How to 'Stay Woke' at Work

Wake up at Work

Summer has arrived in Cleveland which means late nights at the ball park, early mornings at Edgewater for sunrise and a lot of fun activities in between. All this excitement can lead to a lack of energy come Monday morning at the office.

You start your morning with one cup of coffee...maybe two (or even three). Nevertheless, by 2 p.m. the lull hits and you might feel tightens in your shoulders/hips and the desire for another caffeine boost is almost too hard to resist. 

Before reaching for your coffee mug, try these tips throughout the day to energize your afternoons: 

  1. If you have a desk job, avoid leaning too far forward (or backward) in order to keep your shoulders in line with your ears. This aids in keeping your spine in healthy alignment and we all know the saying, "A healthy spine is a happy spine." 

  2. Sitting for long periods of time is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes. That seems nearly impossible not to do when you work in an office. Loophole: for every hour of sitting at your desk, get up and move/stand for a minute or two. This break will also help increase blood flow and improve your focus.

  3. Sitting in an office chair is not the most comfortable position; it’s no Adirondack or Papasan, that’s for sure. While it’s common to sit with your legs crossed while you work, over time it can cause the spine to become misaligned, the pelvis to be imbalanced and spike your BP.  Instead, be mindful of how you’re sitting. Instead of crossing your legs, try sitting on the edge of the chair to switch it up and improve your posture.

  4. Deadlines, projects and meetings, oh my! If you're feeling stressed, massage your temples (that soft spot between the eye and the ear). If your chest is tight, massage your pectoral muscles to remove tightness. When your wrists are sore from typing, massage out your hands or roll them with a lacrosse ball. The massage doesn’t have to be long. Just apply pressure and rub out the tight area for 10-15 seconds to feel some relief. Massages help reduce tension & stress, improve circulation, relieve muscles cramps and promotes overall well-being. Give it a shot during your work day 

  5. If you've ever felt like you've been staring at your computer screen all day, you aren't alone. We've all had that moment where we look up and realize 2 hours have gone by and you haven't even looked away from your screen. Work certainly needs to get done but over time, starring at the computer screen for too long can cause eye strain AND brain strain. Quick remedy: avoid strain on your eyes and allow your brain a breather by looking up and away from the computer screen for 30 seconds for every 30 minutes of computer work. Brain breaks are just as, if not more than, important as coffee breaks.

  6. Feeling stressed or lacking motivation at work? Zen out at work without rolling out the yoga mat. Meditating for 2, 5 or even 10 minutes can greatly help with stress, negative emotions, and memory and help you focus. New to meditation? Grab a pair of ear buds and try a few of our favorite apps to guide you into a bliss moment at work: 

Next time you're feeling 'blah' at work, add some Zen to your day with a few options above.