Tips for a Healthier, Happier Workday

Experts share healthy workday habits for increased energy, productivity, and overall happiness

Chances are you spend the majority of your time at work. No doubt, it can be a stressful and hectic environment, but since somebody has to pay the bills, you might as well make an effort to create an enjoyable experience as much as possible.

Whether you’re lucky enough to love your career or you’re currently in a position that isn’t necessarily your dream job, there are simple things you can do to make each workday a more positive experience.

This is an especially important practice for both your physical and mental health, because inevitably, the habits and practices that make up most of your time will affect your overall well-being.

Of course, sitting all day and constantly feeling tense definitely won’t help to improve your health or make for a pleasant workday, but the following tips can help you solve these problems and other office issues.

Follow these steps to increase your productivity, energy, and mood and ultimately improve the healthiness and happiness of every workday. 

Manage Your Electronics

“Do not be a prisoner of your electronics,” says Melissa Heisler, a stress reduction expert and author of From Type A to Type Me: How to Stop "Doing" Life and Start Living It. “Control how you use them versus reacting to them in the moment.” She suggests turning off notifications for your email, texts, and social media in order to avoid switching back and forth between different tasks, which she says is a time-waster. “Instead carve out time slots during the day to check communications,” she said. “To help others manage their expectations of your reaction time, you can add an automated response to your email such as ‘I will get to your email in 24 hours.’”

Organize Emails

Similar to managing your electronics, Heisler also suggests that you make the best use of your time by also carving out a specific timeslot to manage and organize emails. “When you do open your email, open it only once and act upon it in that moment,” she said. “Choose to do, delegate, delay, or delete.” Do means you will respond to the email or complete the request right away, delegate means you can hand off the task to someone else, delay means that you can come back to request at a later time, and delete means that there’s nothing to address. “If you find you are constantly deleting emails from certain sources, you may want to unsubscribe from the list or remove yourself from the project,” Heisler said. 

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