Health at work
Most of our waking hours are spent at work and as a result many of us suffer unnecessary stress and back problems. Every year, up to 40 million working days are lost to workplace injury and ill health. Stress and back pain are the two biggest causes of absence from work.
While pressure can be a motivating factor at work, excessive pressures or demands such as long hours, heavy workloads and management changes can lead to work-related stress.
Do not wait for stress to make you ill before doing something about it. If the problem is not work-related, your employer may be able to support you while you resolve the stress in your personal life. Whatever the cause of stress, your GP can also help.
Tips for healthier eating at work
- Swap your regular morning coffee for a decaffeinated version, or herbal tea
- Snack on fruit or nuts instead of chocolate to help boost your energy levels
- Get the right balance in your meals eaten at work, including food brought from home
- Drink at least two litres of water every day - keep a bottle of water on your desk to help you measure your intake
- If you bring packed lunches, include fruit and vegetables
For more information on staying healthy at work, visit www.nhs.uk