10 Tips to Improve Your Health at Work
Avoid those snacks, take a walk during lunch, and clean that keyboard, and you're on your way to a healthier workday.
6. Eyestrain is another problem that can be encountered in
front of a computer. It can cause headaches, difficulty focusing, and increased
sensitivity to light, according to the University of California at Davis.
To prevent eyestrain, Hedge tells WebMD, "The distance to
the screen from your eyes should be about an arms length away. You should also
be able to comfortably read what's on your screen at that distance, without
having to squint."
If you can't read your screen from an arm's length away, simply
increase the font size on your computer.
7. A healthy tip that all of us want to hear is that vacations
are an important part of staying healthy at work.
"It's very beneficial to get away for a long vacation that
will help you recharge your 'batteries,'" says Jonathan Kramer, a clinical
psychologist and president of Business Psychology Consulting. "Vacations
help reduce stress and get your mind off work, especially if you're having a
conflict, such as a problem with your boss, a co-worker, or a project."
Stress can impair your immune system, increasing the risk of
illness, explains Kramer, so minimizing it is essential -- and fortunately,
vacations are just the way to do that.
8. Another way to stay healthy at work is to avoid long
stretches of long days.
"Occasionally, people focus on the task at hand and getting
a project done, and they aren't aware of the impact it's having on their
health," says Kramer. "They may not be aware of it until the stress is
at a really high level, and it's affecting their relationships and their
This, explains Kramer, is another type of stress, commonly
referred to as burnout. Burnout can also impair a person's immune system, as
well as interfere with sleep and his or her ability to concentrate.
9. Your keyboard, mouse, and phone can harbor thousands of
germs that are just waiting to make you sick. So get out the disinfectant.
According to Science Daily, researchers at the 100th
General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology reported, "We know
that viruses can survive (remain infectious) for hours to days on a hard
surface ... if a virus such as the rotavirus (a diarrheal virus) were on the
surface of a telephone receiver, infectious doses could easily be transferred
to persons using the telephone."