I hear it all the time. Office stress is the pits! Especially if you’re plugging away at an office job for a living. We all know the inherent stressors that are found sitting in front of a computer for 40+ hours a week – you’re not feeling particularly excited to be at work so you begin to feel your body slouching and your shoulders round forward, which dampens your mood even more. And to make matters worse, you have the added stress of deadlines to meet. If fatigue and frustration haven’t kicked in by now, you’re bound to be after a day’s work. Oddly enough, tension lingers your neck and shoulders down to your arms and fingers during your nights and weekends away from work.
Being far away from your office job on vacation is obviously the desired way to escape office stress, but learning some easy methods to cope and prevent mental and physical strain will increase your longevity and vitality.
1. If work has you glued to the computer, then move around in your office chair to keep the body in motion and prevent stiffness and discomfort from stagnation.If your company’s office culture allows it, use a standing desk so you don’t have to sit for hours on end.
2. Take 1-2 breaks every hour for 5-10 minutes at a time. Do not overlook or skip these breaks. I highly recommend scheduling these breaks into your planner or on an alarm. Physically leave your desk to drink water and mentally break away from the tasks you were working on. It will actually help you get things done by keeping your mind fresh.
3. Stretch the tension out of your body. Google video clips or articles on specific stretches for your tension areas. Stretch twice a day in the morning and evening, and ideally at work for short periods of time. It’ll boost your performance!
4. Breathe. Deep inhale, deep exhale. Repeat until you feel refreshed and present to the moment. It really does help by encouraging more concentration and vitality, especially since you are sitting still.
5. Find a healthy, balanced way of sitting.
How does your office job affect you both mentally and physically? What do you do to deal with office stress? Any tips to share with us?