Wednesday, April 9, 2008

How To Relax at Your Desk

Finding time to take relaxation breaks at a busy, stressful job may be difficult. This relaxation exercise may be practiced in a short time while sitting at your desk. Over time, regular practice will have long-term benefits.

Here's How:

  1. This exercise is performed by tensing and holding a set of muscles for a count of 5, and then relaxing the set of muscles for a count of 5. When you tense each muscle set, do it as hard as you can without hurting yourself. When you release the hold, be as relaxed as possible.
  2. Sit up straight with your back against the back of your chair, your feet flat on the floor, and your hands resting lightly on your thighs.
  3. If possible, close your eyes. You may do the exercise without closing your eyes, but doing so will help you relax a bit more. Do not clench your eyes shut. Let your eyelids fall naturally.
  4. Breathe in slowly through your nose, counting to 5. Hold the breath for a count of 5. Breathe out slowly, counting to five. Repeat.
  5. Begin by tensing the muscles in your feet. Do this by pulling your feet off the floor and your toes toward you while keeping your heels on the floor. Hold for a slow count of 5.
  6. Release the hold. Let your feet fall gently back. Notice how your feet feel relaxed. Think about how it feels compared to when you tensed the muscles. Relax for a count of 5.
  7. Next, tense your thigh muscles as hard as you can. Hold for a count of 5. Relax the muscles and count to 5.
  8. Tighten your abdominal muscles and hold for a count of 5. Relax the muscles for a count of 5. Be sure you are continuing to sit up straight.
  9. Tense your arm and hand muscles by squeezing your hands into fists as hard as you can. Hold for a count of 5. Relax the muscles completely for a count of 5.
  10. Tighten your upper back by pushing your shoulders back as if you are trying to touch your shoulder blades together. Hold for a count of 5. Relax for a count of 5.
  11. Tense your shoulders by raising them toward your ears as if shrugging and holding for a count of 5. Relax for a count of 5.
  12. Tighten your neck first by gently moving you head back (as if looking at the ceiling) and holding for 5. Relax for 5. Then gently drop your head forward and hold for 5. Relax for a count of 5.
  13. Tighten your face muscles. First open your mouth wide and hold for 5. Relax for 5. Then raise your eye brows up high and hold for 5. Relax for 5. Finally clench your eyes tightly shut and hold for 5. Relax (with eyes gently closed) for 5.
  14. Finish the exercise with breathing. Breathe in slowly through your nose, counting to 5. Hold the breath for a count of 5. Breathe out slowly, counting to five. Repeat 4 times.

from : about.com

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