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Workplace Wellbeing Day Friday 31 March: Tips to Stay Healthy During Your Working Day!

Ireland's National Workplace Wellbeing Day, 31st March 2017

Ireland's third National Workplace Wellbeing Day will take place on March 31st 2017. This year we are encouraging Contractors to participate in the event, which aims to improve employee health through promoting better nutrition and physical activity.

We have complied a quick guide to help improve your wellbeing in the workplace, remember: Mens sana in corpore sano!

1. Clean Your Work Area

Make sure the actual space is as healthy and germfree as possible. Be honest - how often do you really clean your workspace? By giving your desk a healthy makeover, you'll be putting yourself in a great position to stay healthier.

TIP: Don't forget to clean your phone, it's a breeding ground for bacteria.

2. Stay Hydrated

Water helps your body with physical and mental performance. The 3 o'clock lull that many people feel at work can be due to dehydration. Aim for 8 glasses of water a day.

TIP: Set goals on the amount of water you plan to drink during work e.g. 3/4 glasses by lunch followed by a further 2/3 after lunch.

3. Take it Easy on Your Eyes

If you're working at a computer all day, be sure to look away from your monitor periodically and focus on other targets at varying distances to give your eyes a rest every 20-30 minutes.

TIP: Blink! Very slowly blink your eyes 10 times to prevent your eyes from becoming dry.

4. Take the Stairs

While it's easy to become reliant on escalators and elevators, taking the stairs is an easy way to be active, burn calories, and get the heart pumping.

TIP: Don't underestimate the power of walking downstairs! Walking upstairs AND downstairs is physical activity.

5. Get Up. Walk Around. Stretch.

Take a break, stand up, and move around every 30 minutes or so. Walking during lunch is a great idea - not only are you burning calories, but you're refocusing and refreshing. On National Workplace Wellbeing Day, it is encouraged to go out and walk, jog, cycle or swim a mile. Find out more details here.

TIP: Find a walking partner whom you can depend on for a daily walk - someone who will drag you out even if you claim you're too busy. If you really can't get out during lunch, park further away than you normally do so you have a short walk in the morning and evening.

6. Snack Healthily

Good nutrition is the foundation for any healthy lifestyle and it's not difficult to incorporate some of that into the work day.

TIP: At work replace sugary snacks with seeds and nuts which can provide sustained energy with many health benefits.

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