Many of us work in corporate environments that don’t always give us the flexibility to live the healthiest of lives. It’s hard to eat and drink healthily when you’ve had a long day and crave a coffee and junk food, but with these tips you might be able to change that.
Devise a mantra
Create a mantra and stick to it. Write something positive on a post-it note and remind yourself of it whenever you feel stressed or under pressure. This will help bring balance back into your working day.
Swap an afternoon coffee break for a brisk walk
Instead of filling up on caffeine in the afternoon, which could affect your sleep pattern, take a brisk walk around your office grounds. A breath of fresh air and exercise will give you the energy boost you need to get you through the remainder of the day.
Bring healthy snacks to work
Try not to give in to temptation and nip down to the cafeteria to stock up on unhealthy snacks. Bring in fruit and oatmeal bars that are high in protein to keep you fuller for longer throughout the day.
Dehydration can cause unwelcome headaches, low energy and fatigue. According to research, people should consume around half their bodyweight of water per day. So drinking a lot of water will keep your energy levels stable.
Give happy hour a miss
Alcohol consumption can intensify anxiety and fatigue. With the limited amount of time you have after work, try doing some fitness instead of going out for a drink. You could start a sports team, go for a cycle ride or find a gym buddy to work out with and then go for a healthy bite to eat afterwards.
Try one of these tips when your stress levels get too much at work. Hopefully they will make a positive impact on your working life.
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