How does office stress affect you? Take a look at what Reader’s Digest has to say about stress in the workplace:
“Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than any other life stressor — even more than financial problems or family problems.”
Why exercise at the office? Well, it’s been shown that exercise can greatly reduce stress levels. The Mayo Clinic outlines a few benefits achieved from exercise in reducing stress:
“It pumps up your endorphins. Physical activity helps to bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Although this function is often referred to as a runner’s high, a rousing game of tennis or a nature hike also can contribute to this same feeling.
It’s meditation in movement. After a fast-paced game of racquetball or several laps in the pool, you’ll often find that you’ve forgotten the day’s dilemmas and irritations and concentrated only on your body’s movements. As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do.
It improves your mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and lower the symptoms associated with mild depression and anxiety. This can ease your stress levels and give you a sense of command over your body and your life.”
No, exercising in the office doesn’t mean using a Bowflex! Here’s a list of some simple exercises you can do at your desk or in the office provided by Doctor NDTV. They may seem ridiculous but then again, being stressed out all the time is pretty ridiculous in my book! Try these exercises out and see if it doesn’t bring your stress level down a bit.
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