In my career, I have had the unique opportunity to work professionally in HR, as well as the Health and Wellness Field. Studies unanimously demonstrate that health-conscious individuals often display a higher degree of work performance. However, the term “health-conscious individuals,” can often be misinterpreted to mean strictly individuals that exercise. Exercise is just one (albeit important) element to overall fitness, there are several other elements that need to be maintained in order to boost your work performance to a new level!
1. Get your zzz’s in the bank!
Many experts would argue that receiving an adequate amount of sleep is the most important aspect to overall wellness. You can never miss a workout, eat the healthiest diet, and positively promote your mental health, but you would be wasting your time if you tend to pull all-nighters. Experts suggest that the required amount differs from person to person, but no less than 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is considered to be the minimum. Hormonal balance, weight management, injury recovery, energy levels, and mental acuity are all affected by the amount of sleep you receive.
2. Pack a lunch!
Think about your current workspace, do you know of anyone that consistently feels unwell or calls off sick more than the average employee? My guess is that I am describing someone you know (or you) and the first question that needs to be asked is, “what are they putting in their body?” An entire book can be drafted on appropriate dieting (we may even touch on it in a later blog), so we will just speak on the quality aspect. Do your best to steer clear of heavily processed foods and take out. This usually equates to having to pack a lunch, restaurants serving wholesome foods are few and far between. The higher the quality, the higher the amount of energy, and your wallet will thank you.
3. Stay Organized!
Staying organized may not seem health related, but the impact disorganization can have on stress levels certainly is. A former mentor of mine would often say that each day begins at the foot of the mountain. Traversing up a mountain is stressful and exhausting, but with proper preparation and management (keeping appropriate tools readily available, rationing supplies, pacing yourself, etc.) the stress can be mitigated effectively. The same concept applies to your work day in regards to proper pacing, organization, and prioritizing. Allow yourself the opportunity to reduce stress and reserve enough energy for non-work related activities!
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Michael Chiovitti, Chief Talent Strategist
Eden Resources, LLC