Sitting at a desk for long periods of time staring at the computer was not your life during the work-from-home period amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, you could take time out to walk around the neighborhood and cook food at home. Don’t worry! You can still maintain the healthy habits you developed while working from home. You just need to do a little bit of planning. Here are some healthy habits that you can follow in order to maintain your healthy habits after returning to the office.
Keep healthy snacks close by
Keep a bag of almond or kale chips near your laptop. It’s a lot easier than getting things from the office kitchen.
2. Hang out with “healthy nuts”
It’s rightly said that you eat what your friends eat, so try to be around people who unintentionally help you break your bad habits.
3. Get up and stretch often
Spend 30 minutes a day by standing at your office desk, even if it’s just to reply a few emails or get a quick to-do list done. It will definitely boost your energy. And if your office doesn’t have a place to work by standing up, then ensure that you get up and stretch at least once an hour.
4. Practice Smart Computing Habits
Staring at a computer all day can be exhausting and stress your eyes, neck, back and head. So don’t forget to take short breaks between tasks, turn your computer’s brightness down, sit up straight, use some eye drops to soothe your eyes, and occasionally change your posture.
5. Schedule a walking meeting
Take your meeting for a walk, where you can soak up the sun, stretch your muscles, and let your creativity flow.
6. Walk the stairs
Walking up or down the stairs is a very effective and quick way to get your heart rate up when you don’t have time to exercise. For instance, if you work on the 9th floor, then try walking halfway up the stairs and take the elevator only when you’re completely tired.
7. Drink a lot of water
It’s a proven fact that water equals a happy mind and body and reduces midday headaches.
8. Look out of the window
Just staring at a random tree outside your window can relieve stress and make you feel better instantly. This is a very useful and one of the easiest health tips.
9. Stop having that second (or third or fourth) cup of coffee
Instead of pushing more caffeine into your system, try replacing your afternoon coffee with decaffeinated tea or sugar-free gums.
10. Give your hands a short break
Give you hands a break. They do a lot of work for you on a daily basis. So, stretch them out, or take a moment to relax them on your legs.
Healthy habits are about balancing work and play, cookies and vegetables, sitting and standing. You don’t have to stop having fun altogether, but pay attention to how many times and how often you choose one thing over another that may be better for your overall health, mind and body.