Let’s be real: Most of us are spending more than 40 hours per week at work. (A 2014 Gallup poll estimates the average time spent at work is 47 hours, and people in many industries work more than that!) When you’re spending that much time in an office environment, you want to feel your best—and continue to feel your best—at work.

The problem: Typical office spaces aren’t exactly conducive to improving your health and wellness. With lots of people working, talking, and eating in enclosed spaces, germs and other bacteria get spread around easily, especially during cold and flu season. (You can cultivate a healthier office with these simple tips!)

But there’s good news. Keeping a few inexpensive, handy items at your desk helps you stay healthy throughout flu season—and beyond. Grab a few (or all!) of the suggestions on this list to stay in control of your health (and peace of mind!) at work.

1. Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is key for a healthy digestive system, immune system, and many more mind-body benefits. Have an insulated water bottle at your desk to keep your water cool and convenient to sip all day long. We like this Klean Kanteen bottle ($12) with a sleek design and easy-open cap.

How to Stay Healthy at Work: Klean Kanteen



2. Desk Diffuser

This cute cactus ($17) works hard to keep you well. Powered by your USB port, this humidifier helps you avoid dry/stuffy air, transferring cold/flu germs, and prevents chapped hands, skin, and lips.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Cactus Desk Diffuser

 3. Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizers kill 99% of bacteria and viruses, so this is a no-brainer to keep handy in communal environments like an office. We like this all-natural version ($13), with nutrients that protect and moisturize your hands.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Hand Sanitizer


4. Tea

Pick up a box of tea to get health benefits with each sip, including disease-fighting antioxidants, better digestion, and a stronger immune system. This chamomile and ginger tea is especially helpful for stomach issues.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Chamomile and Ginger Tea


5. Stress Ball

At Fitspot, we give out these squishy balls to all of our clients. They can serve as a nice mental break or distraction when you’re feeling tense. If you have a harder ball (like a tennis or lacrosse ball) you can use it to rub out sore feet or muscles.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Stress Ball



6. Portable Desk Vacuum Cleaner

This little ladybug is actually a mini vacuum cleaner ($8) that helps keep your desk and keyboard free of crumbs, dirt, and other messes.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Ladybug Desk Vacuum

7. Antibacterial Screen Cleaner

A must-have for anyone who uses a computer or phone at work—i.e., everyone. This organic screen cleaner solution ($10) is gentle on your electronics, but removes all dirt, grease, and germs from your screens. Plus it’s environmentally friendly and biodegradable.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Antibacterial Screen Cleaner


8. Gum or Breath Mints

Feeling run down or unfocused? Mint has been shown to improve productivity, help you focus, and even boost memory power. Grab a pack of breath mints or peppermint gum to reap the brain-boosting benefits.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Peppermint Gum

9. Hair Ties

For those among us with long hair (ladies or gentlemen!) you know how annoying it is when you want to exercise and you realize you’ve forgotten a hair tie. Keep a stash at your desk so you can attend a Fitspot fitness or yoga class, whenever you want.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Klean Kanteen


10. Healthy Snacks

Have a stash of snacks on hand for whenever you need a bite between meals. Go for products with protein to help you stay full, and try to limit the added sugars. Some ideas: fresh fruit, almonds, snack bars (with at least 5g of protein), or trail mix.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Healthy Snacks


11. Emergen-C

These tasty and refreshing drink mixes deliver 1000mg of vitamin C (more than 10 oranges!) to help you stay well.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Emergen-C


12. Tissues

Keep a few pocket packs of tissue on your desk to take care of any runny noises or sneezes, while keeping your germs to yourself!


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Tissues


13. Desk Wipes

Don’t forget to wipe down your desk, which can harbor lots of nasty germs, on a regular basis. These Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes kill 99.99% of germs using botanical, natural ingredients.


How to Stay Healthy at Work: Desk Wipes


  1. Charles Bragg says:

    I use Hand Hand Sanitizers and screen cleaners.

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