Friday, April 30th, is National Workplace Wellbeing Day!
The last year has brought about a massive change to everyday working life, but Team Croí aims to stay connected and active throughout the day.
It can be hard to see opportunities for healthy activities during the busy workday. Lisa, Croí’s Head of Health Programmes, has provided 3 top tips to boost your heart health, sense of wellbeing and your productivity this Workplace Wellbeing Day: Hydrate, Move & Connect!
- Hydrate! We all know that it’s important to drink plenty of water – about eight 200ml glasses a day for women and ten 200ml glasses a day for men. Drinking enough water plays a role in many processes in the body, including digestion, and when we are dehydrated our energy levels and focus can be impacted. Drinking water also helps to manage our appetite as we can confuse thirst for hunger at times. Fitting more water breaks into your work day also offers an opportunity to get a break from your screen and take a breath! Can you fit just one more glass of water into your day?
- Move! There are so many benefits to moving more during your work day! We are not suggesting that you run a quick 5km at lunch time – reducing sitting time by getting up and stretching regularly, standing for a couple of meetings, having a three minute dance party as you heat up your lunch, it all counts as physical activity! Moving around is also an effective way to shake out stress and tension during a busy workday – bringing us back to the dance party idea! Can you set an alarm to remind you to get up and move around a couple more times a day?
- Connect! This has been a year of both great disconnection and a whole new kind of connection. We haven’t seen many of our family or friends, but many of us have been on countless Zoom calls with all corners of the world! Humans are social creatures, and when it’s harder or impossible for many of us to connect in the tea room, or meet for a coffee these days, it’s extra important to figure out how we can meet our connection needs. Having strong social connections has a major impact on our psychological wellbeing and has also been linked with better physical health! Whether it’s a walk at lunch time, a non-work Zoom coffee, or a couple of voice notes, try to fit in time to connect with people during your work day to share a problem or a worry, support someone else, or just to have a laugh!
Check out our recent Instagram Reel of some members of Team Croí incorporating these activities into their workday! Follow us on Instagram – @croiheartstroke.