5 Health Issues The Corporate World Need To Tackle

A little goes a long way. Here are 5 issues most people in the corporate world need to tackle.

However, before you take the plunge, have a think about what it might be doing to your waistline and what other healthier takeaway options you could choose.

1. Long hours of staying seated

The human body was not designed to be idle so naturally, sitting for too long will lead to a plethora of health issues and can shave years off your life. Too much sitting causes your hip flexors to tighten and can lead to chronic lower back pains over time. Colon cancer is also known to be closely linked to the sedentary lifestyle.

Quick tip! Avoid staying in the same position throughout the day. Set a timer hourly if you must. Do something small daily like getting up to wash your hands or go to the bathroom to stretch it out if you want more privacy – folding forward for a minute will help to relieve your back muscles.

2. Poor eating habits

Only a tiny fraction of people would put their choice of food into consideration for their workplace performance. Did you know that what you eat affects your productivity? When your daily mission is to conquer emails, staying on top of datelines and absorb meeting discussions – Food is your propellant. Unhealthy lunch decisions may hide under the pretence of affordability and efficiency. Sure, you can save 20 minutes now, but you know intuitively that you will pay for it later when you start feeling sluggish at 3 pm.

Quick tips! Say au revoir to those prepackaged meals and get creative with your hands. The best way to know what you are putting into your body is to make the damn thing yourself. If you want to “save time”, pack food from home. Sandwiches are the most versatile and easiest to make so jam up the greens – they are responsible for the production of the feel good chemical, dopamine.

3. Eyestrain

We all know the pain of staring into the abyss of excel sheets for hours on end or endless lines of coding that make your eyeballs feel like as if they are two melting pots. No doubt, the glare from your computer or your smartphone will eventually be detrimental to your eyesight. Think blurry vision and overly sensitive eyes that either gets too watery or too dry. To add to that unification of trouble, constant headaches and a sore neck.

Quick tip! In your mind, you instinctively know “Look away from the screen, duh.” Cultivate the 20-20-20 habit: Look away from the screen every 20 minutes and look at something around 20 feet away (6 metres) for about 20 seconds. You do not have to endure the factory presets, reduce the brightness of your screen. This also serves as a reminder to book an appointment with your optometrist today!

4. Lack of physical activities

This links back to point number 1 of the sedentary lifestyle. Researchers dubbed the torpid conduct as the “sitting disease.” And to combat the high chance of cardiovascular diseases? Get sweaty. Upping up the ante on physical activities proves to be better than drug treatments. Increasing your heart rate allows oxygen and blood to move around more efficiently. Having difficulty depositing quality zZzs into the sleep bank is also a notorious consequence of inertia. Although not immediately, a few months of exercising and mastering your body clock will keep your day full of productivity and night full of dreams.

Quick tip! The intensity of your workout need not start on full blast. Start with small steps and slowly increase vigour. Always take the stairs instead of the escalator, take your dog for a walk at the nearest park and take pleasure in the greenery around you (green attracts calming vibes and diffuses anxiety!), get off the bus one stop earlier and walk to your destination. One day or day one, you decide.

5. Worn out mental health

Everyone who has held a job will go through stress and anxiety at some point. Some common source of stress could be from the excessive workload, few opportunities for growth or advancement, conflicting demands or unclear performance expectation and lack of social support. Stress symptoms include heart palpitations, a dry mouth, migraines, loss or an increase in appetite and withdrawal from people that will lead to anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, work-related stress sometimes doesn’t just disappear! Persistent stress can impact your health and well-being.

Quick tip! A balanced diet packed with nutrients and exercise is the most eminent way to feel good but if it calls for immediate attention – stop whatever you are doing, take five minutes, close your eyes and find gratitude in what you have rather than what you don’t. We also highly recommend talking to someone. STRESS is just Someone Trying to Repair Every Situation Solo. We have a few organisations here and, a couple of them are Samaritans of Singapore and SAMH. Happiness is a state of mind.