Once office work was considered the safest for health, most people dreamed of getting such a place: there was no need to strain physically, and the working conditions were close to the atmosphere of their own home. But for several decades in a row, scientists have persistently insisted that even such work can be hazardous to health. We’ll tell you what the main dangers await you, how to deal with them, and how to create an ideal work environment.
Take care of the fresh air
Dry air is one of the most common problems in modern offices. Air conditioners, central heating, insufficient ventilation, the inability to regularly ventilate the room, too many employees per square meter, especially during a pandemic – all these are factors that affect the humidity in the room. Meanwhile, dry air has a detrimental effect on a person’s appearance, well-being, and even working capacity. This can manifest itself, for example, in the fact that you will constantly feel sleepy and tired, even with an average number of hours of sleep. In addition, the skin suffers greatly from dry air – it begins to peel off, becomes irritated and tight. And if you wear contact lenses, you probably notice that after a few hours in the office, you get a feeling of pain in your eyes. The reason is the same dry air.
The ideal way to tackle the problem is to persuade your boss to provide HVAC supplies. You can also negotiate with colleagues to purchase an inexpensive humidifier together.
Also, don’t forget about the free methods:
- Saturate the body with moisture from the inside – drink at least eight glasses of water a day, and in order not to forget – keep a bottle of water on the table. And it is better to give up coffee – it dehydrates the body.
- Carry thermal water with you and spray your face every 3-4 hours.
- Invite your colleagues to introduce indoor flowers – this will also have a positive effect on indoor air quality.
- If you wear lenses, then buy special moisturizing drops – they must be marked with a note that they can be used simultaneously with wearing the lenses.
Take care of your eyes
Dry air is not the only hazard to the office worker. Constant sitting at the computer harms even more, especially the eyes. The point is not even some kind of harmful radiation (modern LCD monitors are practically harmless compared to CRT ones), but a long and continuous load on the eyes. Ideally, it is advisable to spend no more than 4 hours a day at all for eye health. Unfortunately, we all understand that this ideal is practically unattainable.
What can you do to keep your eyes healthy?
- Every hour, be sure to take a break for 5 minutes and do special exercises for the eyes.
- Drink vitamins and minerals for the eyes: you need A, E, C, zinc, and lutein.
- Watch the light level – the light should not be too bright or dim. You should be comfortable. If there is little light, use a desk lamp. If you are disturbed by too bright light from the window, hang on the window with blinds. Even this little thing can sometimes significantly ease the strain on the eyes.
- Visit an ophthalmologist once a year, especially if you notice that your vision has begun to deteriorate.
If you do not work in a large city in a managerial position and do not belong to the rare and highly paid specialists, you are familiar with this problem firsthand. Some companies have their kitchen and sometimes a dining room (which is budgetary), but not everyone can boast of such conditions. A good business lunch costs a lot of money, and if you multiply that by 22 working days, you get an utterly obscene amount of money. Therefore, employees often eat fast food or get by with a bun or chips, at best – sandwiches brought from home. Plus, there is a habit of drinking tea with cakes, buns, and sweets in some offices for any reason. As a result – excess weight, bad skin, problems with the gastrointestinal tract, etc.
Try taking nuts, dried apricots, raisins, muesli bars, fruits, and vegetables to work in the office instead of sandwiches. Another option is to take only soup in a cafe instead of a business lunch: it is cheaper and at the same time much healthier for the stomach than any snacks. In addition, make it a rule not to eat or snack right in the workplace, even if it is allowed in your office. When your attention is busy with work, you can eat much more than planned.
The main enemies waiting for an employee in the office are a sedentary lifestyle, continuous communication with a computer, artificial lighting, and dry air. The office lifestyle is like a killer that destroys your body year after year and accelerates aging. But, fortunately, not everything is so hopeless, and if you make efforts, then many health problems can be avoided at a very budgetary level.