Easy tips to prioritise your well-being in the workplace
Adults spend at least a third of their lives at work. Whether it’s an 8-5 desk job, shift work, or running a business, a big chunk of time and energy goes into work. In a world dominated by technology and ever-increasing pressure, it’s easy to get carried away by workplace demands at the expense of our health, which is why prioritising good health and wellbeing in the workplace is so key.
Tetley partner dietitian, Mbali Mapholi, says that corporate nutrition is a vital contributor to overall health. “Nutrition plays an important role in corporate wellness,” explains Mapholi. “Food choices are more than just sustenance; they impact energy levels, cognitive function, and overall well-being. In this era of heightened awareness around holistic health, investing in good nutrition at the workplace is a catalyst for heightened productivity, job satisfaction, and overall well-being.”
In line with this, Mapholi has shared 4 top tips to help people feel at their healthy best in the workplace.
Mbali’s strategies for wellness in the workplace
The intermittent fasting craze has become popular in the corporate world, but it's important to remember that this weight loss strategy may not be suitable for everyone in terms of sustained energy throughout the day. Research shows that skipping breakfast or having a breakfast high in sugar and refined carbohydrates can lead to mid-morning crashes, mood swings, and decreased focus. A nutrient-rich breakfast that is low in sugar can regulate blood sugar levels and reduce cravings throughout the day.
Food Tips: Start the day with a nutritious breakfast of oats, peanut butter on wholegrain toast, fruit, avocado toast with eggs, or smoothies.
Staying hydrated throughout the day is crucial in order to function optimally, but it's important to choose the right beverages. In addition to drinking water, consider adding fruit slices or herbs to your chilled water to keep your hydration levels up. Be mindful of your caffeine intake and avoid relying on coffee as a meal replacement as this can impact alertness and reduce sustained concentration.
Drink Tips: To improve productivity, incorporate Laager Rooibos or Tetley Green Tea into your routine as these are both rich in antioxidants and compounds that promote brain function, resulting in better focus and alertness.
Taking time to enjoy a meal mindfully fosters a positive relationship with food and sets a tone of intention for the day. Stepping away from your desk during meals, especially lunch, can positively impact your mental health. Taking mindful breaks throughout the day can also positively impact mental health and productivity. This means setting aside a few minutes to step away from work and engage in an activity that promotes relaxation and mindfulness.
Break Tips: Meditation, deep breathing exercises, or going for a walk helps reduce stress and increase focus.
Healthy snacks can combat mid-morning or afternoon slumps and promote sustained energy. This helps you avoid the temptation of unhealthy snacks while fueling your body with essential nutrients. It's important to remember that snacking should be a supplement to your diet, not a replacement. Therefore, it's crucial to choose snacks that are high in protein, fibre, and healthy fats, as these will keep you feeling full for longer periods. Snacking can also be an opportunity to experiment with new fruits and vegetables.
Snack Tips: Snack combinations like apple slices with peanut butter; hummus, and fresh cut-up vegetables; boiled eggs, and fruit; yoghurt and fruit; and nuts or popcorn are great options.
To discover healthy tips and recipe ideas from Tetley Tea, follow @TetleyTeaSA on Facebook and Instagram or visit www.joekels.co.za. For more insightful dietary information, follow Mbali Mapholi @Urbandietitian.
About JoekelsJoekels pack, blend and distribute some of South Africa’s most popular household tea and coffee brands including Tetley, Laager, Tea Time, Tea4Kidz, and Society Coffee. Started in 1994 by businessman, Joe Swart and Master Tea Blender, Jonathan Kelsey, Joekels is an award-winning business with both Halaal and Kosher accreditation, as well as the highest global food safety and quality certification, FSSC 22000. The Laager Rooibos brand is accredited by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of South Africa. Visit www.joekels.co.za