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 moods."
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."