Do you aim to live a healthier lifestyle in 2017? If so, try making some small changes at the office, and you just might seem some big results.
For instance, you might resolve to:
- Stand more. Sitting for too long can have a negative impact on your heart health, cognitive function and productivity. But good news: research shows that employees with sit-stand desks stand an average of 60 minutes more each day when compared to their co-workers with sitting desks—even after the novelty has worn off.
- Practice one minute (or more!) of focused breathing on a daily basis. Research shows that individuals who practice mindfulness at work experience reduced stress and greater productivity. Check out these five practical tips from Psychology Today to get started.
- Make time for lunch. Not only are there clear benefits to your overall health and wellbeing, but a change of scenery is key to inspiring creativity and innovation. Just ask Kimberly Elsbach, a University of California professor who studies workplace psychology.
- Leave work on time. You might live longer. Research shows that average 60 hours or more over three decades appear to triple the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis for women.
- Make friends with your co-workers. According to the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, employees are less likely to experience burn out and more likely to experience greater well-being when their team and organization provides them with a sense of belonging and community.