With Massage at Work Week taking place from the 4th June, some lucky UK office workers will be enjoying some quality downtime during their working day. Although there is a general trend for employers to invest more in employees’ health and wellbeing, not least because of the increased productivity it generates, it’s still a rare employer who will provide an onsite masseur. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the effects of the services we offer at Archway Health Hub as you tackle the daily workload.work and fitness life

Take a breath

It’s a well-documented fact that modern workloads can lead to increased stress. Ironically it’s at times when we need proper breaks that we are most likely to neglect our needs and make ourselves prone to making silly mistakes as we spend long hours staring at a screen. While it’s not always possible to leave our desks to do a guided meditation, we can use mindfulness techniques to cope with both acute moment of stress and the more mundane demands of long days in the office. Taking just a minute to slowly and consciously breathe deeply can go a long way towards helping you rebalance and control rising anxiety levels.

Are you sitting healthily?

Sitting is something we do unconsciously, however to avoid problems like back pain and repetitive strain injury, it’s important to take some time to make sure your chair and desk are both set up properly. When sitting at your desk check the following:

  • Your chair supports your lower back with knees positioned slightly lower than hips.
  • Your chair height enables you to type with your wrists and forearms level with the floor.
  • Your feet are flat on the floor or on a footrest.
  • Your screen is at arm’s length with the top of the screen at eye level (use a mount if necessary)
  • Your computer mouse is close to you and placed on a mouse mat.
  • Your phone and any other items you regularly use are placed within easy reach.
  • If you use your phone for long periods of time, use a headset to prevent neck strain.
  • Take a break – regular screen breaks are necessary for good concentration and productivity.

At Archway Health Hub our chiropractors can help with work-related pain and advise on how to sit for optimum health and comfort.

Brain food

If you’re lucky enough to work in an environment with healthy options available in a canteen, then great. Otherwise planning is key when it comes to making sure you don’t slip into bad habits of quickly grabbing a junk food lunch to eat at your desk or worse, skipping lunch altogether. Beginning the day with a healthy, filling breakfast will stop you craving sugary mid-morning snacks and bringing in healthy snacks like fruit and nuts will also combat the need to hit the vending machine. If it’s hard to find healthy lunch options near your workplace, make your own. And again, taking a proper break for lunch should never be seen as a negative as returning to your desk alert and refreshed will improve your productivity. At Archway, our nutritional therapy practitioner Sheila Storer can advise you on healthy eating habits to improve your health.

At Archway Health Hub we pride ourselves on the far-reaching benefits our treatments and classes can have for our clients in all aspects of day-to-day life. To find out more about what we offer, please call us on 01858 410820.