Good Day Workaholics!
Every Monday, I will be posting some information about Yoga at the workplace to try and assist you, the office goer, money spinner, bread winner with some tips on how to use Yoga at your workplace.
“Tough times don’t last; Tough people do”
We are half way through February! Wow, where has Jan gone? How are you doing with you resolutions for 2016? Be honest? Are you still giving your fitness goals a priority? Healthy eating habits are still on going? Long work hours are slowly creeping in? Are you managing to find the work life balance you had promised yourself? I call it “Walking the tight rope”, its a rope that sways and jolts and wants to drop you off it, and its very easy to fall off. How do you find the balance between giving 100% at work and also have fun in life along with exercise and healthy living. Thats an answer you have to find for yourself and prioritise what is most important for you. Burning the candle at both ends can cause tiredness which in turn can cause a lot of stress at work! It is very important to manage stress levels at work. Stress can cause health issues, ulcers, hair loss, sudden changes weight, relationship issues.
How does Yoga help manage stress.
Firstly lets understand stress. Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it’s an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. When we practice Yoga, and holding Asana for a certain length of time, we are putting our bodies through stress and trying to consciously manage the reaction of our body and mind. We do that by bringing our awareness to our breath as we practice. We can use that technique even when we are in a stressful situation anywhere especially at work. At the very instance stress hits you, remember to breathe! Use the breathing techniques to allow the oxygen to get to your brain and enable you to think of what you need to do.
But for general day to day life stress management, here are some pointers. Make sure you find that work-life balance. Try and leave work worries at work, dont dwell on them at home. Manage to get ample sleep. Exercise at least 3-4 times a week. Hydrate, especially at work. Take up a hobby. Listen to music. Make time to play with your children. Meditate.
Stress can collect around your shoulders and cause you to hunch. So here’s a few tips on how to release the stress from the shoulders.
Sitting straight, shrug your shoulders, all the way up to your neck, and then push them down, past your normal shoulder level for exaggerated effect. Do that two or three times and as often as you like at work!
Roll your head slowly clockwise and anti clockwise.
Bring your right ear to your right shoulder, hold, then your left ear to your left shoulder. Do that two or three times.
Sitting tall on the chair, bring your hands behind your back, over the backrest. Interlock your fingers, roll your shoulders down and push your hands down towards the floor. If you are sitting in a chair with a moving back, make sure you don’t lean back, your back needs to be straight to give you a maximum stretch on your shoulders and hands. Now move the hands up as far up as you can (your hands are still behind you). Do this without leaning forward.
Then bring your left hand behind your back, right hand all the way up and back to hold your left hand behind your back. Take three slow deep breaths, expanding your lungs with air. Do the same on the other side. Gomukhasana.
Sitting straight, bring your left hand over to your right shoulder and hold the back of the chair, so you do a twist. Do the same on the other side.
Try and use these little techniques to help you manage your stress levels and also remember don’t hunch, stand tall and have a stress free day!