Is It Time for a Healthy Office Makeover?

By Megan Morrow
Published February 10, 2020

Working in an office may support your bank accounts, but it might not always be the best thing for your health. You have likely heard the reports about how sitting can take years off your life while indoor air quality can be even worse than outdoor air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Not to mention the fact that commuting, dining out and work-related stress can all take a toll on your mental, physical and emotional health.

If your home or work office could benefit from a health-focused makeover, consider the following four tips for freshening up your work space:

  1. Breathe better air. If your office has poor ventilation or you tend to feel congested while at work, you could likely benefit from an air purifier that removes allergens and pollutants from the air you are breathing. Even better, take a few minutes each day to breathe deeply to clear your mind and reduce stress.
  2. De-clutter. A cluttered desk can contribute to a cluttered mind. Interestingly, it can also contribute to less-than-healthy choices: A University of Minnesota study revealed that workers opt for healthier snacks when they work in an orderly setting. Determine the best organization system for your work style and take a few minutes each day or week to clear out some of the clutter.
  3. Adjust your set up. Slouching can contribute to back and neck pain, as well as digestive and circulatory issues. Make sure your computer monitor is at the right height and that your feet comfortably reach the floor when you are sitting. Some people prefer standing or treadmill desks to reduce the hours they spend sitting. A few stretches can also help prevent repetitive stretch injuries.
  4. Add some personality. When your office looks and feels like a representation of who you truly are, you will be more likely to enjoy the time you spend there. Add some art prints or family photos, a pop of your favorite color or books that inspire you. Updating your space can be simple and affordable while still creating a comfortable, productive and healthy place to spend your 9 to 5.

Other healthy office makeover updates can focus on reducing ambient noise or playing music that you love, taking regular movement breaks and stocking your desk drawers with healthier snack options. A healthy office should incorporate elements that make you feel good inside and out, so that you can give your best to each project you tackle.

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