5 Ways to De-stress at the Desk
Sitting at the desk all day is tough on the body and the mind. After a few hours, it is common to feel stiffness in the body and mental fatigue. Take a moment to pause and recharge to feel more energized and focused throughout the day.
Feel your seat on the chair. Feel your spine straighten and lengthen. Bring your shoulders to your ears, and drop them down the back. Take 3 deep breaths.
Breathe in for 2 seconds and exhale for four seconds. The exhale activates the parasympathetic nervous system and tells our body and mind to calm down. Bringing awareness to the breath brings us into the present moment.
2. Alternate Nostril Breathing
This breath helps balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain and is great when you need to pause and redirect what tasks you are working on.
Benefits of Nadi Shodna (alternate nostril breathing):
Lowers heart rate, stress, and anxiety
Balances right and left hemispheres of the brain
Improves lung function and endurance
Stimulates digestion and metabolism
Purifies and balances the body
Rejuvenates the mind
3. Gentle Movement
Take a few cat and cows to release tension in the back and shoulders.
Take a moment to stand and do downward facing dog. This brings blood flow to the brain to increase energy and concentration levels.
4. Finger Tapping
Touch the thumb to each finger on your hand
Each time your thumb touches a finger, repeat a grounding phrase to yourself
Ex. I am safe, I am breathing, I am here, etc.
This brings us out of the mind and into the body. This brings us into the present moment.
5. Take 5
Give small, simple tasks for the mind to focus on. Draw attention into the present.
Find 5 things you can see
Find 4 things you can touch
Find 3 things you can hear
Find 2 things you can smell
Find 1 thing you can taste