Workplace Health Risks and How to Avoid Them

We all have to put food on the table, but are we working ourselves to an early grave? More and more Americans complain of work related health issues, from repetitive stress injuries to nervous break downs, to a nasty case of the flu. Aside from quitting your job, there is a lot you can do to decrease your chances of a workplace health catastrophe.

Take short breaks

In a world of 80 hour weeks and a cup of coffee in front of the computer passing for lunch, it’s not surprising that many office workers suffer from lower back pain, migraines and chronic stress. A 2-5 minute break every hour could help you avoid all of that. In between conference calls, leave your desk and walk around the office. Walking up and down the stairs, through the hallways, or even outside can help you calm your mind and improve your circulation. Give yourself a break from the computer and take time to relax before jumping into another task.

Can’t tear yourself away from your computer? Try a website like www.dejal.com/timeout/ that sends a customized reminder to chill out.

Swap your cup o’ joe for a green tea

The caffeine in a cup of coffee may wake you up, but it could be wreaking havoc on your body if you sip it continuously throughout the day. Excessive caffeine can lead to jittery, nervous behavior. Steering clear of that second cup could mean the difference between flipping over it and getting over it. Green tea on the other hand, has a much smaller amount of caffeine, and helps to improve your circulation and overall well being. If you need a quick pick-me-up reach for tea instead of coffee.

Socialize

No one likes the workplace gossip, but getting to know your co-workers could lead to a more productive and stress free day. Talk to the people around you and get to know them. Comradely among co workers is important and makes the work day a little more bearable. Take time to casually talk about a popular TV show, families or the weather with your peers. Steer clear of work place negativity though; it’s easy to get sucked into complaining about the boss or putting down the company. Not only will that lead to further stress and negative feelings, but it could get you in a lot of trouble as well.

Clean

Although it may look clean, your desktop is teeming with bacteria and viruses. Cleaning thoroughly and often is a good way to prevent the office flu from ruining your weekend. Your phone and keyboard are key places harboring germs. Be sure to wash your hands repeatedly throughout the day. Use caution in communal spaces like the break room or kitchen. Touching your eyes, nose or mouth after using the public copy machine is a great way to pick up someone else’s germs.

Health risks in the office are similar to those around your own home. Taking care of your self is essential to a productive and positive work day. Remember that work time is all about quality rather than quantity. Taking two minutes here and there to wash your hands or get up and stretch is worth it when you consider the alternative week or two you would be out of the office because of health issues. Protect your well being and you will be well on your way to getting the most out of your job.

About the author: Sarah Danielson writes for Corboy Demetrio Law Firm, a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, Illinois.

6 Responses to “Workplace Health Risks and How to Avoid Them”

  1. It’s true that some people are not as well off to be able to work in offices and even if they are at offices they are still exposed to dangers like the ones you have mentioned above.. being in the same position all day will get you to trouble that’s for sure.. Take it easy on getting acquiring wealth and don’t sacrifice your health for it.. ;)

  2. It would not be funny if you acquire wealth and spend it all for your health in the end.. I hope everyone realizes that our health is our wealth as well..

  3. Rosie @ Dentist West Hollywood says:

    Green tea instead of coffee is great advice, especially if it’s the second cup! I often find that I really just want something to sip on, and green tea is just as satisfying as coffee is most of the time! Plus it’s great for your metabolism.

  4. Mike@Benefits of Fiber says:

    You know what’s funny is that I used to be an iron worker. I spent all day either hanging off of a skyscraper or walking around with 90 lbs of steel on my back. But never 1 injury.

    Now that I work in front of a computer all day, I am starting to get a bad back. So the above comment about lower back injuries is no joke.

    So bad posture really is more dangerous than heavy lifting…go figure.

  5. Other jobs like online jobs are easier but it also has all these risks as well.. Taking the wiser step and following healthy advises to avoid health risks in all sorts of jobs is essential..

  6. Gregg Camp@Santa cruz condos says:

    Staying away from the work place is always a safer and much better option but sick leaves don’t work all the time :) Washing our hands often is one of the best way to keep the bacteria away and there are other preventive measures as well. Once we decide to be at the workplace we have to try our best that we do not infect others.

Working From Home? 5 Ways to Stay Healthy

Working from home is a fabulous opportunity for anyone who desires flexibility in his or her work life. Unfortunately, working from home can wreak just as much havoc on your health as working outside of the home. Those who work from home often work longer hours than those who don’t because the office is just a few steps away. Longer hours at work, no matter the locale, can lead to neglectful habits when it comes to health and fitness. Here are five simple ways you can utilize to take care of yourself from the comfort of your home office:

Drink More Water

Drinking plenty of water is one of the easiest things you can do to keep yourself healthy. Staying hydrated is the first step in maintaining your mental focus and keeping your body in prime condition. Set a goal of at least 48 oz. of water each day. You may want to invest in a filtered pitcher for the fridge, buy a dorm sized fridge for your office and keep it stocked with water bottles or even install a water cooler in the corner of your room. If consuming water throughout the day takes a backseat to soda and coffee, try to at least follow each caffeinated drink with an eight ounce glass of water.

Take Frequent Breaks

People that work from home seem to take fewer breaks than those that work outside of the home. Pretend you are working at an outside office and schedule breaks for yourself. Standard break times for outside-of-the-home employees are one hour for every eight hours. Aim for a 15-minute break every four hours and a 30-minute break for lunch.

Stretch

Most people that work from home do so hunched over a computer or with their neck bent on the phone. Stop your work every hour or so and give yourself two minutes to stretch. Stretch your shoulders, stand up and bend over to touch your toes, do a few neck rolls, and even stretch out your fingers and wrists. Doing so will keep your joints from stiffening from being in sedentary positions for too long a period of time.

Eat Properly

It’s very easy to skip full meals when you’re working from home. Pack a healthy lunch in the morning, or the night before, just as you would if you were leaving for the office. Fruit, yogurt and a small salad can make a fantastic, healthy lunch, and is very easy to prepare.

Get Enough Sleep

Working from home means that you need to organize your time properly, and that includes your sleep time. Your day should comprise of no more than eight or ten hours; resist the temptation to work around the clock simply because it’s convenient. A lack of sleep can contribute to excess stress, susceptibility to illness and a general state of malcontent. A good goal is at least seven hours of straight, uninterrupted sleep.

Working from home is beneficial in many ways but can also be detrimental to your health if you don’t take care of yourself properly. If you’re working from home, be sure to follow these tips to maintain optimal health.

Francine Gomez is a career consultant and loves giving people new ideas on how to make money from their home offices. Their are lots of ways you can make money online, from doing paid surveys to writing article content for websites.

3 Responses to “Working From Home? 5 Ways to Stay Healthy”

  1. Daisy@Women’s Magazine says:

    And use those breaks wisely! Instead of sitting on the couch with a cup of tea , get moving! Go for a walk or use an elliptical trainer if you don’t wanna go out of the house. Do some yoga to relax and stretch your neck and back. It’s proven that people who sit at their desk all day are not the healthiest people around.

  2. Danai@freelancer says:

    I think the most important point you made is about sleep. When i started freelancing i was working till 4 am sometimes, cause i wanted to finish everything i had to do and take the next day off. That’s such a huge mistake! Our body needs to rest, that way we are more productive!

  3. Excellent tips to help telecommuters, freelances, and online business owners stay healthy while working at home. I actually found that taking vitamins, drinking water, and taking a short walk around my community has helped me feel a lot better about working online.

Healthcare at Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Healthcare at Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Continuing care retirement communities (commonly known as CCRCs) are residential options for senior citizens. CCRCs offer resident contracts, independent living units, amenities, and access to long term care services as the health and social needs of seniors change.  A defining element of a CCRC is that it can offer independent living, assisted living, and nursing home care all in one place.

Requirements for residence are usually age sensitive, and both health and financial criteria often differ from community to community.  The definition and label of “what is a CCRC?” tends to vary from state to state as well.  While our parents and loved ones continue to live longer than the average expected lifespan with advanced medical help and care, CCRC attendance is increasing due to the different healthcare options available for seniors.

The three different types of CCRC contracts available to residences are typically are as follows:

  1. Extensive
  2. Modified
  3. Fee-For-Service

These three contract options primarily differ on the amount of costs covered.  On top of the different fee structures, there are healthcare options that each community will list in resident contracts.  Some of the most common items are living quarters, medical care, recreational and educational activities, meals and special diets, personal assistance, emergency help, and additional or individual services.  There can be many additional services and amenities written into the contract as well, such as laundry, grocery shopping, lawn care, and other tasks that many people might take for granted.  Also, usually taken into strong consideration are things like location, religion, and fraternal affiliations.  Professional, legal, and financial help is always recommended for seniors interested in moving into a CCRC, as each individual has different needs and values to take into consideration.

Choosing a continuing care retirement community is an extremely important decision for seniors to make, and it is critical for them to know and understand their options.  It can be a confusing and difficult time in mom, dad, or a grandparent’s life as they have to cope with leaving their home. On top of that, significant expenses and fees can accumulate in the process.  Adding possible health or mental complications can only be more inhibiting on making a clear and informed decision when choosing a CCRC.  The AARP helps people 50 years old and over improve the quality of their lives and offers assistance for those in need.  It is important to have help and support by family and friends when choosing a CCRC, because in many cases, seniors will spend their remaining years in the retirement community, and should be able to call it their home!

Author bio: Sedgebrook is a CCRC located outside of Chicago in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Learn more about senior living Chicago and retirement options available at Sedgebrook.

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Tired of Suffering? Win the Battle Against Sinusitis

Allergy Relief Pinks* by Nomadic Lass, on FlickrHeadaches, halitosis, irritability and head congestion are all symptoms that sinusitis sufferers battle against. Sinusitis is the most chronic condition in the United States, affecting millions of people. Whether your sinusitis is chronic or acute, you don’t have to suffer in silence. There are effective ways to treat your sinus pain from the comfort of your own home. If you are tired of fighting what feels like a losing battle, here are steps to take to help reduce your sinus pain:

1.Buy an Air Filter

If you have sinusitis, you can chalk the majority of your symptoms up to allergies. Whether you are sensitive to pet dander, pollen or dust, the particles floating through the air in your home can worsen your sinusitis symptoms and, in turn, the discomfort that you feel. Buying an air filter for your home and installing HEPA filters on your heating and cooling systems can reduce the number of pollutants in the air inside of your home. Additionally, check the pollen count daily and keep your windows closed when levels are high.

2.Boost Your Immune System

If your immune system is compromised, your symptoms will quickly go from bad to worse. By boosting your immune system, you may quickly find that your sinusitis flares are drastically reduced. To boost your immunity, make sure that you are getting adequate levels of vitamins C and E, as well as selenium, zinc and carotene complex. Not only will boosting your immune system help your sinusitis symptoms, it will make sure that you are less likely to catch a cold or get the flu.

3.Watch What You Eat

Many people don’t realize that food products containing yeast and dairy can produce mucus. If you suffer with sinusitis, mucus is the last thing that you want building up inside of your nasal passages. Those with chronic sinusitis should also do their best to limit refined carbohydrates and sweets; both can suppress immune function, making the symptoms of sinusitis worse.

4.An Apple a Day

An apple a day really can keep the doctor away. Apples and, more specifically the skin of apples, contain quercetin. This natural anti-inflammatory is also an immune booster that is found in the skins of apples and red onions. Quercetin helps to decrease mucus production by blocking histamine release. The next time you’re aching for a crunchy snack, head to your fridge and grab an apple; your sinuses will be the better for it.

5.Use a Hot Compress

Not only do hot compresses feel great, they actually reduce inflammation. Grab a clean hand towel, fold it and soak it in ginger infused water. Alternately, you can fold fresh ginger into the center of your towel and soak the towel in hot water for five minutes. Ring the towel out slightly and place it over your eyes, nose and cheeks. The combination of steam and ginger will open your nasal passages and reduce inflammation.

Whether you have acute or chronic sinusitis, you aren’t doomed to fight a losing battle for the rest of your life. If you follow the five tips above, you’ll find that your sinusitis is controlled or even eliminated altogether.

Think that you ordered something healthy? Think again.

www.stockfreeimages.comLast Thursday, my husband and I went to enjoy a day at the mall.  While there we decided to get something to eat.  We went to the food court, but really wanted to sit down at a restaurant.  There was only one there – a chain restaurant which will remain nameless.

The menu  looked like it had a couple of healthy options.  Salads, grilled chicken and sweet potato fries caught our attention.  We sat down and my husband ordered the raspberry ice tea and I ordered water.  When his tea came, it tasted like sugar syrup.  It was entirely too sweet!  He had to dilute it with almost the same amount of water to render it drinkable.

I ordered a salad with vegetables, dried fruit and seeds and my husband ordered a chicken salad.  We also ordered some sweet potato fries.  Sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory properties, are high in vitamins B6, C and D, have iron, a lower glycemic level than potatoes and are good for cholesterol, so we thought that we had ordered something healthy.  The fries came first and they were soft, soggy and saturated with oil and spices.  I must admit that they were tasty, but we had to wrap them in our napkins to get rid of some of the oil and our napkins were soaked!  We couldn’t believe it.  We had never see fries that had that much oil!

We asked our waitress about them and she seemed somewhat perplexed as to why we were complaining about the amount of oil on the fries.  Then it made sense as to why there is such a big obesity problem here. The waitress didn’t think that there was anything wrong with our fries and I don’t think that she would have thought that there was anything wrong with his tea either.  So many of us eat out and the restaurants are contributing to the problem.

The foods that people eat on a regular basis – even the “healthy” options are loaded with fat, sodium, sugar and unrefined carbohydrates.   Not only does this contribute to obesity, but it puts people at a higher risk for heart disease and diabetes.

Our salads were even saturated with salad dressings that were high in fat.  Our experience last Thursday reminds me of when I discovered the nutritional content of the black bean soup that I always ordered from a popular take out place.  I always ordered black bean soup because I thought that it was healthy.  It was only about 110-150 calories depending on whether I ordered a cup or a bowl.  I only realized that the bowl contained 1500 mg of sodium after I used the “Lose It” app!  1500mg of sodium – that’s more than half of the required daily intake!

I’ve learned over time that even when something seems “healthy,” it might not be.  Even if something is organic, it might be loaded with sugar, salt and fat.  We have to learn to cut back at home, read labels and ask questions when we go out.

So when you think that you’ve ordered something healthy – think again, educate yourself and ask some questions.

  1. If you’re used to eating a lot of salt, sugar and oily foods, try to cut back a little bit at home.  This will re-calibrate your taste buds, so  when you’re out and ordering something you’ll be able to tell if it’s “unhealthy”.
  2. Ask the waiter/waitress for the sodium, sugar or fat content of the meal that you’re thinking about ordering.  This even goes for drinks.  Ask them how sweet, salty, etc. the meal or drink is and if it’s too unhealthy, send it back.
  3. Read labels when you’re supermarket shopping.  The caloric content is not the end all be all.  Check to see how much salt, sugar and fat a product contains.
  4. Use the “Lose It” app or the “Live Strong Calorie Tracker” app on your phone (both of which are free) to determine the nutritional value of supermarket foods and even meals at some chain restaurants.

4 Responses to “Think that you ordered something healthy? Think again.”

  1. Thanks for the info. I’ll inquire the next time I order a salad at a sit-down.

  2. Great article.
    Like you, I am all too aware of what we eat will affect our health, weight and ability to fight diseases as we age. I look forward to your next posting.

    Wilmot

  3. I love this girl!

  4. this is so true. we need people like you to help educate everyone about what we are eating. easy to follow tips are great! thxs