5 Wellness Tips For The Workplace
Can you remember back that far?
Well, if you can, it was the year a fairly famous woman penned a fairly famous song about fulltime jobs. Incredibly, she did this without any firsthand experience of the office environment herself, let alone the commute; what an amazing talent.
The song was called ‘9 to 5’. This was largely because ‘8:30 to 5’ or even ‘8 to 4:30’ failed to gel as a chorus.
‘9 to 5’ was written for a movie of the same name about people who were clearly clocking in at this more leisurely hour to accommodate the chorus. Perhaps they were in retail, I don’t know; my research failed to extend that far through lack of interest.
What I do know is that this song continues to be played on radio stations to this day even with the highly sarcastic and contentious line ‘What a way to make a living.’
Sure, fine in 1980! But this is hyper-sensitive, politically correct 2018 and we don’t do sarcasm or contention anymore; and certainly not without seeking at least a hundred likes while voicing our disapproval. The very least the singer/composer of this deeply hurtful song could do is return to the studio for five minutes and update it for the ages.
‘What a great way to make a living.’ It doesn’t matter if it’s not true; true is so pre-internet.
All that said, there are still some amazingly simple real world ways to make work a great way to make a living.
One: Walk out
Yes, just get up and leave! Don’t spend your lunch break scoffing down takeaways at your desk; get out of the building. Find a park and walk in it. Find a gym and workout in it.
Getting out and about refreshes your mind and body for the afternoon. Staying locked into the office vibe all day only makes you jaded and eats into your productivity.
Two: Climb when you can
Granted, there’s an elevator allowing you to go from level one to level five with nil effort, but does that mean you have to use it? Take the stairs up to your floor when you arrive; take them back down each time you leave.
Why? Stairs are your workplace walking machine and a few trips up and down each day gets your blood flowing which stimulates your brain into action. Oh, and if you keep doing it, you’ll also get fit.
Three: Drop and do 10
If you could get your upper body strong and toned without raising a sweat, would you? Then here’s the way to do it. You’re sitting there mulling over the next line in a report or email; drop and do 10 push ups. You’re waiting for a file to load; drop and do 10.
If you grab those semi-idle moments 10 times in a day, you’ve done 100 push ups and hardly even noticed it. Do that every day and your body sure will.
Four: Personalise your workspace
9 to 5 or 8:45 to 5:15 is a long time to stare at a blank wall. Stick stuff to it. Make it personal and alive with you – family photos, hobbies, heroes, anything that enlivens your workplace world and makes you feel good when you look at it.
Five: Lobby for office fitness classes
A group fitness session is a great way to get fit and boost not just your morale, but everybody else’s. Group fitness instructors and personal trainers can come to your office and put you all through your paces. It’s a great way to break the monotony and stimulate some healthy fitness competition.