I recently visited a magazine office that was terribly chaotic and claustrophobic. Plastic mugs, grimy carpets †and enough paper strewn around to stretch a dozen miles. I noticed that almost everyone in there was sniffling or coughing.
Not a happy image.
Since we spend up to 40 hours a week in the office space, I thought of sharing some easy ideas to help you stay healthy and active while you’re there.
- Don’t skip lunch. In fact, try to eat a light but nourishing lunch all five days of the week. According to Ayurvedic healers, lunch should be your most important meal of the day, since your digestive energy is at its peak during the afternoon.
- Try not to eat at your deskónumerous studies show that hidden bacteria lurk on desktops. Besides, paying attention to what you eat helps you eat less and digest your food better.
- Donít share glasses, cups and bowls, even with your close colleagues. Office utensils are notorious for their infection-causing potential.
- Clean your mouse and keypad regularly.
- Say goodbye to the soda machines. Drink fair-trade organic coffee and tea.
- Drink water from a real cup and use filtered, not bottled water. Good for the environment, too.
- Keep beautiful objects in sight: a nature painting or poem, a small gift from a loved one, perhaps pebbles picked from the seashore…they have a way of relaxing frayed nerves.
- Schedule a collective time to step out for a walk in the fresh air. Besides giving you a workout, this also helps improve memory and productivity.
- Use recycled paper, and copy on both sides of it. Better still, use as little paper as you can.
- Keep healthy snacks and munchies in small bags handy. Dark chocolate, almonds, raisins, †and fresh fruit are not only delicious but also boost your immune system.