Ciao amici, happy Thursday! Sometimes I feel working in an office might just kill me. I’ve always had a very active lifestyle, but that all changed after graduating from college and getting my first big girl job. Flash-forward to two years later and now I spend so much time sitting in my office that makes me want to scream. Think about it, if you work in an office you spend an average of 40 hours per week trapped within your four walls. If you add a good eight hours of sleep per night, that adds up to 96 hours of being passive out of the total 168 hours you have in a week. Crazy? Yes!
Some days feel longer than others. No matter how much coffee you consume, the day just seems to drag. Here are some ways I found to be helpful during those extra-long days:
1. Drink lots of water
Stay hydrated folks! Most of your health issues can be connected to poor hydration. Your body needs an average of 64 oz of water per day. I like to fill a 32oz water bottle and keep it on my desk throughout the day. The goal is two drink two bottles of water before I go home. For some reason, I end up drinking more if using a water bottle instead of a cup. Did you know that being thirsty is actually a sign of being dehydrated? That’s right! So grab your bottle and bottoms up!
2. Take a break
I think the part I dislike the most about a long day at the office is sitting at my desk staring at a screen. Taking a small break, maybe stretching my legs or going for a short walk around the office really helps. If you need a little extra motivation and own a Fitbit, you can set your device to buzz every hour. My Fitbit buzzes every hour at 10 ’til let me know it’s time to step it up!
3. Listen to music
Music is like magic, it has the power to help you relax, or can help you get in the grove of things. I always have an earbud in my ear while at work – I’m doing it as I type. It just helps me get through the day and improves productivity. Nowadays there are so many streaming systems out there, but I find Amazon Music is the streaming system perfect for me. Not only you can stream online, create playlists, and download music on your device, but it is also ad-free. And it is also a lot cheaper than other streaming services. You should definitely try it. At least for 30 days, it’s free!
Meditation is a huge tool to use in any stressful situation. Sometimes our brains get so overwhelmed with information that it is hard to focus. I find that meditation helps big time. Whether is focusing on my breath, using guided meditation or even praying, 5 minutes of mindful meditation will help you survive those crazy busy times at the office. I like to close my door for 5 minutes, close my eyes, and simply focusing on my breathing pattern. Big inhales and big exhales. Slow and steady. Few minutes of that an I feel totally recharged!
5. Laugh… a lot!
Laughter is the biggest cure of all. When you are tired, bored, stressed, or even sad, someone tells a joke and the whole environment changes. I am truly blessed with a great team. I could not see myself working in my department if it wasn’t for my colleagues, and our random hallway meetings laughing and talking about our days. If you work by yourself, not to worry, you can always use the good ‘ole interwebs. Just go to Youtube and watch a funny video. Or maybe read the joke of the day on Laugh Factory. Here is one for your entertainment:
Q: How does Albus get into Hogwarts?
A: Through the Dumble-door.
What methods do you use to survive a long day at the office? Let me know in a comment below.