Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Work got you stressed? Just stretch!

When I worked in advertising, Wednesdays would always be one of two things—smooth sailing or utterly chaotic. Usually it was the latter as I worked to finish up the week's tasks in a timely fashion, hoping only to find time at the end of the week to prep for what's to come on the following Monday. If you work in an office right now, I'm certain you know what I am talking about. Quite simply, Wednesday can be very stressful. And stress never fosters a positive work environment. To keep from tensing too hard, I suggest you make time throughout your day for some office appropriate stretching. After all, relaxed muscles promote a relaxed mind. (You know what it feels like to stretch after a long workout!) So try the following, especially if you have an important meeting on your schedule.

1) WRISTS:  Clasp your hands together, fingers interlaced. Bend and flex the wrist for about 10 seconds, then roll them every which way for another 15.

2) SHOULDERS: Sit or stand up straight, then simultaneously lift both shoulders toward your ears. Hold for three seconds, relax and repeat two more times.

3) BACK: Interlace your fingers, then stretch your arms to the front as you rotate your palms to face away from your body. Push gently to feel a nice stretch between your shoulder blades. Hold for 10 seconds, relax and repeat two more times. Next, lift your palms to the ceiling. Push upward. Hold for 10 seconds, relax and repeat two more times.

4) NECK: Sit or stand up straight. Drop your right ear toward your right shoulder. Hold for three seconds. Switch to your left side, hold, and then drop your chin toward your chest. Repeat the sequence twice more.

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