The odd of health issues that rises in the comfy and climate-controlled offices are numerous, especially in the current era of the digital world. Apart from office work, the dependence on gadgets is too high among adults as well as children. The excess usage of digital devices increases health concerns ranging from physical illness to emotional and psychological problems. Yes! Working for long hours in the closed environment can bring a host of health concerns like sprains, strains, musculoskeletal problems, eye issues, and others. Also, poor-workstation ergonomics and poor indoor air quality can lead to serious adverse health issues.
Here, in this article, let us go through a few work-related health problems faced by the corporate professionals and a few tips to manage the symptoms in the workplace. So, keep reading the post and find the best ways to improve your health, thereby increasing your productivity and performance.
Work-related health concerns and their remedies:
1. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS):
CTS brings pressure on the median nerve, the nerve in the wrist, which leads to numbness, weakness, tingling, and muscle damage in the hand and fingers.
Tips to manage: Regular stretching can help you release tension in the wrist. Hold your fingers tight as a fist and open to maintain the flexibility of your fingers and knuckles. Repeat this exercise whenever you are free.
2. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS): It affects the spine and joints, causing inflammation of the vertebrate leading to chronic pain and discomfort. If left untreated, it may cause fusion of the vertebrates which results in impaired mobility.
Tips to manage: Posture correction, exercises, and cervical traction help to improve the condition.
3. Lower back pain: Poor posture, smoking, stress-related muscle tightness, and curving the back for long hours may bring devastating lower back pain issues while exerting pressure on the sciatic nerve as well.
Tips to manage: A good office chair with lumbar support may help to counter lower back pain. Also, taking short breaks between the working hours and practising a few stretches at your desk can ease the pain and aches.
4. Eye strain:
Continued starring at the computer screen for long hours can cause a burning sensation in the eyes along with feeling of eyes dryness, headaches, and a sore neck.
Tips to manage: Reduce your eye strain by increasing the font size and by adjusting the lighting and screen settings. Also, give rest to your eyes by looking away from the computer screen frequently, blink often to refresh your eyes and consider wearing anti-glare glasses if required.
5. Obesity: Sitting in front of the system for a long time may increase the risk of weight gain. Also, unhealthy eating habits, stress, sedentary lifestyle, and lack of physical activity are the main causes of obesity issues.
Tips to manage: Reduce the expansion of waistline by decreasing afternoon meal size. With sedentary work schedule, include physical workouts in your daily routine.
6. High degree of stress: Work-related stress is a significant and common issue seen among employees. Stress can lead to other health issues like hypertension, heart attacks, pain and insomnia.
Tips to manage: Identifying the stressors, making healthy choices, practising relaxing techniques like meditation, mindfulness, and deep breathing exercises can keep your stress away. Also, seeking support from the family and friends can help you better manage the stress.
7. Insomnia: Insomnia is one of the common issues seen mainly among professionals working in night shifts. Yes, due to the disturbed sleep-wake cycle, you might end up cranky, depressed, moody, or anxious.
Tips to manage: Practicing meditation, mindfulness, and yoga can help you relax yourself and enhance the quality of sleep naturally. Ensure a day nap, if you are working at night.
8. Gut issues:
The fast-food culture and lack of physical activity among most corporate professionals increase the chance of developing dozens of gut-related issues like acid reflux/ heartburn, constipation, nausea, diarrhoea, Crohn’s disease, IBS, cramps etc.
Tips to manage: Eating healthy foods, including yoga and stretches, logging daily meals, and adding gut-friendly foods in the diet can help solve the issues.
Health recommendations for working professionals
Constructing a good inner ecosystem by modifying our lifestyle habits can fend illnesses and help build a healthy foundation for our lives. Not only this, being vigilant for our health and taking preventive measures can also keep corporate employees safe from a number of preventable diseases born out of sedentary lifestyle. Here are a few recommendations for you.
- Keep your weight under control. Take help of dieticians and fitness trainers, when required.
- Get your Vitamin & mineral test and bone density test done to consider nutritional supplements, if required. Consult a doctor before taking any supplement.
- An annual health check-up is a must to monitor and arrest the onset of serious illnesses, if any.
- You must have your health insurance in place to avoid financial crisis at the times of unforeseen circumstances.
- Ensure healthy and timely meals and a sound sleep of 7 to 8 hours every day.
- Corporate employee wellness programs are designed for your specific needs. Take them seriously and participate actively.
Work life forms a major part of your entire life. Take steps to keep this side of your life healthier and safer. Enjoy your job with a sound health that maintains a good work-life balance.