Healthy employees are happy employees. Employee wellness is important as it plays a vital role in the workplace. The University offers a number of programs to help employees health and wellness.
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered our normal workplace. Linked are suggestions that may be beneficial to you while working and living through the pandemic.
Here are some easy tips to help encourage a healthy workplace.
- Walk and Talk: Research has suggested that walking makes people more creative. Turn meetings into walking meetings, or take a break and go for a walk during lunch with your peers, while socially distancing. You'll return to work feeling refreshed, mentally and physically.
- Hydrate: Don't forget to stay hydrated throughout the day. It is recommended to drink 11-15 cups a day. Bring a reusable water bottle to work or a water-filtering jug for a refrigerator can be helpful.
- Snack Attack: Set a "healthy snacks only" policy for the items in the office. Find healthy alternatives around campus or in the vending machine.
- Play Day: Have some fun! Play sports with your colleagues, organize inter-departmental tournaments, or organize attending a workout session together, whether it is virtual or in-person.
- Sneaky Steps: Sneak-in extra steps when and wherever possible. Park your car in the furthest parking spot from the office, ditch the elevator and take the stairs, and stop by a colleague's desk (with your mask) from time to time instead of sending an email.
Do you suffer from a midday slump? After a successful morning and big lunch, it is common to hit a mental dead zone. Here are 5 helpful tips to manage the midday slump.
- Plan Afternoon Tasks: Before you head off to lunch, you should give yourself an idea of what the afternoon has in store. This will mentally prepare you for what is coming after lunch before you get there. Plus, it will prevent you from wasting time after lunch trying to figure out what to do.
- Take a Quick Break, if needed: If your mind is completely blank and you cannot fight it, then take a break. The University provides employees with 3 breaks a day. Two, 15-minute breaks and one, 30-minute lunch break.
- Eliminate Distractions: When you have less energy, you are more susceptible to being distracted. If you eliminate your distraction you will not have to spend energy avoiding them. Do things such as removing your phone from your desk and blocking any sites on your computer that might be detrimental to your productivity.
- Stay Hydrated: A frequent cause of afternoon slumps is dehydration. Lack of water will drain your energy and focus levels quite significantly. This puts a large emphasis on staying hydrated throughout the day.
- Move Around: Moving around can be a great way to wake up. Do some jumping jacks or stretches or go up and down the stairs. Getting your body moving and your heart beating will help your mind focus.
From the comfort of your desk, you can do these simple moves to relax.
- Pose 1: Neck Rolls
- Close your eyes. Let your chin drop down to your chest. Begin to circle your neck slowly, taking the right ear to the right shoulder, the head back, and then the left ear to the left shoulder. Try to keep your shoulders relaxed and don't hurry through any areas of tightness that you come across. Do three to five rolls and then switch directions and take another three to five rolls.
- Pose 2: Cat-Cow Stretch
- Bring both feet flat on the floor. Bring your hands to your knees. On an inhale, arch the back and look up toward the ceiling. On the exhale, round the spine and let your head drop forward. Repeat for three to five breaths.
- Pose 3: Seated Forward Bend
- Push your chair back from your desk. Bring both feet flat on the floor. Interlace your fingers behind your back. Straighten your arms as much as possible, drawing your interlaced fingers down. Fold at the waist, bringing your interlaced hands over your back. Rest your chest on your thighs and release your neck.
- Pose 4: Seated Eagle
- Cross your right leg over your left leg. If you can, wrap your right foot around your left calf. Take your arms out to either side, parallel to the floor. Bring the arms forward, crossing your left arm over the right one and bringing the palms to touch. Lift the elbows while keeping the shoulders sliding down your back. Repeat with the left arm over the right.
- Pose 5: Seated Spinal Twist
- Turn to sit sideways in your chair, and bring both feet flat on the floor. Twist towards the back of the chair, holding the back of the chair with both hands. Turn yourself 180-degrees to face the opposite side of the chair to twist the other side.
- Pose 6: Wrist Stretch
- Stand up. Turn your hands so that the insides of your wrists face your computer and your fingers face the edge of the desk. Lean away from your desk with your arms straight while flattening your palms as much as possible. Back off if you feel pain.
- Pose 7: Standing Pigeon
- Stand up. Bring your right shin onto your desk parallel to the edge of the desk. Take a forward bend over your right leg, hinging at your hips. Repeat on the other leg.
LSU Dining has a website specifically designated for campus menus with calorie counts for any given day.
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