Stress-Busting Tips for People Who Work Long Hours at the Computer

It’s the start of National Stress Awareness month and the stress of working at the computer for many hours per day can kink a person up without you realizing it. it’s easy to feel sore and cramped all over after a few hours of working straight on the computer. One great way to loosen up your stiffened joints and stressed muscles is to do a little yoga in place.

But if you don’t fancy yoga, you can do an online search for some quick perk-me-up exercises especially made for desk workers like you. These routines usually require only five or ten minutes to complete. You can even perform some of the moves right from your chair. Exercises are excellent when you need to de-stress and relieve your tension while sitting at your desk and working in the office.

Have Change in Scenery

Mobility truly does open up a world of options for you these days. You can easily take advantage of public wi-fi services and bring along your laptop and set office at the nearby park. You can also do your work at the zoo or the beach, or at some other location where you won’t feel bored or cramped. Have you tried working at a coffee shop? Many other people like you prefer working at cafes where they find the music, the aromas, and the ambiance lend itself to relaxing productivity.

Take a Break and Just Chat Online

Similarly, you can exchange jokes and lighthearted posts with friends and make yourself available through messenger. They can provide you relief from the tedium of work or other annoyances. Just remember not to get so distracted you won’t be able to finish your work for the day. And most importantly, don’t feed the trolls. Keep your interactions neutral, try not to engage in anything controversial as they are breeding grounds for individuals just looking to cause strife for no other reason than the strife itself. Cats are safe and popular. The Egyptians worshipped them, and the internet has taken up the mantle of adoration. Find some cute kitty videos to zone out to for a bit to let the stress melt away.

Listen to Music

It will make your life pounding at the keyboard and staring at the monitor less boring. Create a playlist with all your favorite songs that you can sing or hum along with. Another alternative is to listen to radio broadcasts over the Internet. I find that I write better to do wop and Sinatra while I code better to 80’s pop. Find the music that works for you.

Read with Your Ears

Lastly, you can opt to get the audio book version of the books you’ve been meaning to read when you get the time. You can now "read" with your ears as you work. If you would rather work on self-improvement, pick inspirational messages or some other motivational materials so you can teach yourself to remain at ease and composed even in the midst of those things that cause you stress. Some audio items are said to have the capability to calm the listener and affect the brainwaves.

In the end, take care of yourself and be mindful of the stress you are under. As a matter of fact, practicing mindfulness in any small way can go a long way to combating the effects of stress. Take this month to find the ways that work for you to reduce your levels of stress and increase your overall peace.

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