Stress management & productivity at your desk: on moving (part 2).

Following on our previous article and our interview at CNNMoney Switzerland, we will guide you through your body today with a simple and quick way to release tension effectively, directly at your desk and without changing clothes. Because all you need to start living a more sustainable and empowered business life is to breathe and to move consciously, with calm and awareness. And as you will see, taking a moment to be mindful and aware of your body while you work can have a major and direct impact on your wellbeing and productivity.

Move to release tensions and prevent them from building up.

We can feel our body and we are the only who can do this for ourselves. This is why it is our own responsibility and no one else’s, to check regularly on how we are feeling physically through the day. Sure, it is easy to get lost up there in our thoughts and to operate all day long from our all mighty mind. But as long as we stay there, we are not making any connection to what our body is telling us and so we miss out on very valuable information. Though, once we start taking our body into consideration as well, we find that we can start to understand and use the signals it sends us to operate at a much higher and sustainable level. 

Once we start taking our body into consideration as well, we find that we can start to understand and use the signals it sends us.

Is your head tense and you cannot think straight? Then, look for tensions at the base.

Do you know that feeling when your head feels constricted, compressed, everything in your mind is blurry, confused and your thinking capacity seems to be momentarily unaccessible? Then close your eyes for a minute, breathe naturally and notice if you can feel any tension in your neck, at the base of your head. Softly tilt your head up and down, breathing in as you look up, breathing out as you bring your chin to the chest. Repeat 5 times. Then move your head from side to side, looking over your shoulders. Inhale as you turn to one side, exhale as you bring your head back to centre. Repeat 5 times again, breathing slowly and focusing the sensations in your neck. To loosen up tensions even further, reach for the base of your head on both sides of your neck with your fingertips and give yourself a little massage. Apply a gentle pressure with your fingers as you walk them on the area, make small circles and see if you can feel any tense spots of knots there. Keep breathing and massaging this place mindfully for a few more seconds. 

 Neck moves are a great and effective way to release tensions in the neck, thereby preventing headaches.

Neck moves are a great and effective way to release tensions in the neck, thereby preventing headaches.

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