Feeling tired and worn out? Lost that creative spark? Need an energy boost for the work hours?

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Research shows that small adjustments to your behavior, your work space, and your relationships can make daily work tasks happier and healthier which can in turn help you thrive in your career.

  1. Gratitude: Gratitude can be a mood enhancer. Writing down just three items a day you are grateful for can help to lower stress. Lowering stress has been shown to improve sleep and assist with improving memory and focus.
  2. Drink Up: Even mild dehydration, for just a few hours reduced energy, hinders mood and thwarts concentration. Keep a bottle of water or cup of tea nearby for sipping. workplace wellness
  3. Try to make fruits and veggies your go to snack. In a study published by the British Journal of Health Psychology, researchers examined the diets of more than 400 adults and found that people reported greater feelings of well-being on days when they ate at least five servings of fruits and vegetables.
  4. Decorate your workspace with greenery. Green plants either the real or the artificial variety have been shown to increase levels of productivity and concentration. Even Googling garden, or forest for photos and gazing at an area of green for just 40 seconds during the workday has been shown to improve focus and performance.
  5. Speak up. Having positive social interactions at work can increase happiness and decrease burnout. Full-time employees spend a good portion of their days at the office. Which is why healthy work relationships can be so important to employee well-being.
  6. Take a breather. If you are feeling stressed, stepping aside for even two minutes to take some deep belly breaths can help. Deep breathing invokes your bodies relaxation response which can slow the heartbeat and even stabilize or lower blood pressure.

Utilize these tips to improve your workplace experience and help your physical and mental well-being.

Heather Wardrop

Heather Wardrop is a People Services Business Partner for CleanSlate, a leading national medical group that provides office-based outpatient medication treatment for the chronic disease of addiction, primarily alcohol and opioid use disorders.