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