As a student, you probably fall into one of two categories: you love to smoke, or you hate it.

Whatever your opinion, the chances are that you have a smoker in your life; it could be a friend, a family member, or even a lecturer that’s helping you achieve the grades you need.

Below, we’ve put together some great gift ideas for the smoker in your life…


Alternatives to cigarettes

Newsflash: in May 2020, menthol cigarettes will be banned in the UK and across the European Union.

That’s bad news if you’ve got a friend who prefers menthol over traditional tobacco.

If you’re looking for a great gift idea, consider menthol alternatives from companies such as Mentholyzer.

They’re safe, legal, and ensure consumers can get their menthol kick!


An ashtray

Time for an obvious one.

Live with someone who’s always flicking their ash onto the ground when you’re in the garden, and leaving pesky cigarette butts on the floor?

Buy them a new ashtray this Christmas, and they’ll never need to do it again.

There are so many to choose from, whether you choose a spinning variety to hide the ash, a games controller novelty ashtray or a portable ashtray that sits in the cup holder of a car. Yep, that really is a thing!


Toothpaste for smokers

If you’ve got a loved one who’s conscious of their stained teeth because of smoking, always moaning on about their yellow teeth, then why not treat them to some luxury smoker’s toothpaste or teeth whitening set for their next birthday?

A little disclaimer here: you should only buy someone toothpaste if they’ve mentioned it – you’d be pretty upset if someone gave you a box of tooth whitening paste if you thought you had decent teeth. Always be sensitive!


A novelty lighter

Whilst we’re on the subject of novelty gifts, you can’t go too far wrong with a novelty lighter to give to a smoker.

Not only is this a relatively inexpensive gift, but it’s a great way to show your friend or family member that you love them – they’ll remember you whenever they light up.

Indeed, you can even buy personalised lighters nowadays with photographs or initials.


New vape flavours

Got a mate who’s made the jump from standard cigarettes to vaping?

With so many flavours to choose from, why not stock up on some of their favourites and put them in a box?

There are thousands of vape flavours on the market, and some of the strangest include hot dogs, peanut butter, beer, and Red Bull. Get experimental and your friend will love you for it!


A quit smoking book

Finally, if you’re concerned about your friend’s health, consider buying them a quit smoking book.

Again: be cautious that you don’t upset or offend them; only buy them a self-help book if they’ve already mentioned that they want to quit.

They’ll be grateful you’ve taken the time to find them a useful resource, and they’ll be more likely to read it if it’s from a loved one.


Do you have any other gift ideas for smokers? Let us know and check back soon for more.

As a student you will be tasked with writing numerous essays over the course of your degree. The first few that you write can be very daunting. There is so much to bear in mind. You must have the right academic tone and style, also grammar, spelling and punctuation must be spot on – after all, marks can be deducted for poor grammar.

Many students don’t realise this. How many marks? Well according to most universities up to 10 % of your essay mark can be influenced by poor grammar, spelling and punctuation. You don’t want to throw marks away needlessly. Of course, you will improve your academic writing over time, but you can accelerate the process by using the help of essay proofreading experts who will make sure your grammar and sentence structure are polished.

These are highly experienced academic editors who give you useful and helpful feedback on your essay. They highlight the errors you make so you can quickly improve your writing and start getting better marks sooner than learning by your own trial-and-error efforts.

Of course, you will have to pay for an essay or dissertation editing service. But it is worth the cost because of the years of experience and academic background of the editors.

Another way to improve your academic writing is by avoiding common mistakes such as using ‘researches’ as a plural of ‘research’. You should rather write ‘several research studies’ for example or ‘several pieces of research’. Another common mistake is to pad out your work to reach a word count. You add lots of filler words such as ‘in order to’ when ‘to’ will suffice or ‘to take in to account’ when ‘consider’ will do.

Or you can simply read your essay aloud and that will help you discern errors that you have made. This is simply because your brain processes the words differently when you read aloud compared to when you read and this helps unearth mistakes.

Moving away from home and into student houses and halls is daunting.

You’ve got to worry about paying bills, doing your own washing and remembering to fill the fridge every week – and hope that none of your housemates will steal your favourite yoghurts!

If you’re yet to choose accommodation for this year just yet, don’t stop reading: below, we’ve put together some of the reasons why choosing a student house over university halls makes sense…

You’ll live in the heart of the city

Being able to choose where you live in the heart of the city will no doubt give you more of a sense of community, and allow you to make new friends and build relationships away from your campus.

When you choose student accommodation Newcastle, for example, you’ll be able to select an apartment or house close to the city centre where you’ll have access to amenities like cinemas, theatres, bars and clubs, and shopping centres like Eldon Square – which is not so good news if you’re a shopaholic trying not to spend all of your student loan!

It’s often more affordable

Though the price of student accommodation will naturally come as a shock to you, you might find that private rented accommodation is more affordable than living in student halls.

Sure, all of your bills are included in halls, but the university inflates the price to accommodate this.

By moving into your own house or apartment with friends, you can split bills and save money in the process, so shop around to find the best student accommodation your budget allows.

Choose who you live with

Living in halls with a bunch of strangers who’ve been thrown together for a whole year can be tough – especially if you’re not an outgoing person who can make new friends at the drop of a hat.

The truth is that student accommodation is so random – you never know who you’re going to be living with – and the chances are that there’ll be at least one person you don’t really get on with.

By moving into a student house, you’ll be able to choose friends from your course or friends you’ve made in halls, which will result in a much better atmosphere.

The last thing you want is to share a house with someone who blasts their music all hours of the evening – when renting a house, you’ll be more comfortable knowing who you’re living with.

It feels more homely

You can either choose to live in identical flats where every bedroom and communal area is the same, or rent a house and make a home with a group of friends.

Every house and flat is different, and though they’re not all offering five-star accommodation, you can very quickly make a house a home and relax and unwind more than you would if you were living in halls.

It’s natural to feel homesick as a student, but if you’re living in a hall with strict rules on things such as posters and decorations, it can feel like you’re trapped away from your loved ones.

By moving into private accommodation, you’ll likely be allowed to redecorate and add personal touches such as posters, paintings, and photographs of your friends and family, which is going to make you feel much more at home than in a student hall.

Of course, you should check with your landlord to ensure you’re allowed to redecorate before you get out the paintbrush – the last thing you want is to be fined or asked to repaint it back to white!

Choose where you live

Another major benefit of renting from a private landlord over living in student halls is that you will have more choice over where you can live.

More often than not, student halls are super close by to campuses, which is good when you’re running late and need to get to class in a hurry, but not so good when you want to relax away from university with friends.

What’s more, if you live on campus, then it can feel like you’re never getting a break from university life, and everything you do will involve sitting around your university’s facilities, whether that’s hanging out with your new friends in the library or going for a bite to eat in the student union.

Renting a house away from campus means you’ll be able to live close to shops, bars, and food outlets or even live closer to transport links such as train stations so you can visit your family.

What’s more, you might be able to find accommodation in a more affluent area with better facilities such as gyms, parks, and tourist attractions that you can explore on days off.

You have more freedom

Though student housing firms and private landlords will hand you a list of rules, terms, and conditions, they’re often more relaxed about what you get up to than university halls.

We’re not saying that you should throw a party every weekend or cause mayhem in your local neighbourhood, but you’re probably not going to get into trouble inviting a couple of friends over for drinks before a night out.

More often than not, university halls have strict rules that you must adhere to, whereas renting from a private landlord will give you more freedom to do what you want when you want to do it, which is why it’s more popular amongst students.

Having said that, though, you should make sure you follow the rules and regulations set out by your landlord from the moment you live in their properties.

The last thing you want to happen is to be kicked out of your accommodation mid-term for breaking the rules, or worse still be fined at the end of your tenancy for not looking after your living space.

Be sensible and be grown up about your new home – and you’ll have no problems during your tenancy.

Helps you budget

Finally, a quick word on budgeting.

As a student, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that your student loan is free money, or that your parents will bail you out if you need an extra £100 for shopping.

But the truth is, student accommodation is designed to help you prepare for adult life – and a big part of adult life involves money, and budgeting accordingly.

When you move into a student house rather than halls, you’ll be responsible for payments for things like utilities, internet access, contents insurance, and a TV license – all ‘adult’ things.

It’s not easy to get to grips with money and ensure everyone is paying their fair share, but it’s a necessary evil and means that when you’re finished at university, you can move into a flat or apartment and live without having to rely on the bank of mum and dad – or get into debt.

Whatever you choose to do this year, we wish you the best of luck. Choose a house that is warm and helps you to relax and revise so you can achieve the best possible grades!

Is college worth it? The answer is “maybe not.” But it really depends on what you want to do with your career.

To make the answer to that question truly a “no,” I’m going to explain the methods and techniques you need to justify dropping out of college in the first place. I’ll also show you the companies that hire people without degrees and the jobs that have the most non-degree holders.

The best part? I will give you 0% self-help advice (which I’m sure you’re already sick of) and focus only on how-to strategies.

Let’s dive in.

How successful college dropouts think (Instead of worrying about their degree)

There’s a great interview with Elon Musk where he talks about the school he created for his children, Ad Astra. Here’s the deal: imagine you had a car engine. Your job? Take it apart.

If you attend Ad Astra, your teacher will give you a wrench and a screwdriver. Of course, they might take off the battery first so you don’t shock yourself. But after that, you’re on your own.

It’s up to you to identify the different parts of the car and figure out how to use the tools to extract them. One thing is for sure…there will be no manual explaining what a screwdriver is!

OK great… but I don’t want to take apart a car

This is the truth about college programs:

They teach you what the screwdriver is before they teach you how to use it. But in real life, you identify a problem and start finding the tools you need to solve that problem immediately.

No wasted time. If it works, great. If not, find a better tool.

Take coding for example. I am not a coder. In fact, I can barely read HTML! But if I wanted to learn how to code and start building amazing websites, I would take matters into my own hands.

Techniques that make college dropouts rock stars

Here’s the deal:

Successful college dropouts identify a problem and then get to work figuring out ways to solve it.

So if they need to program a website using PHP MySQL, they open their laptop computer and begin working on it. They watch YouTube. They participate in the GitHub community. If they get stuck while coding, they find an expert programmer on StudyGate to help with solving their problem.

What’s the bottom line?

Students that ditch college are people that naturally get stuff done. They don’t wait for the job to come to them because they are too busy learning, building, and solving problems.

Sure whatever. How do I make this real?

I’m not going to lie to you…

Dropping out alone isn’t good enough. You need something bigger to say yes to.

Here are the questions to ask yourself:

  1. Where do I spend the most of my time?
  2. What are the problems that constantly annoy me when I am doing that? Or, what problems do my friends have that I am good at fixing?
  3. How are others trying to solve these problems (and failing atm)?

If you see a problem to solve that others are willing to pay for, then you have a path to making life as a college dropout WAY better than anyone with a “safe” 4-year degree.

Places that actually hire you even if you don’t have a degree

Here are 9 companies that don’t require a college degree:

  1. Apple
  2. Airbnb
  3. Facebook
  4. Oracle
  5. Google
  6. EY
  7. Penguin Random House
  8. Costco Wholesale
  9. Netflix

Here are 7 positions that likely won’t need you to have a college degree:

  1. Commercial pilot
  2. Power-plant operator
  3. Transportation inspector
  4. Computer programmer
  5. Electronic technician
  6. Mechanical designer
  7. Marketing representative

Computer programming is big at Apple. Should I switch my focus to become a coder?

Those lists are there for context, not to provide you with an excuse for becoming a Java programmer. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to get good at it and no one will want to hire you.

Answers will come when you deeply consider those questions in the last section.


In this article, we’ve covered the difference in thinking between a college degree holder and a successful college dropout. I’ve also given you a plan to find your dropout project and some companies that would hire you EVEN if you’re not the entrepreneur type.

This is a lot better than dropping out just because school sucks since your plan will carry you.

And that’s it for my article why degrees don’t matter any more.

So if you got some value from this post, send me a tweet about it right now (@jacobhallman). I want to hear what problems YOU like solving. Even if it’s teeny-tiny, nothing is too small!

It doesn’t matter whether you’re three weeks into Freshers’ or you’re gearing up for your final term and dissertation: the chances are, you could do with a few extra pounds in your back pocket.

Let’s face it: being a student can be bloody expensive, and without the healthy bank balance, it’s easy to miss out on great social events and experiences with your friends.

Heck, you may even be thinking long-term, and want to start saving up for a car or a flat deposit when you finish your course, but how you’ll fund that is a whole different kettle of fish…

If you live in the UK, then you might take on a bar job or some temp work when studying, but there’s another option that combines your campus with an income: the student marketing firm Raptor Student Marketing is changing the game, helping students to represent some of the UK’s most well-respected brands whilst earning a little extra dough for the privilege….


Introducing Raptor…

Businesses in virtually every sector want to reach more millennials and become the brand for teenagers and students, so what better way than to offer their products and services on the ground in campuses across the country?

Raptor Student Marketing is different from other marketing agencies trying to reach young people – rather than shouting about themselves on social media, they get students to become brand ambassadors, offer free products and trials, hand out leaflets and promotional materials, and spread the word about businesses.

At a time when ‘influencer marketing’ is the in thing and Instagrammers are earning hundreds of thousands for their posts, it’s great to see a good old fashioned marketing strategy returning – and unlocking benefits and opportunities for students in UK universities.


How it works

Raptor Student Marketing works with brands across a whole host of industries and finds the most dynamic and engaging students from college and university campuses across the UK to promote their products and spread the word about their brands.

The key here is offering a unique experience – students get in on the action and encourage others to try a new drink or download an app, and it’s that human connection that helps brands resonate with audiences.


Getting involved

If you think you’d be able to help attend events and spread the word about brands, then you could be just what Raptor is looking for.

They’re always looking for new students to sign up as ambassadors, and the best part is that you’ll gain tonnes of experience that you can shout about in your CV, and develop skills that can help you in sectors like management, business, and marketing.

Get in touch with the team to find out more – and you could get a boatload of perks and keep your bank balance topped up whilst you’re having fun and making friends.

Whether you’re in your first year of college or you’re about to graduate, it can be easy to get carried away when it comes to drinking and eating out and put on weight without realising.

It makes sense – living away from home can be tough, and if you’re not used to cooking your own meals or doing regular exercise, the weight can quickly pile on and cause issues.

The most important thing to consider when you’re at college is that you’re young and your primary focus should be on your studies, but if you’re looking to shed a few pounds before you leave, or want to get into shape to better your health, then there are some things to do.

Sign up to the gym

The chances are that your college or university has an onsite gym, so sign up and start attending on a regular basis.

If you’ve got a friend to take with you, then that takes away some of the pressure of going on your own and feeling out of place, especially if you have never set foot in one. Give it a go and see what happens – you’ll be surprised by the results.


Cook from scratch

It can be so tempting to go to the local diner or pub for lunch when you’re in between classes with your friends, but cooking from scratch is the best way to ensure you’re getting all of the necessary vitamins and minerals in your diet – and eliminate unnecessary sodium, sugar and fat from your diet. Cut down on those and you’ll shift the pounds in no time at all.


Get a personal trainer

If you’re serious about improving your health and want to work with an expert to help you hit your goals, then consider working with a personal trainer, like the Southington personal trainers.

Sure, you’ll need to work hard and put in the hours after your sessions, but if you’re committed to making a change then it makes sense to have a professional on your side.

You should remember that your PT isn’t your enemy – they’re on your side and want to help you achieve your goals, whether you’re looking to drop a dress size or simply tone up.


Walk to classes

If you’ve got a car at college or you usually take the bus or get an Uber, consider walking to campus every day to get in some more exercise. Whether you’re five minutes from class or half an hour, forcing yourself to walk or cycle is not only good for your body, but it’s good for your brain, getting you into the right mindset and helping you save some money, too!


Get friends involved

Finally, if you’re living with friends in student accommodation, get them involved in your weight loss journey.

It’s so tough to do it on your own, so knowing you’ve got a friend or a fellow student in the same boat will help you to get through it. You can motivate one another, share recipes and weight-loss tips, and follow each other’s progress throughout your journey. In no time at all, you’ll be weight-loss experts, and can thank one another for your support.

If you don’t know anyone, attend a fitness class or group, or post on social media or your college intranet and see who else is in the same position – you’re not alone!


Whatever you’re trying to achieve with your weight loss goals, we wish you the very best of luck with your journey. Be sensible, be healthy, and enjoy the process. We believe in you!

Whether you’re in your first year of college or you’re close to graduating, the idea of leaving the comfort and familiarity of a university to going it on your own can be tough. Therefore, having a clear plan in place will allow you to leave your course with confidence, knowing you’ve got something lined up for after you graduate.

The truth is that every course and student is different, but there are several popular career paths to consider if you need some inspiration. Below, we’ve rounded up five of the very best to give you some food for thought.

Digital marketing

Whether you’ve been studying art, design, journalism, management or business, digital marketing is a career path that many graduates choose to enter into. With so many well-paying digital marketing jobs to consider, and a whole host of career offshoots (management, business development, sales, public speaking, training, etc), there’s no reason why marketing shouldn’t be one of your top career options post-graduation.


If you’ve got the gift of the gab and want to spend time selling products and services to the general public, then you may choose to go into sales. Whilst you don’t necessarily need a degree to get into a sales role, many firms now ask for candidates to be qualified in some sort of degree to prove their commitment and work ethic. You could do your degree in Scientology, for example, but end up selling windows and doors. The best part? Sales jobs are very easy to find and often pay commission, topping up your base salary and allowing you to pay off your student debt/save up.


Sure, this one isn’t for everyone, but getting into the police or emergency services is another great career path to consider post-University, as it’s a job for life and allows you to put your professional skills to the test. Whether you’re interested in Criminology or simply want to make a difference in your community, joining the police makes sense.


Why not help people find jobs? As a graduate, you’ll likely find that there are a whole host of roles for people in the recruitment sector, and no experience is needed to get started. You can earn a commission as you find candidates and clients, and many recruitment jobs offer strong career development – you could enter a managerial position or move into HR or marketing if you’re not interested in a long-term recruitment role after a couple of years.


If you’ve been inspired by your teachers and lecturers, then consider entering into the profession when you graduate. In the United Kingdom, schemes are in place that offers training and development and a competitive salary, and the best part is that you won’t be locked into a career for life. Many teachers move into leadership roles such as working in an industry, running their own businesses or even progressing up the career ladder to become a head teacher. In the teaching world, the possibilities are virtually endless, so give it a go and see what happens…

Let us know which career path you decide to take, and feel free to recommend your own!

Second only to studying, college or university is all about putting yourself out there and meeting new people. Not only will you want to make some new friends, but you’ll also want to go on dates and impress your potential partner so that you can make memories together and get through college as a couple. Below, we’ve put together some of the best ways to impress on a first date, covering everything from cool party tricks to dressing smartly.


Dress to impress

When you’re in college it can be tough to buy the latest designer clothes and look your best, and you don’t have to. You do, however, have to make an effort when you go on a date. Guys, wear a smart shirt and your favorite aftershave, and girls, your favorite dress and a pair of heels. Of course, what you wear will depend on where you’re going on your date – you wouldn’t want to wear heels if you’re going bowling, for example, but you wouldn’t want to dress down if you’re going to a fancy restaurant. Find a happy balance, and organize your date before going on it.


Go somewhere unique

There are so many awesome ideas for a first date, whether you’re staying on campus or you want to head off on a little adventure. You could plan a picnic in the park for example, or go see the latest movie at the cinema. If you’ve got a car and you’re living in a different city, then why not go exploring together, attending a museum or cultural landscape? If you’re serious about impressing your date, then it makes sense to put in the work for your first meeting. Who knows? It might be your only date and you might be living together for decades to come…


Show off a party trick

Let’s face it – dates can be pretty awkward. Whether you’re a first-time dater or you simply cringe every time you think about selling yourself and your assets, the truth is that nobody enjoys dating until they get into it. One of the best ways to break the ice and cut some of that awkwardness is to show off a party trick and let your hair down. Don’t know any? Not to worry. The official Meebily blog has a list of tips on how to solve rubik cubes that are designed to help you boss the Rubik’s Cube – if that doesn’t impress your date, then maybe nothing will!?


Have a list of questions

Finally, make sure you come to your date fully prepared with a list of questions. Rather than sitting in silence waiting for your starter to arrive, get to know each other and communicate. Find out what their favorite foods are, ask about their lives pre-university, and ask them to tell you a joke. Sure, you don’t want to go to a date with a notepad and pen, or sound like you’re interviewing your wife or husband-to-be, but preparation is the key to success!


There you have it – just some of the ways in which you can impress your date. Whatever you end up doing, we hope you have an evening full of romance and affection, and we wish you the very best of luck!

It’s the last phone call you’d want to hear when you’re studying at college or university – your parents are getting divorced. Whether you’re just around the corner or hundreds of miles away in another state, there are lots of things that you will need to think about, and so below, we share some tips on how to cope and get through the situation.

Tell your friends

The chances are that you’ll feel pretty down about the idea of your parents separating – so get your friends around for a catch-up, and they’ll be able to make you feel more relaxed. You could go out for drinks, organize a meal or simply have a girls’ night in watching Netflix. Surround yourself by people who care about you, and you won’t feel so alone. Talk, and be open and honest about your feelings – it’s the only way to react to something like this.

Give your parents support

Your parents will be feeling pretty down, too, and will likely be worrying about finding a divorce attorney, deciding who gets what, and where they’re going to live. Give them as much support as you possibly can, and let them know that you don’t blame them or prefer one side. You must remain impartial during this period, especially when you’re not at home, as they’ll be relying on your support and acceptance of their decision.

Go home

If you’ve got study leave or a week without any important exams or classes, consider going home to see your parents face to face. Divorce can be a traumatic and emotional time for everyone involved, and so being together with your parents might be the best idea. Again, you must try not to favor one side – they’re both going through the same emotions, so give them both the attention and love they need. If your dad is living with friends for a while, for example, then make the effort to see him – go for a bite to eat and share your thoughts and feelings with each other.

See a counselor

If you’re struggling to come to terms with your parents’ divorce, then reach out to student services and let them know how you’re feeling.

Most colleges and universities offer on-site counseling and support for students, which you can utilize to get yourself back on track. You’re not weak or childish for feeling down about a divorce, and if you’re worried that the divorce will affect your performance in class, there may be ways for you to take a temporary leave.

Get on with it

If you’re mid-way through a college course, then don’t let the news of your parents’ separation put you off working hard and achieving your goals. Stay focused on the task at hand – getting through the year and performing as well as you can. Sure, you’re going to feel strange for a while, and you’ll want to do nothing other than seeing your mom and dad, but in time those wounds will heal. Distract yourself with coursework, library visits, and your classmates.

We know that divorce is tough, but you’ll eventually come to terms with your parents’ decision to separate and will understand their reasons why. For now, focus on college, do the best you can do, and stay positive. Best of luck.

For the majority of us, sitting a desk for at least forty hours per week is the norm.  We stare at computer screens, use a mouse and type away on our keyboards.  All of these restricted, repetitive actions can caused lower back strain, headaches and can result in feelings of exhaustion.

We all have many tasks we need to complete each day, but we should not forget about our physical and mental health in the process.  It is not possible to put 100% into your work and personal life if you are not taking care of your well-being.  This is when self-care at work becomes essential.

Below are some small adjustments that you can make during the day to reduce feelings of stress, feel healthier, and have enough energy to exercise after the work day ends

#1:  Do Not Skip Breakfast!

Before heading to work, it is important that you have an energizing and filling breakfast.  This will ensure you remain alert and focused on the work tasks presented.  Some healthy breakfast options include steel cut oats, oatmeal, organic eggs made anyway you like on whole grain toast, or a green smoothie blended using spinach, kale, bananas and other fruits.

#2:  Don’t Sit All Day

Sitting throughout the day is not good for a person’s body.  Try doing what you normally do when sitting down, but do it while standing up.  You could make a telephone call or type when standing up instead of sitting at your desk.  The more a person stands during the day, the better their body feels when the work day ends – that’s a proven fact.  Also, try to take a walk around the office each hour to stretch your legs and get water.

#3: Get Better Sleep

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man, healthy, wealthy and wise. There’s a lot of truth in it, so try to get a better night’s sleep. A new mattress like this from Forty Winks could be ideal.

#4:  Stretch At The Desk

Stretching doesn’t need to be a complicated task, and there are some simple stretches that you can complete at work to keep your body pain-free.

• Shoulder Rolls

One simple stretch you can do at your desk is rolling your shoulders back and forth every twenty minutes.  People tend to hold most of their tension in the shoulders; therefore, you should envision the stressful project you are working on rolling off your body with each shoulder roll.

• Stretch The Neck

Tilt your right ear to your right shoulder and hold this position for approximately ten seconds.  Then do the same to the left side by bringing your left ear to your left shoulder for ten seconds.  Try doing this each hour to avoid any stiffness in your neck.

• Stretch Your Shoulders And Arms

It is important to stretch the shoulders and arms to avoid stiffness in this area.  This can be done by interlocking your hands behind your back and straightening your arms.  The action should immediately stretch the arms and shoulders.

• Release Your Lower Back

Releasing your lower back can be done by completing a seated forward fold at the desk.  Sit in your office chair and merely hang over your legs with your arms dangling at your side – this will relax your lower back and stretch the back area.  You can also do this standing up.

• Sit Straight Up

Posture is essential when sitting for hours at a computer; therefore, it is important that you sit up straight with your feet on the ground.

#5:  Eat Healthier Snacks

Try to avoid the vending machines at work.  While it is tempting to buy something from these machines, they are typically filled with items packed with artificial ingredients and white carbohydrates.  Tasty treats, but the poor ingredients will reduce your energy levels and leave you feeling exhausted.  Instead, you should eat healthier snacks and keep treats like almonds in your drawer.  A handful of almonds can provide you with protein to boost energy and increase your stamina.

#6:  Remain Hydrated With Water

One of the most significant tips to reduce stress at work is to drink water.  A person’s body is mostly water; therefore, to function optimally, it is important that we remain hydrated.  Aim to drink at least a single glass of water per hour.  This will ensure your energy levels are stable, and it is a good excuse to walk away from your desk to go get some water and stretch your legs.

#7:  Maintain Good Eye Health

While you may be staring into a computer for most of the day, try not to stare at the screen all day.  Good practice is to look away from the screen every twenty minutes and stare at something in the distance.  This will allow your eyes a break from being close to the computer screen.  If you don’t have things to stare at in the distance, try closing your eyes every twenty minutes – whatever feels best for your eyeballs.

#8:  Enjoy Your Lunch

Many people choose to each lunch at their desk, eating it too quickly and feeling bloated afterwards.  To maintain good health, it is recommended that you take your break away from your desk and eat healthier meals, such as salads or soups.  By enjoying your lunch break, you can recharge your mind and body preparing it to tackle projects.