While the holidays can be a time of excitement and stress for many people, it's important to be aware that they can also distract you and create higher chances for illness or injury in the workplace. It doesn't have to be that way, however - with a little forethought and some safety-conscious choices, you can stay focused and healthy at work even in the most wonderful time of the year.
Here are some tips to consider:
Warm up and Cool Down Before Working
Be kind to your muscles during the chilly winter weather by stretching them before and after strenuous physical work. Even if you have an office job that's not as physically demanding, you can still benefit from a warm up and cool down routine.
Provide Yourself Healthy Food Choices
Yes, this one is tough...but it will pay off in the long run! The key here is to make healthy food more convenient to eat than the junk food, fried foods, and sweets that are so readily available this time of year. Pack your lunch bag with enough healthy options to get you through the entire day, and leave them at arms reach for you to grab if they are shelf stable.
As the days get darker and colder, take extra care to travel safely on the roadways during your daily commute to avoid any surprises on the road. Limit any alcoholic drinks to no more than two during a holiday party, and if you're the one driving, don't have any drinks at all. Try water, juice, coffee, and tea instead as alternative options.
Get Enough Rest
It sounds counterproductive at first, but taking the time to rest your body is critical to prevent the risk of injury. And not only will you stay safer, you'll feel better and get more work done. The minimum amount of sleep required is 7 hours each day, plus time in between waking hours for break periods.
Don't Work Alone
If you're doing any kind of hard physical labor, take a coworker with you to keep you company while using power equipment. Let them help with certain things for you like securing stepladders and stretching out to reach items. If you're trying to pick up a heavy load, get help to do it. It's always better to stand on the safe side and save your back when it comes to lifting heavy loads.