With the new year rolling in steadily most of those resolutions are starting to lose value and instead gather dust on the shelf. Fair enough, change isn’t the easiest thing to bring about especially when you have gotten too comfortable in your own environment (work, friends, social, intimate).
But as many people are driven to see the difference in 2016 one common area in life they focus on is their crappy office job. Makes sense doesn’t it?
It’s the place you spend a large proportion of your time; develop toxic relationships and habits; and generally the source of dissatisfaction if you’re only in it for the money. Long hours and stuck inside all day doing something you really don’t give two shits about.
Damn… this is living… ain’t it?
But if this isn’t enough truth then maybe we should consider a few of the health implications that can result from being cooped up all day in an office like a lab rat.
Your office chair may be state of the art and hella comfy but that’s only going to encourage you to sit for longer periods. Evolution designed the human body for complex movement and activity, not prolonged periods doing shit all. We don’t sleep eight hours a night just so we can go a full day stationary at a desk. Medical research has linked numerous health concerns such as increased blood pressure, higher cholesterol and cardiovascular disease to sitting down for too long.
Not only that, most people sit with a slouch at their desk causing bad posture to develop and added strain to the neck and back muscles. Just what you need after a hard week at the office right? And the concerning issue is the fact that this damage doesn’t seem to show any significant reduction when a few hours at the gym or moderate exercise are added into the mix according to studies conducted by JNCI.
And to add icing to the cake, sitting down hunched over a screen at your desk all day can actually decrease your lung capacity. Your brain is getting less oxygen and therefore not working to its full potential. So you may well end up acting the fool or fucking some crucial shit up.
The solution is a simple fool! GTFO of the office environment and start flexing your muscles in another hustle. There are plenty of hands-on jobs which involves moving around. Just figure out what suits you best.
Most office jobs are located in CBD areas and you know what else is ‘conveniently’ located nearby also? Yupp.. Shitty Fast Food Joints. You sit around all day in your cubicle; your energy levels begin to lessen while you accustom to this sedentary lifestyle, and you no longer find the motivation or will to prepare your own healthy meals. But that’s alright because there is that wonderful new food court two minutes stroll from your building. You go out for a quick bite to eat on something high in calories and cooked in fat, get back to the office to finish that bullshit report and 20 minutes later let the lethargy kicks in. And the cycle continues for the rest of the week as you wonder what tomorrow’s meal special will be.
We all know the health risks associated with regular fast food consumption or at least can connect the dots between Maccas and fat people. But what we don’t always realize is that office job is the secret catalyst driving your love affair with fast food. You long all morning for that lunch break and the fast food deceives you into thinking it can be that much better.
Your office may have cleaners come in every evening to wipe down the place but that doesn’t mean it’s a clean environment. People carry germs wherever they go and the more people in your office means more of those lil bastards ready to attack. You’re an easy target when you have nowhere else to go during that nine-hour haul working for the man. The chances of getting sick are even greater if there is no air circulation system in the office either. Talk about a safe environment.
You want to live, don’t you? Does it not seem ridiculous enough that you can’t persuade yourself to leave that shitty desk job behind for a life on your own terms? If it is the fear of the unknown that is stalling you from making 2016 the year of change then at least take action for your own health.
Let’s just leave this article with a quote from the Dalai Lama:
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”