Looking for a job can be stressful. So can working at a job with stress – even if it’s just a normal amount. Tension and stress can build up in your body make your muscles sore and contributing to fatigue, headaches, and general lack of energy.
Fortunately, yoga is a great way to recharge at work. It helps you stay calm and relieves the spots where tension builds. There are several poses that are easy to do at your desk (even some that require your desk), whether you are a yoga practitioner or not. Here are three desk yoga exercises.
Stretches for wrists and fingers
If your wrists, fingers, and hands tend to become sore or tense, these stretches can help. Extend your arms to your sides or over your head. Make 5 to 10 circles inward through the wrist. Then, make 5 to 10 circles outward through the wrist.
Next, spread your fingers and close your first rapidly 5 to 10 times.
You can also counter stretch. Place your hands on your desk with the palms facing up and fingers inclined toward you. Counter stretch your forearm and wrist. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths on each side.
All of these can be done every two hours.
Seated crescent moon
If your neck and shoulder hurt after you’ve worked at a computer all day, the Seated Crescent Moon can help.
Lift your arms over your head. Stretch your fingers wide. First, lean to the right, holding for two or three deep breaths. Then, lean to the left and hold for two to three deep breaths.
head and stretch your fingers wide. Lean to the right, taking 2 to 3 deep breaths. Repeat on the left side for another 2 to 3 deep breaths.
Sit and stand chair pose
Don’t neglect your legs, either! If you’re sitting at your desk day after day, then need to be kept strong to keep your body strong. If they aren’t, particularly in the hamstrings and the glutes, we tend to use our upper back and neck to get up. That’s not good for the back or the neck, and those areas can feel it! The Sit and Stand Chair Pose and ride to the rescue.
Seat down and bend your knees at a 90-degree angle. Keep your feet flat. Press with your feet, heels first. Stand, aiming not to move your feet in toward your chair or use your arms. Yes, it may be tough at first. That’s what makes it helpful.
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