Many of us spend more time at work than we do anywhere else. And while most office work isn’t physically strenuous, workers are still susceptible to assorted aches, pains and seasonal sickness. Developing healthy workplace habits like the ones below can help you avoid common injuries and illnesses at your “home away from home.”

Fend off cold and flu symptoms

and say goodbye to sick days.

  • Don’t skip your annual flu shot.
  • Use tissues instead of coughing or sneezing into your hand.
  • Wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer can also help cut down on germs.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • If you’re feeling under the weather, stay home to avoid spreading germs.

Employ ergonomics

to help fight neck, shoulder and back pain.

  • Make sure your monitor is adjusted properly. Your screen should sit directly in front of you at eye level.
  • Alternate hands during repetitive work tasks.
  • Adjust your chair so that the backrest provides adequate lumbar support. Your chair height should be adjusted so that your forearms are level with your work surface.
  • Keep your wrists relaxed when typing. Take regular stretch breaks to avoid carpal tunnel strain.

Protect your peepers

from dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches.

  • Minimize glare on your computer screen by shielding it from overhead lights, hanging window blinds or curtains, and using lower wattage light bulbs in desk lamps.
  • If your vision requires correction, always wear your glasses or contacts as instructed by your eye doctor.

Eat for energy

and avoid the three o’clock slump.

  • Plan ahead to pack a light, healthy lunch. Stock up on lean protein, fruits, vegetables and whole grains for a well-balanced meal.
  • Keep a few healthy snacks on hand and you’ll never even miss the vending machine. Fruit, yogurt and nuts are good options for a nutritious energy boost.

Tidy up

to prevent illness and injury.

  • Sanitizing wipes are a quick and convenient way to spruce up your workspace and keep it germ free.
  • Don’t allow cubicle clutter to pile up — it presents a trip hazard that can result in avoidable injuries like stubbed toes and sprained ankles.

There’s no need to let your nine to five turn into a daily grind. Follow these tips when you’re on the job and you’ll always feel your best!