As with a lot of people it often takes a health scare to be a wake up call about your personal health. Lets face it you need to be healthy to be able to function well at work.
In my situation I had no idea my blood sugars were out of control. After a 4 night stay in hospital, being diagnosed with a chronic health condition and information overload to manage it, I’m now kicking myself that I didn’t take better care of myself.
To perform at your best in the workplace you really need to look after yourselves so here’s some of the basic healthy habits I urge you to think about to make sure you get and stay healthy. Especially with winter well on its way.
- Get regular checkups – Make sure you visit your doctor and get your blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure checked.
- Eat small meals regularly – Make sure you eat regularly including healthy snacks between meals to keep your sugar levels from spiking
- Avoid the high sugar, high fat foods they wont help your waistline or your health.
- Reduce your stress – Your mental health is just as important so find your own way to manage stress whether it be exercise, yoga, meditation or tai chi.
- If you smoke… QUIT– Go get some fresh air rather than a cigarette full of toxins
- Make time for exercise – it lowers blood sugar levels and helps reduce the amount of cortisol the stress hormone in your system. Consider going for a walking and talk meeting rather than sitting in a closed in meeting room
- Get plenty of Vitamin D – Spend 20-30 minutes a day in the morning or late afternoon sun.
- Stay hydrated – drinking lots of water is essential for many bodily functions including flushing away toxins
- Get the flu shot – It only costs about $15 and can prevent you from taking sick days or passing on any bugs to anyone else. Many organisations provide flu shots for employees so why not ask your Human Resources about it
- Getting a good nights sleep can make the biggest difference to how you feel during the day; try to get 6-8 hours a night
Our health is so important, so don’t take it for granted.
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