Meditation at the Office

The office can be a stressful place. A never-ending workload, along with tight deadlines and unnecessary meetings can bring down even the most optimistic people in the workplace. Did you know that approximately 77 percent of office workers regularly experience physical weakness caused by stress? Here are a few things you can try either during your lunch break or at the end of your day.

 

Tai-Chi

Thousands of years ago, tai-chi was invented as one of the basic Chinese martial arts branches. Tai-chi can be done with both traditional and standing workstations, and is even good for those with mobility issues. Tai-chi focuses on basic stretches and breathing patterns, and can help you focus better.

 

Rocking Motion

This exercise can help you reduce stress throughout your body. Apply weight to your heels and move your hands in a downward motion and exhale. Then, slowly shift your weight to your toes and move your hands in an upward motion and inhale.

 

Yoga

After sitting in a chair for most of the day, you might feel sore and tight. A recent Harvard University study shows that yoga can reduce anxiety by 35 percent, and depression by 50 percent. Yoga is a great form of meditation that can help loosen your body and relieve stress.

 

Wrist Release

After frequent typing, this exercise can help loosen your wrists. Move your chair out and stand a couple of feet from your desk. Extend your hands out and drop your head between your shoulders. Hold your pose for about 20-30 seconds before moving.

 

Walking

If you can, get outside and get some fresh air on your lunch break. A gentle afternoon stroll is proven to help with enthusiasm and focus during the afternoon. An even better idea: bring your lunch with you. Time management skills also saw improvements when employees went outside to get fresh air.

 

Take Deep Breaths

When you feel stressed at work, close your eyes and take a deep breath. Inhale for about three seconds and hold. Then, exhale for three seconds. Continue this cycle for about a minute or until you feel more relaxed.

 

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