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Ease Office Aches and Discomforts in 5 Minutes

By Bigg Success Staff
03-11-08

Work – Life Balance

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Is your neck starting to feel tight? Get away for five minutes.

Are your eyes feeling strained? Walk away for five minutes.

Do you feel some discomfort in your wrists? Move on to something else for five minutes.

You get the idea. When you feel discomfort, strain, aches or pains, change your activities for five minutes!

But that’s not good enough!

Set an alarm
Remember the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?”

Set an alarm for every hour on the hour. When the alarm goes off, change your routine for five minutes!

It doesn’t mean you have to quit working. Have a quick conversation with a co-worker about that project on which you’re both working. Organize your Inbox. File away papers. Make a phone call. Just do something different from what you’ve been doing.

But actually taking a little break from work may be just the ticket! Try to do that at least every other hour. Take a short walk. Stretch. Focus on something far away to give your eyes a break. Talk to somebody. Do something you enjoy.

Wrong perception
There’s a perception that, because office work doesn’t require physical labor, office workers don’t need a break. This perception exists even among many office workers! But the repetitive tasks you perform at your desk may be just as taxing on your body as physical labor.

Besides that, getting away from it all for a few minutes every couple hours will make you more productive when you come back. A little refresher keeps things in perspective. Research shows that just changing your scenery for a short time makes a difference in productivity.

So change up your routine for five minutes every hour – you’ll find that you feel better and be more productive!

Speaking of which, it’s time for a break!

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