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For Retail Lenders, Credit Risk Managers, Bankers, Underwriters, and anyone in the financial services industry or corporate world, it can be difficult to stay on top of your health. Stuck at your desks or in the office makes it hard to think healthy thoughts, but taking control of your health will keep you on track.

Here a few “life hacks” to stay on track with your health:

1. Hydrate! Sometimes we get so involved on our work, we forget to take the time to re-hydrate. We all know how important it is to drink water throughout the day but we often forget to do it. If you take a water bottle with you wherever you go, it will remind you to use it. Step away from the computer and refill at the water cooler. You will feel more focused, refreshed and do at least one important thing for your health. Relying on sugary coffee drinks or soda will backfire and cause negative consequences to your health.

2. Get some sleep! Many of us crawl into bed with our mobile devices and check email, browse social media, or read e-books, but lack of a good night’s rest can have short and long-term consequences on health, mood and performance. Exposure To Artificial Light From Electronics Disrupts Sleep Pattern, Causes Decreased Melatonin And Difficulty Falling Asleep (by Chris Weller). Do these things a couple hours before bed, or better yet save it for the morning, at break time, or during lunch to catch up on less important tasks.

3. Ditch fast food! Stay away from the Pizza Joint or the McDonalds next door! You deserve better than that. Take the time to make yourself a lunch you could look forward to. Look for Easy Healthy Lunch Ideas for the Office on Pinterest. Bring in leftovers from a home-cooked meal.

4. De-Stress! There are times when we need to get that important project completed, or check off tasks on the to-do list as if it’s a game, but often we get stressed from a long day’s work. We unknowingly stress ourselves out then have a harder time focusing and end up less productive than we realize. If you are feeling stressed, it will have negative effects on your work, your relationships, and your well-being. Taking breaks or even occasional vacations help us to re-focus and stay on track to be more productive.

5. Keep in Clean! It’s hard to stay away from germs in the office but we can be aware and take steps to keep ourselves and our areas clean. It’s obvious that washing our hands often is critical, but keep in mind that everything you touch in the office, others are touching too. Hand sanitizer is helpful and sanitizing your keyboard and work area can also help. Prevent Illness at the Office by viewing these 10 Quick Sanitary Tips to Keep Your Workspace Germ-Free by Greg Voakes from the HuffPost Blog.

These tips are simple and often overlooked, but it’s important to keep them in mind so you’re at the top of your game.

Life-hacks-guy-masonryFor those challenging times when you need to get things done effectively, try these tips & tricks. Life Hacks for Retail Lenders