De-Stress At Your Desk In Under 10 Minutes
The next time you are feeling overwhelmed at work, take a few minutes to yourself to de-stress. You will find that taking time to yourself is an effective way to re-focus your day and get going on the right track.
Meditation is a great way to de-stress throughout the workday. We don’t mean sitting in lotus position for an hour in your pencil skirt. Taking time out through out the day to clear your mind and be aware of the present can help you de-stress.
According to WebMD.com, “Meditation is a simple technique that, if practiced for as few as 10 minutes each day, can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation.”
Try sitting with your eyes closed while you concentrate on breathing in and out and silently repeating a word or phrase that means something to you. Or try bringing your knitting needles to work and stitch and purl a few rows, taking a relaxing stroll in between meetings or really engaging in any repetitive activity that will make you focus on the present and not that upcoming presentation, meeting or your looming to-do list.
Just say “ohm.”
That’s right, just breathe.
Deep breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing, and paced respiration, is a way for the body to break the fight or flight tension that builds up throughout the average workday.
To breathe deeply, focus on breaths that fill up the abdominals. Many times people focus on shallow breathing, or chest breathing, where diaphragms range of motion is restricted and the lower lungs don’t get the air they need. Deep breathing encourages oxygen flow. According to the Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide deep breathing is beneficial for the trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. And it can slow the heartbeat and lower or stabilize blood pressure.
Clean off your desk
Clutter has a way of doing more harm than good.
When your desk is in a state of chaos you’re more likely to lose focus and become overwhelmed and stressed due to excessive stimuli. Clutter is frustrating to be around and it can make you more stressed and less focused on your daily work. Not to mention, it can also be embarrassing. Find out more about the effect of a cluttered desk from Psychology Today.
Take five minutes and get your desk in order Not only will you have a desk your mother will be proud of, you will also find that you are more at ease and productive in your space.
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