Being an event planner is both rewarding and fulfilling. However, the job is also demanding and often stressful in the days leading up to your event. Event planning involves long hours, frequent travel and plenty of phone calls and emails. These demands can become overwhelming and negatively affect your physical and mental health if you don’t make adjustments to your work routine.
The key to a successful career and a satisfying life is balance. As an event planner, you’re always on the go, so joining a gym may not seem like a practical choice for you. However, there are plenty of things you can do to be healthier at work. Here are 10 health hacks you can pick up right to be healthier at work.
10 Hacks To Get Healthier At Work
1. Replace the morning coffee with a glass of water
While many of us are addicted to Starbucks and run on Dunkin’, coffee can actually make some of us more tired. Water is the healthier choice in any setting because it hydrates you. Since our body is made up of about 65% H2O, staying hydrated helps the millions of cells in our body perform optimally. That means that you’ll feel well rested and will be able to concentrate better. (Click to tweet).
2. Take walks during your breaks
Set a countdown clock on your phone, or use an app like Tomato Timer to let you know when it’s time for a break. According to a study by the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC), taking 10,000 steps a day can increase your fitness and energy levels and even help you lose weight. You can track your daily progress with gadgets like the Fitbit or Apple Watch to make sure you're being healthier at work.
Sitting for too long can cause organ damage, muscle degeneration and poor circulation in the legs. Standing is healthier than sitting because it helps burn a few calories and, according to the Boston Globe, even encourages us to move more. Investing in a standing desk can help you become healthier at work.
4. Bring healthy snacks to work
Junk food can undo any workout. Choosing carrot sticks over candy bars can go a long way in making you healthier at work. If you’re still craving chocolate, opt for dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa and try to limit eating milk or white chocolate that contains unhealthy additives. For a more in-depth explanation of what you should and shouldn’t be eating check out this video interview of expert nutritionist, Lyle McDonald.
5. Put inspirational photos in your office
Turn a small memo board into a vision board with photos of family friends and inspirational quotes. A board like this will help you to visualize your goals and has been proven to motivate people to make positive choices. Alternatively, you can get inspiration for your own vision board on Pinterest using the keyword search “vision board.”
6. Add greenery
Having plants in the office can make you a happier and healthier person. A simple potted plant can improve your well-being and lower your blood pressure. According to a study done by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, certain plants can even improve the air quality in your office by filtering out common volatile organic compounds. Some of these plants include: aloe vera, gerber daisies, snake plants, weeping figs, azaleas, and bamboo palms. (Click to tweet).
7. Open the blinds
Let natural light into your work space. Natural light affects our circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are the physical, mental and behavioral changes that generally occur within a 24-hour cycle. Circadian rhythms are naturally produced in our bodies, but are also affected by signals from the environment.
Light is the main environmental factor that influences circadian rhythms the most. According to a study conducted last year, workers who had more exposure to natural light had a better night’s sleep, exercised more, and reported a better quality of life. (Click to tweet).
8. Get up and stretch
Next time you feel yourself hunching over or cramping up at work, give yourself a good stretch. People who stretch every day tend to be healthier because they have increased blood flow and circulation. Stretching can be as simple as extending your arms over your head and touching your toes. There are several other stretches you can do to be healthier at work, like lunges and leg raises. Though you may have to move some furniture around to do them. See PopSugar’s top 3 desk stretches to try some basic moves that'll help you get healthier at work:
9. Stop using your neck to hold your phone
We know the phone rings a lot when you’re an event planner. Crooking your neck to hold your phone is bad. You don’t have to put your phone on speaker to give your neck a break. Next time you’re at your desk, plug earbuds into your phone so keep your phone on your desk during the call.
10. Walk or ride your bike to work.
Walking to work can deflect diabetes, help ease fibromyalgia pain and reduce the risk of stroke. If your office is not within walking distance, riding your bike is a great alternative.
Riding a bike can help you get healthier by improving your cardiovascular fitness, increase muscle tone, builds stamina, and improves heart health. Both walking and biking expose you to daylight, reduce stress levels and allow you to burn calories.
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