‘Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions, but how does this relate to safety? A healthy mind and body are actually connected with workplace safety for a couple of reasons. Employees who are fit and have a healthy mind and body are less likely to be involved in certain types of injuries, including strains. When these employees do become injured their recovery time is often faster than an unhealthier employee.
We know the benefits of a healthy mind and body, but how do we get there? New Year’s resolutions often fail because we set unrealistic goals. Wellness is a lifestyle and you have to find what works best for you. Here are some tips for a healthier you in 2020.
Take it slow
Don’t try to focus on changing everything at once. Set short, realistic goals, one or two at a time, and focus on achieving those before moving on to the next. Concrete, measurable steps are crucial and will help keep you motivated.
Be your best supporter
A healthy body starts with a healthy mind. Be good to yourself and be your own cheerleader. We accomplish more when we are happy, healthy and encouraged. Celebrate yourself with positive self-talk and affirmations; what you think and say becomes reality. When you feel better about yourself, you are healthier and work smarter.
Unplug from your phone
Your dependence on technology can be bad for your health. Checking your text messages and email every five minutes is not good for your mind or your safety. Phones cause distractions, which may lead to accidents. Being attached to your phone also means being detached from your peers, family and friends. Find a healthy balance, a time and a place for phone use.
Find a workout you like
Working out is good for your mind and body, but if you don’t enjoy it, the chances are you won’t stick to it. The key to being consistent is finding something that you love and want to do every day. Aim for three to five days a week of aerobic activity and two days of strength training. Consider finding a workout group for support. Remember to consult a physician before you start a workout program.
Stress is our worst enemy. It can affect your body, mind and safety. A stressed employee is an accident waiting to happen. Find a method that works for you to control stress, and start with a balanced schedule. Take time to recharge, develop healthy responses to toxic situations, establish boundaries and take deep breaths.
Healthy eating is linked to a healthy heart, mind and body. When you eat well you can boost your mood, lower your stress and work smarter and safer. You can increase your immunity, be more productive and live longer by eating better. It’s a win-win situation all the way around. Make sure that you make healthy choices by eating lean meats, fruits and vegetables and don’t skip meals. Have some fruit or nuts available as healthy choices for snacks.