How to be healthier and happier at work

I love my job!
I love my job!

Last month I was invited to speak at the Lansdowne Club in Mayfair about the tragic death of Moritz Erdhart. I posed the question 'does the responsibility of your health and wellness lie with the company or does it lie with the individual?'  In part 2 of this blog I'll be focussing on how you the individual employee can take responsibility for your own health and wellness at work.

The buck stops with you

I truly believe your personal health is your own responsibility.  That is not to say you should automatically know how to attain optimal health - that is what health specialists are for.  But, however many health benefits your company offers you it is your responsibility to use them.  I think we can all attest to feeling sharper, more productive and more amiable when we are well rested, well fed and have a sense of content and happiness about our lives.  

Stop, think

Every time you order a meal you are making a personal choice about how to nourish your body.  Only you can get to the gym, or get to the 5-aside football, office rugby game or pilates class.  Only you can make a decision to sort out your desk related back pain.  And it also your choice (within reason) about when to leave the office at night. 

The LifeRez - It's a state of mind

You can minimise the chances of injury or illness by taking responsibility for your health now and making LIFESTYLE changes that you can maintain for the foreseeable future.  A few blogs ago I wrote about Precision Movement's Life Resolution campaign - making smaller manageable health changes that you can maintain for life. At work your priority is work but health and wellness will make your work more enjoyable.  The liferez system is perfect for implementing health and wellness into you work life.  

The essentials

There are a few small essentials that you can easily incorporate into your work place.  Start with your work station - ask for an ergonomics assessment to ensure you have the best possible posture when you are working.  Drink more water and you can start by adding just one extra glass of water a day.  Make sure you leave the office at lunchtime for fresh air, natural light and movement.  There are many more things you can improve easily and you can find out what they are and how to implement them on Twitter page and Facebook.