When you go to your 9-to-5, you don’t expect to be entering into an environment, detrimental to your health. But so many of us have accepted that our professional lives come with risks to our minds and bodies. Indeed, for some occupations some dangers are unavoidable. Construction still remains the most dangerous line of work. But the average professional, shouldn’t be put into a position whereby they don’t feel mentally and physically protected. Here are some environments that hurt our health and how you can better take care of yourself.
If you work in downtown Manhattan in the US or in Canary Wharf in London, you will be familiar with what’s known as ‘smog attack’. This is pollution from buildings, cars, buses, ventilation systems, and the average person on the street (such as smokers) pouring into offices and making employees cough. It’s difficult to breathe when you’re in an office that is in the middle of a densely populated area. But there are some things you can do. Take a look at tactical window air circulation tips, as you can create a faster airflow in the office. You should also recommend the HVAC be increased on particularly bad days of pollution. This will extract the poisonous fumes and keep the office air clean.
As mentioned, construction is inherently a challenging industry. If you work close to diggers, jackhammers, and large industrial vehicles, hearing loss is a very real and present danger. Excessive working environment noise can lead to tinnitus and permanent hearing damage. The average decibel level should not be more than 60. Anything that is in the range of 80 or above, is harmful to your hearing. Wearing silicone earplugs with industrial protective equipment is a great way to retain your hearing into old age. Audiologists warn that an exposure to noise over 80 decibels will cause damage to your hair cells in the inner ear. These can act as a cushion, absorbing some of the soundwaves to prevent the eardrum from being overloaded.
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Working overtime is something that is ingrained in our professional personalities. We want to be seen as the harder worker, someone who deserves the promotion more than the other employees, etc. but what untold damage is being done to our psyche? Working overtime too often can lead to stress that is directly linked to the cause of depression. Do you really enjoy life if most of the time you’re just working? Existing is not the same as living, so take care of yourself and value your personal life and time away from the office.
Personal trainers that take an exclusively hands-on approach are in danger of over-training. Fitness fatigue is a generally new phenomenon, particularly felt by athletes and professionals in the fitness industry. It can lead to hypertension, cramps, and stress. It’s better to film your fitness sessions so clients can always workout from home from time to time. It helps you get some rest and the content can be used again and again.
Working environments come with hidden trade-offs to our health. It’s time we started noticing the negative impacts of modern professional environments and took better care of ourselves.