When it comes to our healthy lifestyle there can often be common things that affect us in different ways. It might be the temptation of grabbing junk food at lunch time, not preparing or feeling motivated to do things such as exercise, but have you ever considered that your career could be having a negative impact on your health? I thought I would explore some of the ways it could be and how you could do more to change it.
Is your working environment healthy?
One of the first things to consider would be if your working environment is healthy. Of course, this tends to be the responsibility of your employer, but you can help them along the way by offering up suggestions for improvements or helping them to promoting health in the workplace. Whether it is as simple as having water available, or offering time for you to go out and take regular breaks, it could make all of the difference to your working day.
Sitting down for too long
I am sure we have all been there at some point, am I right? Sat at your desk, working away, and before you know it you haven't stepped away from the computer and it is the end of the day. Sitting down for too long can have a negative impact on your health, so try and make an active point of standing once an hour for a minute. Whether that is walking to the bathroom, standing while talking on the phone or simply just getting up and walking round for a minute.
Not eating healthily at work
Your guess it, we are more likely to eat unhealthily at work. There is too much temptation to grab something of convenience rather than eating a salad you made from home. However, with a bit of preparation and advanced thought, you can nip this bad habit in the bud before it takes over.
Stress of workload
Stress can be a real common issue from work and your career, after all, the higher up the career ladder you climb, the harder it is to have an easy time of it. But, stress can also impact your health if you don’t learn some decent avoidance methods or thought provoking tools to help you deal with it. A good rule is to leave it at the door before coming home, and separating the two areas of your life. Allowing you time to relax and do the things you want to do without the worry and anxiety that stress can cause.
The mental impact from the people around you
Finally, the people around you can also have a negative impact on your mental health. Ever find that you feel you absorb the moods of others? This can happen all too frequent in an office environment especially if you work closely with your work colleagues. The best advice would be to try and not let their negative vibe impact your current thoughts and outlook.
I hope that highlighting some of these areas can help you ensure that your career is not your downfall when it comes to your healthy lifestyle.