You experience it every day, but it’s possible that you don’t really know a lot about it: wellness at work. It’s not just about practicing good posture at your desk and eating the fruit your office provides. It also involves a lot of other things: did you know that in some countries there are actual guidelines regarding the amount of light allowed in an office space?
The influence of light
Just like too much (or even too little) daylight can cause your eyes to become overtired, too much artificial light is also not good for you. Maybe you’ve noticed, for example, that your eyes feel pinched while looking at your screen or that your head starts hurting after a number of hours at the office. These could actually be clues that the light in your office space is not what it should be.
Dry air, damp air
Have you thought about the air that surrounds you the entire day at work? Dry air is bad for your eyes, while air with a high percentage of moisture doesn’t exactly promote good health. This, in combination with outside temperature, has a big impact. According to a study conducted by the University of Twente, higher temperatures cause more dust in the air, which can lead to more skin and eye irritations.
Smell good, work better
But that’s not all. The scent of the air can also influence how you feel at work. You’re probably already familiar with aromatherapy, where conditions are treated with the help of certain fragrances. It can also have positive effects in the workplace: a specific scent has the power to make you feel better in your own skin and also at your desk. Who doesn’t want that?
A green office
And now about the quality of air: take a good look around—or better yet—take a stroll through your office. How many plants can you count? Plants are essential to purifying the air of any space. At home we have them everywhere, but some offices can definitely stand to go greener.
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Shift how you sit
Of course, it’s also about the way you sit at work. There’s all kinds of standards and tips, but it’s very important that you’re sitting comfortably. The best advice is to shift the way you sit a few times per day, to avoid muscle pain, stiff limbs—or even worse—a “work injury.” Want to ensure that your body is in a relaxed state once you’re done with work? Watch our exclusive video featuring the ideal after work yoga routine.
Less coffee, more tea
It is probably the most obvious tip there is, but even when you’re sitting still the entire day, it’s still important to drink enough. A cup of coffee with a lot of sugar and milk is tempting, but it’s not exactly hydrating. Instead, choose tea or water at the office. These two alternatives also have fewer calories, meaning you just might be able to skip that intense, after office hours workout now and again.
Don’t forget mini-breaks
We’re not talking about a trip to the cafeteria for a snack, but little tasks that take you outside. Running a few quick errands or taking a simple walk, for example. As long as you’re outside and breathing in some fresh air, you’ll be healthier and more alert at work.
Close your eyes
Meditating can also work wonders in the workplace, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Close your eyes, breathe in deeply and then exhale. You’ll notice a lightness overtaking your whole body. Need help? Check out the many meditation exercises we’ve designed for you.
Do you have the impression that you’re not physically comfortable at work? Or are you just curious if you can improve upon how you feel? Try one of these tips and you’ll be sitting pretty for sure.