How to De-stress at Your Desk ...

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One of the biggest causes of stress is work so it makes sense that if you can de-stress at work, your life will be less stressful overall – n’est-ce pas?

Dealing with stress at your desk can mean you go home without a knot in your neck, without a tension headache and being able to look forward to a pleasant evening.

All you need is a few minutes for these things.

1. Improve Your Posture

One of the easiest and quickest ways to de-stress at your desk is to sit up straight.

This improves your posture and will give you an energy boost.2

Squaring our shoulders and standing or sitting up straight also imbues us with feelings of self-esteem and confidence.

According to research by Erik Peper, PH.D., slouching could potentially lead to depression and decreased energy levels.

The great thing is that you can practice this anywhere, anytime, at home, in the office, or on the move to a business meeting.

2. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) Boosts Inner Calm

Tensed muscles are an early warning sign of stress.

You can de-stress by adopting the Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) technique to remedy this.

PMR means consciously tensing isolated muscle groups.2

Here's an example: Tense your neck and back muscles by scrunching your shoulders up and letting your neck sink into your shoulders.

Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds, concentrating only on keeping the muscles tensed.

Now slowly release the tension, repeating to yourself a "mantra" of short words like "quiet" and "relax".

Or you could hum.

Visualize tension leaving your body.

Now sink back in your chair and enjoy that fuzzy warm glow spreading all over your body.

3. Inhale Deeply

Deep breathing can help to regulate blood pressure and control our heart rate, both measures to reduce anxiety and stress.

Here is what will help you de-stress at your desk: inhale through your nostrils while concentrating on expanding your stomach while you're slowly counting to five.

Now purse your lips and exhale through your mouth for a slow count of five.

Feeling less stressed already?

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