#2 of the Stress
Watch how a cat stretches after a nap. Sometimes
(not often enough) we stretch in a similar manner. It's an overall
feel-good movement. Stretch from the fingertips to the toes, including
the face (yawning takes care of that). Be careful not to over-stretch
though, especially after longer periods of inactivity. Stretching
should not hurt.
Remind yourself to stretch at work by writing
"STRETCH" on a post-it note and sticking it on the computer monitor
frame. Every once in a while you're bound to notice it. Gently stretch
the muscles and tendons in your fingers, wrists, neck/shoulders, back,
If it's available, take a Tai-Chi or Yoga class.
b) Simple Exercises
A very simple exercise and an excellent stress
relief technique is walking. It doesn't require a lot of focus and can
easily be incorporated into your workday, no matter how pressed for
time you are.
When you feel frustrated or anxious, engage in
some form of physical activity. Take a brisk walk around the block,
through your workplace, or up and down the stairs. Use
up the adrenaline that's going through your bloodstream before it
negatively affects your health.
#3 of the Stress
Laughter is the best medicine
Laughing reduces the level
of stress hormones. It also triggers the release of health-enhancing
hormones like endorphines, which are the body's natural painkillers.
Have something in your workplace that
automatically makes you smile, like a funny picture or a goofy toy.
Keep a joke book at hand and use it often. An extra bonus is that laughter
is contagious and it feels great to have a deep belly
#4 of the Stress
Take a nap! Research
shows that a 15-30 minute nap in the afternoon increases alertness,
improves cognitive functioning and reduces stress.
is also important. Studies suggest 7 to 8 hours per day, every day. The
effects of lost sleep are culumative and can result in impaired:
reaction time, vision, information processing, and short-term memory.
#5 of the Stress
well-balanced meals and take appropriate
Vitamins and Minerals to make sure your body is adequately nurished and
Maintain a healthy bodyfat/muscle ratio. If necessary, concentrate on
loosing fat instead of just loosing "weight". Being skinny doesn't
automatically equate being healthy. The rapid weight-loss of starvation
diets is mostly due to dehydration and muscle-loss, and can cause
weakness and even serious illnesses.
#6 of the Stress
Remind yourself to maintain basic proper posture.
If you sit most of the time, adjust the chair according to your body
proportion. Keep your feet flat of the floor. Your ribcage should not
rest on the hip joints.
Straighten your spine but don't hyper-extend. Move
your shoulders back, and take pressure off the spine in your neck by
keeping your head aligned with the rest of the spine.
#7 of the Stress
Some of the documented benefits of massage are: muscle
tension relief, heightened concentration, better sleep, and decreased
fatigue, anxiety and depression.
a) Implement a Chair
Massage Workplace Wellness Program to combat job stress.
It's convenient, fast and instantly relieves muscle tension in
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b) If you have the time, treat yourself to a Table Massage.
c) Self Massage. Place two tennis balls in a sock
and tie off the end. Stand with your back to the wall, place the balls
on either side of your spine. Slowly move up and down in a squatting
movement, pressing against the wall and rolling the balls up and down
#8 of the Stress
Watch out for Information Overload
Do you really need to know every detail, be part
of every meeting, or read every piece of information you come across?
Give your brain a rest.
#9 of the Stress
everything needs to be taken care of right now. Recognize the
difference between what is urgent and what is important.
#10 of the Stress
Don't sweat the small stuff.
Simplify your life and learn to say "no". Accept help when it's offered
or ask for help if you feel overwhelmed.
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