We’re all working longer, taking less breaks and feeling more frustrated and stressed out. This is making us feel tired and lethargic, giving us muscle aches and pains and the worst 3pm sugar cravings ever. So what’s the answer? Other than giving up your desk job and becoming a full time dog walker, we suggest trying a few of our tried-and-tested tips below to see if you can get through your working week with a little more ease.
- Let’s deskercise!
“We are made to move, not sit at a desk 12 hours a day,” says Joan Price, author of The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book. “As ergonomic as your desk or chair may be, sitting produces back pains, headaches, and listlessness. You become less productive.” With this in mind we’ve found a few simple exercises you can do quickly and easily at, or around your work area. If you’re like us and feel a little self-conscious pulling these shapes on your own, don’t worry, get some of your colleagues to join in – they’ll thank you for it when they’re feeling light, bright and limber later on in the day!
If, like us, you love a bit of yoga in the office, then there are some seated chair-based yoga stretches you can try, surf boards not absolutely essential!! Click here for the full description of each of the stretches…
- Don’t get hangry, eat smart!
Planning is key when it comes to eating healthily at work. If you can prepare your lunch either the night before or in the morning before work, you’ll not only eat a healthier lunch and have tummy-friendly snacks ready to grab when your energy levels are low, but you’ll also be sure to save £s each week!
Also, try to be more inventive with your lunches and alternate the type of food you’re eating. This will keep you from falling into that listless lunchtime rut. Alternate sandwiches, bagels, salads, sushi and wraps with warm meals you can heat up in a microwave (if you’re lucky enough to have access to one), such as jacket potatoes, pasta, noodles, rice and quinoa based meals.
Invest in a good lunchbox, there are so many to choose from with different compartments that separate your salad from your dressings from your grapes and even containers that will stop your soup or chilli from spilling out all over your favourite handbag.
- Savvy snacking
Snacks are an important way of keeping your energy levels up at work, especially around the 3pm slump! Great alternatives to crisps and chocolate are nuts, seeds, fruit (fresh and dried), yoghurt, cheese… you get the idea! Be brave and STEP AWAY FROM THE BISCUITS – we know you can do it!! These little chunks of loveliness will not only have you reaching in for another 5 minutes later, they will make you feel hungrier than you did before.
- Breaks are your friend
And finally, try to take a regular break from your screen every 50-90 minutes or switch the type of activity you’re doing (away from your screen), this includes the little screen on your phone!! These short breaks (around five minutes is a good length of time) can have several benefits, including increasing your concentration levels, work speed and alertness, lowering stress levels and any strain your working position may be having on your body. Whether you get up and take a call away from your desk, do a stretch or two or go and make everyone a cup of tea (that’s our favourite option) these will all help you from seizing up in front of your screen.
So remember; move, stretch, make, eat, snack, break and have happy, healthy, productive workdays!!
Written by Lynsey