“Remove stress from the body and the body regenerates itself.”

A Mindful Minute

Simple Approach to Relieving Stress at Your Desk

If you work at a desk and your stress level is high, take a moment (or a few) within your day to sit back, starting from a front-to-back, slowly roll your shoulders up toward your ears. Then take a deep breath from your diaphragm (muscle that supports inhalation) by inflating your belly as far as you can- I like to hold my hand over mine to bring my full awareness to my breath. Hold for 2 -1 thousands and release your breath slowly while thoughtfully counting backwards from 5.

5-4-3-2-1…where are your shoulders now? Do you feel a change?

This technique allows you to be conscious of your breathing, which interrupts the effects of stress by relaxing the central nervous system, while rekindling the mind/body connection.

Congratulations, you’ve just taken the first mindful step in managing your stress and caring for your body which means you’re one step closer to stress-free living!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vanessa Yee 

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