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6 Unhealthy Work Habits You Didn't Realize You Were Doing
2/19/2016


When you imagine "healthy habits," you probably think of someone working out at a fitness center followed by drinking an organic smoothie. But healthy habits can be incorporated into your daily life with just a few simple adjustments.

People make unhealthy choices at work all day long without noticing. They may be small, simple choices, but they add up quickly. Check out these 6 unhealthy work habits you didn't even realize you doing:

1. Messy desk
In terms of cleanliness, an unkempt desk can be a playground for germs. Computer mice, track pads and keyboards can contain more germs than a toilet. Be sure to sanitize your work space at least once a month and additionally if you or a work neighbor has come down with a spreadable illness. In terms of organization, a messy desk does not foster an effective work environment and can lead to stress. Learn how to organize your desk for maximum productivity.

2. Poor posture
Stop slouching-we've all heard it a hundred times. This is one instance that all of that nagging could actually come in handy. Of course improper posture is bad for your back, but did you know that it can also cause other negative effects such as sore muscles, blood vessel constriction, and nerve constriction. The Mayo Clinic has great advice on office ergonomics such as using a headset while talking on the phone to avoid neck aches from cradling the phone between your head and shoulder.

3. Staying still
You may have heard the new buzz phrase "sitting is the new smoking." It's been found that we sit an average of 9.3 hours a day-more than the 7.7 hours we spend sleeping! Combat your stationary day by suggesting walking meetings; if it's a one on one meeting that doesn't require the use of a computer or papers, suggest walking and talking. Another easy way get active is to spend two minutes every hour moving. Go on the hour every hour, or try setting a reminder alarm. Walk a quick lap through the halls or if you're feeling ambitious, do a few squats or stretches next to your desk.

4. Going into work sick
Trying to tough it out and go into work when you're not feeling well could be doing more harm than good. You could spread germs to your coworkers, you'll be less productive, and you're straining yourself, which could just worsen your sickness and end up taking you longer to recover. Use your sick days for what they're for- sick days. Don't hoard them all year to use as vacation days. If you have the option to work from home, that could be another great alternative to coming into work sick and spreading germs.

5. Falling victim to break room snacks
Weather you're the one bringing in the sweet treats or you're just easily tempted by what's available, stop falling victim to snacks in the community break room. Whether you're on a diet or not, you weren't planning on eating those additional treats. Not to mention, it's usually mindless eating and you don't fully enjoy the flavors. Avoid the pressure of office goodies by avoiding the break room or bringing in your own healthy options to share.

6. Getting stressed out
Stress can cause the body to react with physical, mental and emotional responses. Stress can play a part in many problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, skin conditions, arthritis, depression, and anxiety. Be aware of what tasks or situations at work are causing you stress. One way to eliminate stress in your work day is to plan out tomorrow's work. Before you leave work in the evening, make a to-do list for tomorrow's tasks. This will set yourself up for success tomorrow and you'll know exactly what you need to accomplish when you sit down at your desk in the morning. Prioritize tasks and get the most important things done first. When ad hoc requests pop up throughout the day, you'll be able to jump right on those jobs.

If these unhealthy habits sound familiar to you, you're not alone. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the work day and forget to take care of ourselves. Take a few minutes to implement these tips into your work day and start feeling healthier. If you're looking for more ways to relieve stress and make your work day flow better, check out our services to digitally organize your files and technology. Whether you're in need of document management services or printer and copier solutions, Coordinated Business Systems can help. We offer unique solutions for your business and customer service you can trust. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you organize your office space.