Sustainability isn’t just about caring our environment, it’s also about caring for our people. And that means our staff as well as our patients. Have a look at the tips below for some ideas on healthy living…
Keeping well at work
Have you heard the phrase a ‘well-world’? We like it because it links wellbeing with caring for our environment. Health is a gift, as much as our planet is – we can do lots of things to look after them both…
TRAVEL ACTIVELY: we need at least 30 minutes exercise every day. How about trying to travel to work or meetings by foot or cycle rather than in the car – or get off the bus a few stops early? See our Smarter Travel tips for more ideas and info on support available.
TAKE A BREAK: have a proper lunch break away from your work station and try and get some fresh air while you’re at it. Go for micro-breaks during the day too – a few minutes every hour will make all the difference.
WATCH YOUR BACK: try and avoid back pain by varying your work activities (and therefore your position), maintaining a good posture at your desk or in the car and using equipment provided (for example a hoist) if you’re trained to do so.
This short video has some tips for exercises to help you stretch at your desk.
GREEN YOUR OFFICE: believe it or not, greening your office with plants will help reduce stress and improve air quality – not to mention making it a more pleasant place to spend time. Have a look at this article to find out which plants are particularly good and try introducing into your office – don’t forget to look after them though, check the label for advice on how to care for them.
DON’T IGNORE STRESS: Stress is part of everyday life, especially in a busy work environment, but it can sometimes be difficult to manage. Recognising that you are stressed and identifying the cause is the first step to doing something about it. Doing nothing will only make you feel worse, so have a look at the NHS Choices website.
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Keeping well at home
We spend a lot of time at work but what about when we’re at home? There is lots we can do there too that will boost our wellebing in mind and body…
CUT DOWN ON MEAT: having a balanced diet with lots of veg and reduced meat improves your health and reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer and stroke. It also has a lower impact on the environment – carbon emissions associated with vegetarian diets are half that of meat-rich diets, with red meet being the main culprit. Try going meat-free one day a week – for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don’t forget to substitute meat for another protein though – have a look at the Meat Free Mondays website for more info and ideas including some great veggie recipes!
QUIT SMOKING: chose a day and stick to it! Throw away your cigarettes, lighters and other paraphernalia – and spend the money you save on treats, a trip to the cinema or a holiday. For more info, check out the NHS Smokefree advice.