It’s happening again. That familiar feeling makes itself known as your heart starts to beat a little faster than usual, and that healthy, organic lunch you had feels like a boulder in your stomach. The overwhelming amount of work piling higher and higher on your desk is just too much to handle. If only you knew that a few deep breaths or gentle stretches could calm your nerves. Nevertheless, there’s plenty to do, so you edgily get back to work and try to swallow your stress.
Sometimes we all just need a minute to catch out breath. With workers pounding out powerpoint after presentation after pricing analysis all day long with no break, going a little crazy is bound to happen. While most do not have the option or funds to take a vacation from work, a mental vacation is a more cost effective and work-friendly way to ease the pressure. Studies suggest that for every hour of sitting, there should be ten minutes of movement. Hatha Yoga and meditation can help get employees back to work refreshed and ready to power through.
There was recently an article released regarding higher amounts of young people having heart problems. The main reason was stress, and for a young person trying to find a job, start a job, or keep a job, the stressors are numerous. Despite the fact that a problem with your heart is more serious than a cold, both can keep you out of work. Less stress equals less sick days, and less sick days equals more work getting done. The amount of sick days and ailments an employee has can be detrimental to not only their well-being but to the company as a whole.
For office workers that understand the benefits of yoga and meditation but can’t find a way to implement it in their 9-5, below are some tips to get started:
1. Breathe deep: Sit up straight and take deep breaths (about three seconds in, six seconds out) for about three to five minutes. Take notice of your slowing heart rate and anxiety reduction.
2. Seated yoga: Sit up straight in your chair and place feet flat on the floor. Hold your arms out and clasp hands together, turning your palms outward. Raise your clasped hands over your head and stretch up towards the ceiling. Hold this pose until your body feels less tense.
3. Full out hatha yoga: If it wont get you fired, see if there is an empty room you can occupy for several minutes and do some hatha yoga poses and stretches.
Coworkers might be taken aback at first, but they’ll be crow posing all over the place once they see how well adjusted you’ve become.