devil’s ivy. Choose a few that you like the look of and that will thrive in your workplace growing conditions.
Some indoor plants like English ivy, palms, and peace lilies can suppress mold, which can also improve your home’s air quality. Not only will you breathe better, but you can avoid the expense of having to bring in a mold remediation service (removing mold can cost up to $6,300 in NYC.
4. Reflect on Your Day
Some experts believe that daily reflection can lead to happier, more fulfilling lives—especially if you take the time to think about motives, beliefs, and the things that make you happiest in life. Plus, reflecting on each day can increase self-awareness and help you to make changes in your life—whether you’re unhappy with your career, personal relationships, or your current state of health.
If you’re looking to incorporate self-reflection into your everyday life, try following a guided meditation, writing in a journal, taking a quiet walk to reflect on your day, or working with a therapist.
While things like eating a nutritious breakfast, modifying your workstation, surrounding yourself with plants, and reflecting on your day may not seem that important, these simple strategies have the power to improve your physical and mental health over time. Incorporate these four health strategies into your daily routine. You can feel happier, healthier, and more productive as a result.