Fit Wellness Into Your Work Day

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In today’s fast-paced, non-stop working environment, it’s easy to forget to take a pause to focus on yourself for a moment. And though it might seem like that’s time you can’t afford to spare, skipping it could cause stress-related illnesses, injury, depression or a variety of other issues that could end up sidelining you even longer.

That’s why it’s so important to keep your body and your mind as fresh as your morning coffee. Here are four of my favorite ways to fit wellness into your workday:

  1. Get up, stand up. Just because your job might require you to sit all day, doesn’t mean you have to. There are several, easy exercises you can incorporate into your day that turn your office into a makeshift gym in just a few minutes. Some offices even offer standing desks that can be raised to chest height, exercise balls instead of chairs to help with core strength and posture and treadmill desks. Whatever your setup, it’s important to get on your feet and get your blood flowing at least a few times during the day. Plus, the clock seems to move that much faster when you break up the monotony. But on the flip side…
  2. Get off your feet … if your job requires you to be very active throughout your day, that is. Wellness looks different depending on the needs and nuances of your specific job. For some, manual labor, exerting yourself or just being in constant motion at work can mean what your body needs most throughout the day is a momentary rest. Be sure to offset whatever activity you do with some quick relief to your joints and muscles by sitting down periodically. Your lower back and feet will thank you for it.
  3. Cue up some mood music. Though admittedly not possible for everyone depending on their work setting, listening to some tunes throughout the day is a great way to elevate your mindset and mood. But if working with headphones is out of the question, you can always create a soundtrack for your morning or evening commute to help pass the time. Hit it, maestro!
  4. Take a breather – literally. Guided relaxation, stretching and deep breathing exercises are an outstanding way to decompress from stress, clear your mind and improve concentration throughout the day. The key is to breathe as deeply as possible, which aids in oxygenating your muscles and entire body, for as little or as much time as you can spare. Just find the calmness technique that works best for you, and you’ll be inhaling and exhaling your way into office zen in no time.

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