By myfirstcho6600809, Apr 15 2016 08:55PM
There is no way around sitting at your desk to get work done. So what do you do when all that chair time begins to stress you out and causes pain? To help keep you focused here are five exercises you can do at your desk to help you stay focused and keep you from erupting at any given moment.
1. Extended exhale breathing — We tend to hold our breath in when we get stressed. To avoid this, sit with both feet flat on the floor and on the edge of your chair seat so your body is not pressed against the back of the chair. Inhale to a count of three and exhale to a count of six. Repeat five to 10 times. This exercise will help you release any tension you may be holding onto and will help energizing inhales flow in effortlessly.
2. Office-chair swivel — Holding on to the edge of your desk, pick your feet up and push your chair back until your arms are almost straight. Then rotate your knees to the right and left, keeping your chest, shoulders and head facing forward. The twist wrings tension out of the back muscles and stimulates the kidneys, which are considered a source of energy.
3. Head down, time out — Resting your forehead quiets the mind according to the yoga tradition. To quiet yourself down, stack your forearms on top of each other, move your chair back until your spine is fully extended, and rest your forehead on your top arm. Place your feet flat on the floor. Take between five and eight deep breaths.
4. Eyebrow massage & eye-bright acupressure — Rest one elbow on your desk and use the thumb and forefinger of one hand to squeeze the very top of the bridge of the nose. Gently press your fingers up into the brow bone and take three to five breaths. This stimulates the acupressure point known as ‘eyes bright’ it refreshes vision and clears the head. Then use the thumbs and index fingers of each hand to squeeze the skin just below the eyebrow. Hold for one breath, release, and repeat a quarter-inch further out on the brow. Keep going until you get to the outer edges of the eyebrows. This helps tension drain from the face and counteracts over-thinking.
5. Seated twist — Sitting on the edge of your chair seat with feet planted, rotate your torso to the right, draping the right upper arm over the back of your chair and bringing your left hand to the outside of the right knee. Stay in this position for five breaths, lengthening the spine on your inhale and twisting a tiny bit further on the exhale. Look over the right shoulder to get the top of the spine further into the twist. This stimulates digestion and refreshes the back muscles.