This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo.
How much time does your working life take up? Perhaps you work 40 hours a week, maybe just 20, or perhaps you do overtime and end up working over the weekend as well. No matter how much time you put into the office, you may be suffering a slow death and you don’t even know it. The more time you put into your work, the less time you’re making for yourself and the less care you’re putting into your own body. It’s time to break away from the shackles of the working life and make more free time for your personal health.
Replace the coffee
If you work, you probably drink coffee. It’s one of the most natural partnerships that we experience in life. Coffee helps us wake up, stay alerted and focus on our work. However, it’s easy to build up an addiction to coffee as well as a resistance to the caffeine that it adds to our system. As a result, we need to drink more and more coffee just to get our fix and stay awake and that adds more and more caffeine into our system. There are a couple of ways to get rid of coffee and replace it with something different. For starters, you can completely omit coffee from your system and focus on a more healthy lifestyle. Wake up earlier, go to bed earlier, and plan your days so that you feel more in control of your time. You could also replace coffee with healthier alternatives such as peppermint tea, or at the very least switch to decaf.
Don’t ignore health issues in the office
It might not be stress that’s making you feel fatigued or cough when you’re at work. In some cases, your office might be a breeding ground of harmful chemicals especially if it’s an outdated building with a lot of structural issues. For instance, benzene is one of the most common harmful chemicals that makes its way into our lives. It’s commonly found in plastics, adhesives, dyes and even pesticides and can cause drowsiness, fatigue and even leukemia. If you feel like benzene or any other similar chemical might be the cause of your health issues at work, then you should consider getting professional legal representation for lawsuits surrounding benzene cases. Lawyers will help you seek justice and also protect your fellow co-workers, and doctors will help you recover. Remember the earlier you detect these issues, the higher your chance of treatment.
Bad eating habits
It’s not unusual for people who work long hours at the office to snack on junk food and eat fast food all the time. You might feel like your lack of time is forcing you to look for cheap and quick meals to fill your stomach, but keep in mind that’s no excuse to eat unhealthily. You can spend weekends preparing meals, or you can opt for healthier fast food options such as salads and sandwiches instead of fries and burgers. Don’t feel pressured to buy whatever your co-workers do and consider making food at home to take to work instead of spending extra money on eating out.