Strive for success & chase your dreams, but neglecting health renders all efforts futile. Listen to your body & learn why "health is wealth".
There was this story of a man who worked so hard to start a business and became rich. His years of hard work paid off. His business succeeded, and he earned millions.
But overworking and the stress of running a business took a toll on his physical well-being. He got seriously sick. He spent the bulk of his money to treat his ailment. In the end, he lost his wealth trying to regain his health.
The Meaning of Health is Wealth
You may have heard the expression “health is wealth.” It means that your health is the biggest treasure that you can have. You can achieve your goals, dreams, and aspirations if you’re healthy. After all, you really can’t do anything efficiently---including working in the office or running your business--- if you’re sick.
Even if you have a lot of money, you won’t be able to make good use of it if you keep on getting sick. That money will just be spent on medication and healthcare.
Finally, it should be mentioned that good health isn’t just about the lack of disease or ailments in your body. It constitutes the good condition of your physical, mental, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being as an individual.
Staying Healthy At Work
Here are a few pointers to staying in good shape to avoid spending on expensive medical treatments.
Do your work in a healthy workspace.
You will most likely spend a great deal of your life working. As such, it’s important to work in an office that is conducive to good health, and this is often done by incorporating ergonomics. You can start with lumbar support chairs such as the Humanscale Diffrient Smart Chair. These chairs are designed to support your body and promote a healthy posture.
If you can’t leave your work perhaps due to urgent tasks or constant monitoring, you can still work while standing up. Medical research has shown that standing up while working is physically and mentally healthier than sitting down.
Using a sit-stand chair such as the HealthPostures 5000 Stance Move Sit-Stand Chair supports your body, reducing the pressure off your lower back and feet while standing up.
Pair this system with a complimentary sit-stand workstation such as the Humanscale Quickstand. This innovative device raises your monitor, keyboard, and mouse as you stand up. Thus, you can shift your position without interrupting your work.
Take advantage of ergonomic office essentials.
The importance of ergonomics cannot be undermined. Ergonomic office equipment “forces” your body into a proper, healthy, and relaxed working posture. That’s because the engineering and designs of these peripherals take into consideration the physiology, dynamics, and safety of the human body.
Take for example Winston-E Sit-Stand Workstation. This device allows you to adjust your computer monitor---or dual monitors---at your preferred angle and height. These adjustments allow you to reduce eye strain and neck pain while working. You can also easily shift your entire setup from a sitting to a standing position.
Avoid a sedentary lifestyle at work.
Sitting on a chair for long hours is unhealthy. Make sure you take breaks to reenergize yourself. Go out and take a walk. Chat with coworkers who are taking their coffee breaks. Do a bit of exercise. Participate in your workplace wellness program if your employer has one.
Check also our article on How to Avoid a Sedentary Lifestyle at Work.
Take a vacation.
Overworking is stressful and can lead to health issues. Vacation breaks are there so that you can rest and recharge your body. It allows you to enjoy life outside work. It heals the soul and replenishes positive energy. File your vacation leaves, travel to a new destination, and relax at the beach to stay in good health.
Don’t go to work when you’re sick.
Work will always be there no matter what. Thus, listen to your body. If you feel sick, don’t work, and don’t go to the office. Take your time to rest; your body needs it. Use your sick leave to nurse your body back to health.
Live a healthy lifestyle.
All the ergonomics, medication, and rest days won’t help you lack sleep, eat unhealthy food, stay in a negative mood, or refuse to exercise. Change your lifestyle for the good. Eat a balanced diet, sleep at least 8 hours a day, exercise regularly, quit smoking, and thrive on positive energy. Your body will thank you for it.
Stay healthy and put your hard-earned money for investments, savings, or business capital. If you’re in good health, you’ll lessen your trips to the doctor. You’ll reduce the cost of medication, treatment, and doctor’s appointments. Good health is where true wealth comes from.