Release Stress in the Office (Part 2 of 3)
As we discussed in Part 1, we find that stress frequently manifests itself in tension in the neck, shoulders, upper back and in the eyes and face. Here are a few more quick stretches to help ease your eyes and face tension. When I used to work in an office, I found that I would do all of these in just a few minutes right at my desk, and then continue with my work, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!
OK, here we go….. Sit back from your desk (or your computer screen, or tablet, or phone, or, or, or…..)
Let’s see about your eyes:
1. Look straight ahead. Turn your eyes as far as they will comfortable go to the right. Take a breath. Then, turn your eyes as far as they will comfortably go to the left. Repeat 2 times. Look straight ahead. Turn your eyes to look up as far as you can comfortably go. Take a breath. Then, turn your eyes to look as far down as they will comfortably go. Repeat 2 times.
2. Look straight ahead. Turn your eyes to look up at the upper right corner of your head. Take a breath. Then, turn your eyes to look down to the lower left as far as you comfortably can. Repeat 2 times. Look straight ahead. Repeat the above, but begin with looking at the upper LEFT corner of your head and going to the lower right. Repeat 2 times.
REMEMBER – NO STRAINING – GO ONLY AS FAR AS YOU CAN COMFORTABLY GO. If your eyes begin to burn, close your eyes tightly for 2 or 3 breaths, and then open them and resume.
Ready to face your face? Here we go…..
1. Open your mouth as far as it will go, then stick out your tongue as far as IT will go, as though attempting to touch your tongue to your chin. At the same time, gaze at the tip of your nose. Take several breaths through your mouth (feeling silly yet? Good! Have a good laugh and do it again!) Repeat.
2. Repeat #1, this time gazing at the spot between your eyebrows. Remember – GAZE, not stare – you should feel no strain in your eyes.
Ps – if you feel uncomfortable doing this at your desk with other people near you, try the restroom or supply room! (of course, you could just forge ahead, and see how many other people want to learn to do what you are going!)
If you feel you become tired before completing the entire series, do each exercise 1 time, and later, when you can do so comfortably without becoming fatigued, increase the repetitions to 2 or 3.
Look for the 3rd and final in our series on Stretching to Release Stress in the Office – Releasing Tension in Your Neck!
(Click here to read Part One)
Alison Sue Adams
Instructor, Coach, and Author
Sue is a Master Life Coach specializing in working with groups to release past trauma and move them forward in life.
Sue has nearly 30 years of experience as a bodyworker working with mind-body connections, including visualization and dialogue along with hands-on bodywork, to release emotional trauma in the body and mind. She has worked with infants, children, adults and families in individual and group settings.
Sue is known locally as, “the therapist’s therapist.” Her first book is titled, “Muscle Energy Technique Made Easy for Healthcare Professionals”.