7 Steps To Keep Your Mind Active When Working From Home

Active Body, Active Mind For Working From Home

Many of us are now working from home, this may mean that you are working from the dining room table instead of a comfortable workstation and your kitchen is now the office. Spending long periods of time sitting can cause aches and pains which is why most workplaces will provide you with adjustable chairs and desks and help you.

Experts say that we should try our best to set up an ergonomic workstation, sit with our feet flat on the floor, knees and hips at 90 degrees and the computer screen positioned so that the top of the screen is at eye level. We should also make an effort to get up at least once every hour for a couple of minutes to go for a walk, clear your head and have a little stretch.  

7 Steps To Keep Your Mind Active When Working From Home

1. Stretch Your Chest

Begin with interlocking both hands behind your back, keep them straight while pulling your hands down towards the ground. When you squeeze your shoulder blades together you should feel the stretch through your chest.

2. Gentle Neck Stretches 

You can do this one in a seated position, place your left hand on your head and gently tilt your neck towards your left shoulder. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

3. Torso Stretch 

While sitting in your chair, keep your back and head straight and interlock the fingers. Relax the shoulders and reach up over your head with your palms towards the ceiling. Take a couple of deep breaths and then lean back into the stretch to expand your chest. Hold this position for a few seconds before returning to normal. You can then repeat this stretch by leaning to one side to stretch out that side of your body. Remember to stretch both sides!

4. Shrug Those Shoulders 

Spending time hunched over a computer, we are actually shrugging and creating tension in our shoulders. Lift your shoulders up towards your ears, hold for a few seconds and slowly release. Repeat this a few times to feel the tension subside as your shoulders release.

5. Upper-Back Foam Rolling

You will need a foam roll for this exercise, they can be easily purchased and are reasonably priced. Begin by lying on your back with the foam roller underneath your upper back. Your knees should be bent, your feet flat on the floor and arms down by your sides. Lift yourself up slightly so that your buttocks is lifted from the floor and roll up and down to get into your lower neck and mid back.

6. Spiky Ball or Tennis Ball Massage 

If the foam roller doesn’t quite do the job or can’t get into the right spots, you can use a ball to help release tight muscles. With your spiky or tennis ball held up between your back or neck and the wall, move around to create a massaging effect into your tight back and neck muscles. 

7. Get Up And Move 

It is easy to lose track of time when working from home so try to make sure you get up, move around the house or the backyard and stretch to release the tension in your muscles every hour. By doing so, you will increase the blood flow and circulation in your body and have you feeling a lot better!

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