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Running your own business or working in highly pressured office takes its toll on your health.
Have you ever felt glued to your desk and computer yet because of the volume of work felt unable to get up and move around?
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork and projects you have to complete at work? And then have to rush home cook dinner and look after your family?
Do You Ever Feel Stressed And Tired At Work?
It isn’t easy to reduce workplace stress especially if you juggle the demands of parenting and work. You can feel like a hamster stuck in its wheel. Constant exposure to stress, places undue tension on your body. Long term exposure can have a detrimental effect on your emotional and mental health.
What Can You Do To Reduce Stress At Work?
To counter-act the negative effects of stress at work, for example, sore lower back muscles, tense shoulders, headaches or tired eyes practice the 3 easy-to-do yoga exercises, which you can do in your chair, at your desk.
You will feel lighter, calmer and more able to focus and concentrate and get your work done.
Practice Seated Yoga
Here are 3 simple seated yoga stretches you can do at your desk to feel revived and energised
Before you begin these simple yoga exercises, sit comfortably on your chair. Feet flat on the floor, arms hanging loosely at your side. Smile and relax your shoulders. Lengthen your spine, and breathe slowly and deeply in and out through your nose.
As with all yoga exercises, please exercise respect and patience with your body.
1. Seated Trunk Twist
Rest your hands on your shoulders and gently twist your body side to side.
Twist gently 3 – 5 times in each direction. Make sure you twist from the base of your spine and keep your back straight throughout the stretch.
2. Arm Stretch Above Head
Breathe in and slowly stretch your arms up in the air above your head.
Slowly breathe out and arch your back your back slightly.
Breathe in and as you breathe out slowly return your arms to your thighs.
Repeat 3 – 5 times.
3. Seated Cat Stretch
Make sure you have space in front of you. Sitting on your chair, bend forward and hold your ankles or shins. Arch your back, like a cat, relax and repeat 3 – 5 times. Remember to focus on your breathe and to take slow deep breaths in and out through your nose as you arch your back.
How do you feel now?
Practice these 3 simple yoga seated stretches regularly throughout your work day. They will help to release tension and stress in your back head and shoulders and make it feel easier to cope with the demands of work.
I would love to find out from you how you feel after practicing one or all three of the poses. Do you have a favourite technique,which I haven’t mentioned which you use to manage stress at work?
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