Words: Danielle Williams
For those of us who sit in an office or at a computer for over six hours a day, stretching and exercising often feels like an evasive task on the to-do list. It’s easy to start an assignment one minute and, the next time you look at the clock, a couple hours have disappeared. To combat this, I aim to take a stroll outside my office building every morning.
Ideally, I walk, breathe deeply, and empty my mind for about 10 minutes, but any available time you have is beneficial.When I set aside time to do this, I’ve noticed how much better my body and mind feels throughout the day and evening. I am more energized, feel less bloated and out of shape, and have a clearer mindset, making me more productive and cheerful in the office.
Walking is only one example to jumpstart your body and mood. Below are a few suggestions for bringing awareness and self-care practices into your work environment:
● Easy yoga poses. A quick Google search will show you countless yoga poses you can do in your desk chair or standing next to your desk. Take five minutes to develop your own routine.
● Essential oil diffuser. For a calming, stress-free atmosphere, set up a diffuser on or near your desk and use a subtle oil blend. Make sure to check with your surrounding coworkers first.
● Tea and a decorative mug. Stash a box of your favorite tea blend and a pretty mug so you can make yourself a soothing cup whenever you’re feeling sluggish.
● Quick pampering. After making a body lotion, body butter, or lip balm recipe from Willow and Sage, store some in a small container and bring it to the office for a simple pick-me-up throughout the day.
Do you have any go-to activities to help you through the work day? Share them in the comments below!