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Preventing Stress

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To reduce stress and prevent fatigue, it is important to take mini-breaks (not many breaks) throughout the day. If possible, change tasks at least once every two hours. Stretch your arms, neck, and legs often if you do the same type of work for long periods of time. Rest your eyes often by closing them or looking at something other than the work at hand. For a quick pick-me-up, breathe deeply several times by inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. In addition, always try to eat your lunch somewhere other than your desk.

Other examples of stress-relieving exercises that can be done at your desk include the following:

  • Head and Neck Stretch: slowly turn your head to the left, and hold it for three seconds. Slowly turn your head to the right, and hold it for three seconds. Drop your chin gently towards your chest, and then tilt it back as far as you can. Repeat these steps five to ten times.
  • Shoulder Roll: roll your shoulders forward and then backward using a circular motion.
  • Upper Back Stretch: grasp one arm below the elbow and pull gently towards the other shoulder. Hold this position for five seconds and then repeat with the other arm.
  • Wrist Wave: with your arms extended in front of you, raise and lower your hands several times.
  • Finger Stretch: make fists with your hands and hold tight for one second, then spread your fingers wide for five seconds.

Contact your physician or medical professional before participating in any physical activity to relieve stress.