Welcome to today’s guest blogger Lisa Birnesser, a stress relief coach from Tennessee

Self-care can be the farthest thing from your mind when you are pushing a deadline at work. Unfortunately, working several hours without a break is pushing your health to its limits.

A recent study from scientists at Tel Aviv University had research to support that derriere muscles were shrinking due to inactivity. Other factors were lack of activity and poor diet. The fact of the matter is sitting at your desk for a long period of time can take a toll on your health. Whether you work from home or the office, you can make choices to take care of yourself during the day.

Here are some tips to keep active and take charge of your day:

Stand up. It’s that simple. Time can fly when you have your head down buried in your work. Remind yourself at least once per hour to just stand up and stretch at your desk. Better yet, walk around your office. This will help get some blood flowing and regain your focus.

Bottoms up. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water during the day. The first thing most people reach for is coffee when they feel sleepy. You might actually need water instead. Watch the amount of caffeinated drinks, especially after 3 pm. Extra soda, tea or coffee can add to anxiety and the jitters.

Get properly seated. Does your desk chair fit you properly? Office chairs are not one-size-fits-all. Many cubicles contain the same size desk and chair. Home offices sometimes begin at the kitchen table. It’s important, however to get a desk and chair that meet your needs. It’s not only a business investment, it’s important for your health and well-being.

Eat healthy. It’s easy to skip breakfast and grab food on the run when you are in a hurry. You quickly lose track of what fuel you put in your body during the day. One tip that I use is to cut up and prepare food before the work week begins. Try to cut up vegetables such as carrots, celery, peppers and place in small snack bags. Grab fresh fruit and prepackage nuts or trail mix.

Take breaks.  Value your body and mind by taking scheduled breaks during the day. Giving yourself space during the day allows you to fill your energy tank and deal with stressful issues head on. Do what relaxes you’re the most. Maybe it’s taking a walk or hanging with coworkers. You can also get away by listening to relaxation recordings to give yourself a mini-vacation.

Whatever you choose, make sure you add  one  or more of these essential self-care tips to your day.

Lisa BirnesserFor over 25 years in the health care profession, Lisa Birnesser has studied stress relief techniques and have helped thousands of people reduce stress in their lives. Lisa specializes stress management coaching for entrepreneurs.

1 Comment

  1. Catherine on February 20, 2013 at 12:16 am

    Great post, Lisa! Thanks for guest blogging. I really need to work on the takes breaks part. Fortunately the dogs are here to remind me if I forget for too long 🙂

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