At the end of some work days, it feels like we just ran a marathon. This tension doesn’t just affect our bodies but our minds too, and by the time we get home, we’re a bundle of knots with zero energy. Below are some tips to energise and regain focus during the work day so that you can feel better at the end of them.
My yoga teacher preaches that listening to yourself exhale alone sends endorphins through your body and helps chill you out. Never mind the oxygen that low, controlled (ujjayi) breathing brings into your system to wake us up (…or control your temper around a passive-aggressive colleague). HOW TO DO UJJAYI BREATH: Take an inhalation that is slightly deeper than normal. With your mouth closed, exhale through your nose while constricting your throat muscles. If you are doing this correctly, you should sound like Darth Vader.
Make time to stand up from your desk a few times during the day. It gets the blood and oxygen flowing, and help prevent spine damage that constant sitting can cause. Standing desks, that means no chair ladies, are a BIG TREND right now with major companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook and AOL offering it as part of their wellness programs. It turns out that standing is a healthy way to increase our posture and improve productivity!
When we bring awareness into our bodies (and away from our PowerPoint presentations) it’s easy for us to notice we are clenching our jaws and shoulders and creating future knots. Release them by having a good shakedown. A quick up and down of your shoulders can also work wonders!
We hunch at our desks, in our cars and you’re probably doing it right now as you’re reading this! A great way to reverse this forward lean is with a backwards prayer pose (which is exactly as it sounds!) 1) Put your hands in prayer position the normal way 2) Now do it behind you back. Au Revoir Grandma hump!
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I struggle finding internal harmony at the best of times- let alone when I can hear my boss’s voice. A great way I find peace in 2 minutes is by putting on my headphones and listening to one of my favourite meditation app Headspace—created by a former Buddhist monk, is all about accessible meditation!
The hardest part of doing anything consistently is developing the habit. Habit is born from repetition so don’t just tell yourself you’ll take energising breaks. Instead, set a reminder on your computer so you know when it’s time to refuel. Pick a duration and a time that you can stick to; 10 minutes, 2 minutes, or even just 30 seconds! Doing anything daily, even for the shortest time, will help it become a habit.