Walking Off Your Office Blues This Season

Published on April 15, 2024

A simple walk, among other things, can help with office blues. Here’s how to elevate your mood in the office.

The Research

There is a positive feedback loop between exercise and mental health: the more you exercise, the more probable it is that your mental health will improve, and vice versa. Numerous studies on the relationship between physical activity and mental health were assessed in a systematic review. The review concluded that physical activity had a favorable effect on several psychological well-being aspects, such as lowering stress levels and elevating mood. Exercise can also help with the short- and long-term symptoms of sadness and anxiety in sufferers.

Mix Things Up

Change your routine. Your body and mind are strained when you spend all day staring at a screen while seated in a chair; this is not how humans were designed to pass the time. Make every effort to vary your daily schedule. You’ll feel a lot better as your body adjusts to the new surroundings naturally. It can be challenging to do this on your own because there’s a limit to how many times you can stand up, stretch, and move about the office before it too becomes regular and ceases to be effective.

Sleep Is Important, too!

Never undervalue the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. Bad sleep reduces focus, messes with eating patterns, changes mood, and clouds judgment. Although getting a good night’s sleep alone might not be the answer to the “back to the office blues,” it wouldn’t hurt to assess your sleeping patterns as a potential contributing factor. If your sleeping habits aren’t at their best, you can make improvements to your sleeping environment, your nutrition, and your exercise routine. Even if the effects of the lockdown on our bodies won’t be known for some time, it makes sense to assume that getting a decent night’s sleep will be crucial to returning to a state of physical normalcy.

A Hack for Workplace Walking

Additionally, employees should establish little, habit-forming exposures. For example, parking farther away from the office and entering through a green area or having lunch in a park. Rather of finding one hour at a time, Barton believes that it is necessary to divide it down into smaller parts. According to her, splitting up the nature time throughout the day will help you maximize its benefits and make it feel more bearable.

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