By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 11:28, 01 April 2020
Being happy is not just about feeling good. Research shows that it also makes us healthier, more productive – and nicer. Considering we spend a large portion of the week at work, below are 5 simple ways to boost your mood in the workplace:
1. Take your vitamin D supplement with breakfast
It’s impossible to get enough of this sunshine vitamin during the winter months, which is why we should consider supplementing with vitamin D during October – February.
Several studies have suggested that the symptoms of SAD may be due to changing levels of vitamin D which may affect serotonic levels in the brain. Therefore supplementation may play a key role in boosting mood and making you feel happy. This summer, make sure you’re getting outside on hot days to soak up your daily dose of sun!
2. Get Active
According to research from the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine1, taking a brief walk during your lunch break can have some tremendous mental and physical health benefits. And the best part is, it doesn’t have to be long. Just 15 minutes of walking has proven to boost enthusiasm and happiness levels throughout the day.
3. Stay hydrated
Dehydration can lead to fatigue, lack of concentration and reduce efficiency throughout the day. If you struggle with plain water, then try infusing water overnight with fresh berries, ginger, lemon or mint.
Fruit and herbal teas all count to your daily water intake. Aim for 8 glasses per day.
4. Lead by example and let your employees needs be heard
Lily Soutter (https://lilysoutternutrition.com) suggests tracking your steps; “If you need that morning energy boost, fresh air and exercise will be the remedy you need. Exercise is not only important for physical health but it helps your brain to stay sharp.
Put on your trainers and power walk to the station, and you can arrive at your office feeling smug you’ve completed more steps than your colleagues before 9am!”
5. Eat a Mood Boosting Lunch
What we eat during the work day can greatly affect our productivity, mood and overall performance. London’s leading nutritionist, Lily Soutter (www.lilysoutternutrition.com) says that, “although lunch may not be the sole cause of that afternoon slump, opting for heavy and high fat lunches can leave us feeling sluggish and drowsy. Opting for a balanced lunch can minimise the risk of that afternoon drowsiness.’
To remain full through the day try itsu’s Salmon Sushi (RRP: £4.99, 233 calories) which contains a host of health benefit and thanks to the fish content, is an excellent source of protein that balances blood sugar and keeps energy stable throughout the day.