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Reach for the Sky

3 Easy but effective exercises to de-stress at your desk in under a minute.


Below are ways to alleviate anxiety at work—all of which are inconspicuous enough to do at your desk when you need to take a quick mindfulness break.

1. Just breathe

Just sit up tall in your desk chair and focus on your breath, counting every exhale from 1–10. When you get to 10, start over. Repeat 6 times.

2. Give yourself a reboot

Sometimes the key to reducing stress is performing a personal restart. “It’s like turning your computer off and on again.” Staring at a screen all day is tough on your eyes (and the visual processing centers of your brain). Covering them with your hands can alleviate the physical strain.

Sit with your spine tall in your chair and your shoulders melting down your back. Then close your lids and bring the heels of your palms to your eye sockets, applying gentle pressure.

“We spend most of our day reacting to things that are outside of us, especially at work. Taking a moment to put your hands over your eyes can help you get quiet enough to hear some insight,”


3. Reach for the sky

The simple act of raising your arms above your head is great for reducing tension. Just stand with your feet at hip distance and raise your arms straight out in front of you. Next, interlace your fingers and turn your palms out. Then raise your arms until your palms face the ceiling. Lift your shoulders to your ears, and let them drop down so your neck is long. Finally, lift your ribs and spine off your pelvis so that you reach your tallest height and stay in that pose for three breaths.

“If you’re holding your breath or breathing shallowly, you’re perpetuating the stress response. [By taking] bigger inhales, you get more oxygen, which is energizing,”  And yes, this works if you’re sitting at your desk—so no need to track down an empty conference room (consider it one less thing to worry about).


Source:  Stress Less –  by Kate Hanley