Seven tips to improve your health at work

We've all been there: You're trying to sync your data storage, upload a presentation, or trying to start a video conference, when suddenly everything comes tumbling down due to buffering. Stress derived from things like an internet connection could result in lost productivity. Implement a little workplace strategy and help promote health and wellbeing with these tips.

Don't cut corners with your internet connection

If you want to increase your productivity or overall wellness in the office, you need to make sure you have the bandwidth to support your business. Is your business growing? Then an unlimited data broadband plan may be the right way to go. With an $80 Office Plan (min. cost 24 months $1,920) you get NBN's speed when browsing or transmitting data and the option of adding a pack for faster uploads and downloads. You'll have connectivity with multiple devices, be able to upload and download large files and be able to video conference with ease - ensuring better workflow.

Get in the Cloud

A reliable document storage tool is a must around the office these days. Staff need a system that supports real-time communication and are often uploading files and folders constantly. Save time and a lot of emails by getting Cloud apps you need for your business, as well as Cloud Support packages to give you peace of mind. The $80 Office Plan includes (min. cost 24 months $1,920) a $360 voucher which you can use in the Optus Smart Shop.

Focus on your breathing

If you're anxious or just came out of a nerve-racking meeting, deep breathing can be a great way to lower your stress. Just a few short minutes of some breathing exercises can bring a little balance back. Try breathing in for five seconds, hold your breath and exhale for five seconds through the nose. It's like a mini-yoga class without leaving your desk.

Plan your day and write a check list of tasks

We're programmed to think that if we push to work longer hours, we'll get more done. The reverse occurs; we become frazzled, zapped of energy and are less productive. Start your day by making a handwritten list of tasks you need to complete. It will help you visualise and remember what needs to be done and how to best accomplish everything.

Work in cycles, not long stretches

Ideally to clear any built up pressure, try concentrating for 90 minute stretches, then have a brief break. It may rejuvenate your mind and body.

Eat well and get some sleep

Be smart and eat to fuel your body. Avoid the post-lunch slug of high-fat, high-calorie lunches. Fill up on a balanced meal and skip the fast food. Don't forget to drink loads of water too, as air conditioning tends to cause dehydration. If you don't eat properly, you may add further stress to your body and not sleep as well. Sleep is vital for your health. Your body repairs while your sleep so it's crucial you get enough shut eye.

Get moving

With our increasingly busy lives, juggling work and home commitments, it's hard to find enough time to juggle everything. Get creative and incorporate exercise into your day.

  • Fill your water bottle halfway so that you have to get up regularly for refills.
  • Head for a walk around the block during your lunch break.
  • Stand up at the top of each hour and hold squat for 20 seconds, then try 10 full squats. Pop it into your phone alarm as a reminder.

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