1/5 employees report feeling extremely stressed, mostly due to work or finances. Health and wellness expert Clara Masters reveals 10 simple workplace wellness tips you can use to bring some joy to your 9 to 5 – which will help to boost your well-being and happiness.
Even those who love their jobs will admit that the office can sometimes get a little dull.
Research by staffing agency Robert Half shows that the average employee is bored for 10.5 hours per week.
If this sounds familiar, it’s time to learn how to keep yourself engaged and motivated at work.
Here are a few simple ideas with the power to transform your day.
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Boost your health and well-being with these simple workplace wellness tips and tricks
1. Take three minutes to be grateful
True, sometimes you may not find yourself in the best mindset to take on a day at work, but try to adopt a broader perspective.
Build an attitude of gratitude by thinking about the aspects of work you do enjoy, or by appreciating your workplace culture or the colleagues you work closely with.
And be thankful that you have a home, food to eat, and a job that helps cover your expenses.
2. Stick up some inspiring pictures
A bare, boring workspace won’t inspire you into action.
Customize your desk with motivational posters, pictures of your loved ones, or a scene that makes you feel calm and measured.
It’s your workspace, so make it yours!
3. Keep a massager to hand
A quick massage relieves tension, and can form part of a self-care routine. There are many portable options available, making massages a perfect drug-free remedy for work stress.
For example, you could stash a head massager in your desk drawer and use it when you feel overwhelmed.
4. Set a smile goal
A good mood is contagious. When you make a special effort to smile at others, they will smile back!
Challenge yourself to smile at three people the next time you feel disengaged at work.
Give sincere compliments. Everyone likes to feel appreciated, and it will make you feel good too.
5. Drink plenty of water
Drinking water may not be especially exciting, but staying hydrated will keep you focused.
Even mild dehydration causes low moods and impairs productivity, so try to get through a couple of liters every day.
6. Try diffusing essential oils
The American College of Healthcare Sciences recommends rosemary, bergamot, geranium, clove, and lemongrass oils for the office. They improve concentration, elevate mood, and promote better memory function.
However, some people are allergic to oils, so always check with your colleagues before using them.
7. Buy a plant
Plants and flowers are soothing, visually appealing, and inspire a sense of well-being.
Place a couple on your desk, and position larger plants around the workplace for everyone to enjoy.
8. Share a joke with a colleague
Laughter and social connections are immensely beneficial for emotional well-being.
Why not send a light-hearted meme or article to a co-worker who needs cheering up?
Just remember that some forms of humor are not appropriate for the workplace, so keep it G-rated. Never send jokes that violate the office code of conduct.
9. Take a minute to be mindful
Worrying about the future or ruminating on past mistakes will drag you down. Instead, focus your energy on the present.
Mindfulness exercises are the perfect way to refresh your mind and de-stress. Try an app like Headspace to get started.
10. Take every opportunity to move
Movement triggers your body to release endorphins, which improve your mood. Get creative and come up with new ways to incorporate movement into your day.
For example, you could aim to take a 20-minute walk every day at lunchtime. When you answer a phone call, stand up and walk around your desk. Or if you need to talk to a colleague, suggest a walking meeting.
These workplace wellness ideas will help you make the most of every day, even when you’re feeling uninspired.
Start by making just one or two changes, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results.
Meet the author
I am an entrepreneur and content marketer. In a former life, as a corporate business executive, I relied on yoga, reflexology and other alternative practices to fight stress, anxiety and find balance. Now, at Massageaholic.com, I’m on a mission to bring massage therapy closer to those who want to live a balanced, healthy life, connecting body, mind and spirit.
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