According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, office jobs make up the single largest occupational group in the United States.
But what many people don’t realize is that office jobs can also be hazardous to your health!
Studies have linked sedentary jobs to increased rates of obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer, among other things.
But the good news is, you can help make your workplace a more health-preserving—not health harming—environment!
Here are some strategies you can put into place to help prevent your job from taking its toll on YOU:
One study has linked sitting for eight or more hours a day to obesity, high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and increased cancer risk.
But it can help to spend short periods of time standing up.
For example, you can stand up while on the phone as long as you don’t need to use your computer or take notes.
There are reasonably-priced “stand-up desks” which can raise your computer up so you can work standing up for a while, then it can be easily lowered when you want to sit back down.
Have healthy snacks
The office can be a place where you are tempted by the vending machines or coffee bar, especially when you’ve been working long hours.
Prevent the temptation to indulge in soda, coffee, chips or other unhealthy foods by having healthy options around. See if your office mates want to pitch in and have a supply of good-for-you snacks in the kitchen or break room.
In my office break room, we always have fresh fruit, nuts, a vegetable tray and filtered water.
Many people work through an illness because they don’t want to lose productivity, but if you have a virus, are running a fever, vomiting or have diarrhea, please stay home, even if it’s just for one day.
First of all, if you’re sick, there is no way you will be as productive as you normally are.
Secondly, by dragging yourself to work you may be worsening your illness which will also prolong your decreased productivity.
Plus you run the risk of getting your co-workers sick and affecting their productivity too!
The rest will do you good, and will likely help you recover faster.
Fight the effects of stress
According to a recent survey, approximately 80 percent of Americans are under stress at their jobs.
Stress can take its toll on your health in several ways:
- It can trigger attacks of digestive conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease and colitis, as well as painful conditions such as migraine or fibromyalgia
- It weakens your immune system functioning, making you more susceptible to infections, viruses and diseases
- It can lead to overconsumption of sugars and refined carbohydrates, which can lead to obesity, insulin resistance, elevated blood sugar, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes
- It can depress your thyroid functioning and exhaust your adrenal glands, leading to hormonal imbalances
So clearly, it's important to eliminate as much job stress as you can.
Here are some measures to consider:
- Don’t work through lunch. Take a lunch break even if it’s just for 15 minutes.
- Take a brief walk at lunch time.
- Delegate when you can. If a co-worker offers their help, take it.
- Take ten deep breaths at your desk every hour.
- If the stress becomes overwhelming, seek any available services through an employee assistance program, or see a therapist.
It’s also essential to give your body the help it needs to counteract the physical effects of stress.
Here are 3 measures you can try:
1- Have a healthy diet and encourage good digestion
A healthy diet and efficient digestion are essential for absorbing the nutrients you need, and when you’re under stress your body uses up nutrients faster.
In the Great Taste No Pain system, I explain ALL the health dangers of the typical modern diet, show you how to structure delicious nutritious meals that are much easier for your system to break down and even give you a collection of scrumptious recipes to try.
2- Balance your gut flora
Stress can throw off your intestinal flora balance, and since this is where 70 percent of your immune system resides, it’s crucial to make sure you have a healthy population of friendly microbes.
Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula can help with this important task.
Super Shield gives provides a helpful dose of 13 strains of beneficial bacteria that will encourage a healthier flora balance and support sound immune function.
3- Give your body special nutritional support against stress
Like I mentioned above, stress can lead to overtaxing of your adrenal glands and eventually hormonal imbalances.
So it’s vital to support the health of your adrenal glands to help minimize the harm that stress can cause.
Dr. Salerno’s Adrenal Factor is the ticket here.
Adrenal Factor contains a unique, effective blend of adrenal-supportive vitamins (including the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, as well as various B vitamins) plus herbal extracts that encourage normal adrenal function and help your body with the fight against stress.
Do what you can to make your workplace and your job a healthier environment. You will reap the benefits and hopefully inspire your co-workers to do the same!