7 Ways to Stay Healthy as a Working Professional

Posted September 28, 2021 by in Career

We live in a world where we are expected to work longer hours, take less time off, and be more productive than ever before. These expectations can lead to stress, which is the number one cause of illness and burnout. The best way to combat this is by making small changes that will help you stay healthy even as you’re working hard! That said, here are seven ways to stay healthy as a working professional:

#1 Get Regular Exercise

The number one way to stay healthy is through exercise. Make sure you get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, whether it’s a walk in the park or lifting weights at home! Exercise helps increase focus and productivity, so try planning your workday around when you’re going to fit in that workout.

Getting regular exercise will lead to improved concentration, a more robust immune system, increased energy levels, endurance and stamina. As a working professional, you need plenty of energy to get through the day! If this is challenging for you or your schedule doesn’t allow it, exercise can also do the trick! It will help reduce stress but still give you that boost of endorphins because who wouldn’t want that?

#2 Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is very important for productivity, but it’s also key to stay healthy. So make sure you’re getting at least seven hours of restful sleep every night so your body and mind can recharge!

Lack of sleep affects mood, concentration levels and overall productivity – not a good combination when working as a professional! Sleeping well will improve concentration, reduce stress levels and increase energy throughout the day. 

In addition, you’ll have fewer sick days because you won’t be run down from poor sleeping habits or lack of exercise/healthy eating. This means less money spent on doctors visits which in turn means more time saved for work!

#3 Take Time Off Every Day

Even as a working professional, you need to take time off every day. Make sure you take at least 15 minutes out of your workday to do something relaxing and stress-free! Whether it’s taking a walk outside or doing some yoga in the office, this will help give you that much-needed recharge from all those hours sitting behind a desk.

Stress can lead to mental health problems, so regular downtime throughout the day is important for everyone – not just as professionals but also as humans! Taking breaks away from technology helps reduce anxiety levels, so even if it’s going for a quick coffee/tea with colleagues during lunchtime – make sure you have times where people aren’t looking at their screens too!

#4 Take Care of Yourself

“You’ve got to take care of yourself, not just because you want to look good but because you deserve it!” – Karl Lagerfeld. Even as a working professional, you need self-care time, which should be especially true when we’re stressed! Taking the proper care of your skin and hair will help ensure that you feel great even if your schedule is chaotic at work or home!

Taking care of your appearance also helps boost confidence levels, making all the difference in how someone feels about themselves professionally. Feeling confident makes you appear more competent, so remember: they judge books by their covers regardless of what kind people may be behind closed doors! 

#5 Reward Yourself

Last but not least, reward yourself for all your hard work! This is important because you’re always pushing through to the next thing on your list as a working professional. It’s easy to forget about what you’ve already achieved and why you even started in the first place – having something that reminds you of how far you’ve come will help keep that fire lit inside you, so don’t be afraid to take some time out every now and then just do whatever makes YOU happy!

Rewarding yourself with things like treats or gifts can go a long way towards lifting our moods when they are low. This might seem simple, but it works if you find yourself constantly stressed or exhausted at work. Treat yourself once in a while, whether it’s that Scalp Micropigmentation you’ve wanted to have done for the longest time, or even just going for coffee with your friends, picking up some new clothes or simply having an extra hour in bed!

#6 Listen to Your Body

It’s not always easy to know when our bodies are giving us signals that we’re pushing too hard or there is a physical problem at hand. Likewise, sometimes it can be difficult to recognize the signs of stress, anxiety and depression, but if you feel like something isn’t quite right, don’t ignore those red flags because they might just save your life!

One way for working professionals to stay healthy as well as happy is listening to what their body tells them about how much work/stress they should take on versus self-care time – this will help keep moods balanced even during chaotic times! If someone feels overwhelmed by all the things going around them, look after themselves first before anything else – whether people notice or not doesn’t matter to us as long as we’re happy!

#7 Practice Mindfulness

Although it might seem like a buzzword these days, mindfulness is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety levels in both yourself AND your surroundings. Being more mindful means being aware of what’s happening right now instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future – this helps keep us calm even when times get tough! One simple thing someone can do for themselves as professionals trying to stay healthy is focusing on their breath every day.

As well as looking after our bodies, we also need to look after our minds which will help prevent mental health problems from worsening over time. Practising mindfulness doesn’t have to be complicated either – simply focusing on breathing properly throughout the day or doing yoga during lunchtime break are great ways for working professionals to relax.

As you can see, there are many ways for working professionals to stay healthy as well as happy. Staying in touch with what makes you feel good, rewarding yourself and practicing mindfulness will help keep your mood balanced no matter how chaotic life gets!

*Photos by Keren Levand