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7 ways to address stress at your desk

Posted on by Nicole M. Hagen

 

Managing daily stress is important for both your physical and mental well-being. Did you know you can take steps to manage stress right from your desk?

Many people spend more time at their desk than anywhere else, causing circulation to slow down and muscles to tense. Tack on the daily stressors of the workplace and your health could suffer.

Don't wait for stress to have a negative effect. Address stress at your desk with these tips:

  1. Breathe
    The 4-7-8 Breathe (also known as the Relaxing Breath) is the perfect, portable stress antidote. First, exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. Then, close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Finally, exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight. Repeat.
  2. Move around
    Take some short walking breaks, whether it’s to get some water or to go to the copy machine. Stand up when you’re on the phone occasionally, to use your muscles and release tension.
  3. Take eye breaks
    Having a visual resting spot is important. Look away from the computer and paperwork regularly and focus on distant objects. Special photos, an inspirational quote, or artwork at your desk can give your eyes and mind a break from work.
  4. Nourish your body
    Eating the right foods throughout the day can make a difference in how your body handles stress. Snacking on fruits, vegetables, and nuts are great ways to handle the demands of the day.
  5. Declutter
    When your desk is covered with paperwork, it can feel overwhelming and contributes to stress. Order to your work space keeps you in control and ready to tackle the day.
  6. Prioritize
    When daily tasks pile up, stress levels rise to meet the increasing demands. Pausing to prioritize these tasks and let go of those that are less important, can be a powerful stress reducer.
  7. Ask for help
    If the stress of the work day becomes too much, ask for help. Sometimes talking with someone about your stressors can make them more manageable.

LG Health offers a free, one-hour community program, Understanding and Managing Stress, designed to help you identify the stressors in your life and how they may be affecting your health. Learn how to change your thoughts to alleviate stress, along with simple techniques to manage daily stress. Click here to learn more.

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Nicole M. Hagen is a sports nutritionist with LG Health Physicians Sports Medicine. Education: M.S. in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Public Health—University of Bristol, England. Certified as a personal trainer, and in spinning and BodyPump.

 
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