This time of year it is even more necessary to take more frequent breaks from all the hustle and bustle of the season.
If you are basically in a sedentary job, it is time to move away from the computer screen and take a break. Your eyes, neck, and focus will thank you for a quick break. Most of us who spend long hours at a desk in front of a computer have neck and shoulder muscles which are very tense. I found these simple stretches you can do at your desk. The stretches can improve your focus, relieve tension and stress and loosen up those tense muscles.
Research shows that if you spend 60 minutes in front of a computer you need to get up away from the computer for at least 5 minutes. What can you do in five minutes? A lot!
- Doodle/Adult Coloring books are great!
- Read a book
- Take a short walk
- Rest your eyes
- Listen to music
- Practice breathing exercises
Just a few short minutes can refresh and revive your focus!
I tried the neck stretches at my desk and my neck instantly felt better and felt more relaxed overall. I want to print these out and post in my office where I will see them and practice them every day! (several times a day!)
The neck stretching exercises were copied from Bupa, an insurance company located in the United Kingdom, website.
Next week’s Weights and Balances Newsletter will be on the importance of taking regular breaks. (December 16th)