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Get Out of Your Slump: Good Posture Tips to Relieve Pain and StressDo you have a demanding boss or difficult co-workers? Stacks of work to get done and not enough time? Everyone encounters job stress sooner or later — but that doesn’t make it easier. There are many aspects of your work environment that you have no control over — but you can take action to manage stress so that work doesn’t take a toll on your well-being.

Stress Matters

Workplace stress has been linked to serious health problems — including heart attack. Your body releases greater amounts of the hormone cortisol in response to stress — stimulating an increased appetite for high-fat, high-sugar foods, and increasing fat storage in the abdomen. A study of workers coping with corporate restructuring and layoffs revealed that chronic job stress led to weight gain. Not surprisingly, consumption of high-fat, high-calorie vending machine snacks went way up during the most stressful periods. Research also shows that intense job stress is an independent risk factor for high blood pressure at work, home, and even while sleeping.

Work Mindfully

Mindfulness is a way of zeroing in on the here and now instead of ruminating over the past, mulling over the future, or doing several things at once. Give your full attention to the task at hand, whether it’s a call, a meeting, or a project. Scrolling through your messages while on a phone conference may feel productive — but in the long run, multitasking will only add to your stress and drain your energy.

Be Nice

Get to know your co-workers by asking about their weekends, inviting their opinions, and eating lunch together. Collegial co-worker relationships make the workplace more pleasant for everyone —and studies even show that a positive outlook is contagious. Offer genuine compliments. Smile frequently — it’ll boost your mood and encourage those around you to lighten up.

Communicate Well

Miscommunication is the root of many workplace conflicts. Clarify details and expectations for every job task. Check for understanding if you’re the one dishing out assignments.

Annoying co-workers are best dealt with immediately and directly — or the behavior may get worse. If your co-worker distracts you with loud, lengthy personal calls, talk with her privately instead of just getting frustrated. If it continues, speak with your manager.

Shake It Off

You can let yourself get wound up and upset about things that happen at work — or you can respond differently. Instead of stewing about a project that was dumped on you, could you view it as an opportunity to showcase your skills, talent, and teamwork — or speak with your supervisor? Instead of letting one grumpy customer get you down, can you focus on the 50 grateful customers you helped today? Take a few full, deep breaths to clear your mind and proceed down a more positive path.

Practice Smart Self-Care

Regular exercise and good nutrition — along with time for fun and relaxation —boosts your ability to cope with stress. And when you’re well-rested, stressors are more manageable. Consider taking a walk at break time, or meeting a friend for lunch. Learn relaxation breathing and stretching exercises to do at your desk. Choose high-energy, nutritious foods for meals and snacks. Cultivate a healthy sense of humor; look for the laughable moments in everyday life at work.

Get Help

If your best efforts don’t reduce your stress and talking with your manager doesn’t help, seek advice from your human resources department or employee relations representative. Some employers offer employee assistance programs (EAP) that provide confidential, 24/7 phone consultation with professional counselors for personal matters and workplace issues. If your employer offers this benefit, don’t hesitate to use it.

Make a Change

Life is too short to spend it in a toxic workplace — and living with chronic stress isn’t a long-term solution. No job is stress-free, but if your current job isn’t a good match for your interests, talents, and goals, create a plan to move on. Paint a realistic picture of your dream job by talking with others in your desired line of work before you make the leap.

Additional Resources
The American Institute of Stress

UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


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Considering the amount of time we spend in the office, at home or in some coffee shop working feverishly over a computer for work, it is important that we do it as healthily as possible. The right temperature, proper lighting, calming colors and a little greenery will go a long way to keeping you healthy at work apparently.

A little can go a long way, and there’s perhaps no place where this is more true than in the office. Seemingly small adjustments to things such as the thermostat, lighting, and furniture can make a world of difference in creating a healthy and productive workplace that helps to retain employees. In fact, 1 in 3 workers say they accepted or left a job due to the condition of the building and/or amenities offered.

Click below for an enlarged image of the infographic and get some easy tips on keeping employees (and yourself) happy and healthy — without spending a lot of money!

Anatomy of a Healthy Workplace

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stk134391rkeBack pains, eye strain, wrist problems…the modern work environment has a whole host of health issues built into it. Without having the right office setup, you can find yourself suffering from aches and pains that can make the workplace feel unbearable. The wrong setup can cause stress, aching and physical pains that may lead to irritation and even serious health issues. The good news? A lot of these issues can be fixed simply, easily and without much effort at all.

Office ergonomics is the focus on how to make your work space more efficient, by changing the physical aspects that may be holding you back. Here are some basic changes you can make to ensure a more productive workday and less at home pains.

Your Wrists

People have funny ways of holding the mouse and even stranger ways of typing. There’s nothing wrong with being unique, but improper form can cause wrist pains and even carpal tunnel. Try keeping your wrists and forearms straight while typing and keep your wrist slightly elevated while using the mouse, so it isn’t angled. If possible, consider buying a mouse with a wrist rest.

Your Back

I’m sure your mother at some point told you to sit up straight. Throughout a long work day it may be difficult, but good posture is key to keeping your back healthy. If you are able to, adjust your chair so you are sitting with your back straight, your legs 90 degrees and your feet flat on the floor. This will help with back pains, feet pains and even keeping you more alert and active.

Your Eyes

Eye strain can become a major issue, especially if you are spending your entire day at your desk. Make sure your screen is about 20-30 inches from your face and you are facing directly forward towards it. If need be, adjust the brightness of the screen, as well as the contrast. There are certain software programs that can help with adjusting your screen for the time of day, which can be very effective with reducing the strain on your eyes.

Remember, strange and awkward angles may feel good for a few minutes, but in the long run, they may cause health issues. If you’re feeling restless, stand up every once in a while and move around a bit. Stretch and relax; then sit back down with your back straight, wrists straight and head facing forward. These tips may seem pretty simple, but they could be the difference between a productive day at work and a rough day with serious pains.

© 2014 Tiffiny Marinelli, Energy in Motion

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