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Stretch your way to happiness

Stretch your way to happiness

It feels good to stretch...like really good...but how many of us actually do it at work?  When we’re so busy we barely have time for lunch, let alone striking a yoga pose in the middle of the office! But recent studies have shown that if we take care of ourselves, we’ll feel happier and more motivated at work.

Whether it’s taking regular breaks, having an ergonomic workstation or stretching out your muscles – you’ve got to be feeling good to get great results.

Here’s a few quick and easy exercises to invigorate and energise you in no time. And they’re guaranteed to not make you a laughing stock in the office...your workmates might even join in!

Breathe

It’s a no brainer, right? Wrong. We actually need to slow down and concentrate on breathing properly. Close your eyes. Inhale while counting to four, then exhale while counting to seven...repeat five times...it’s harder than it sounds, but will get you in the right headspace.

Neck stretch

An oldie, but a goodie. Sitting at your desk, slowly tilt your head to one side – you’ll feel a gentle stretch down the side of your neck. Repeat on the other side.

Wrist stretch

Time to give those fingers a rest too. While seated, put your right arm straight out in front. Grab the fingers of your right hand with the left and slowly bend them backward. You’ll feel a nice gentle stretch along your forearm. Hold, then switch to the left arm. 

Lower back stretch

Although it might look like you’re just having a nosy at your neighbour, this is actually a really good stretch...Sitting in a chair, with your feet flat on the floor, twist your body so that you are looking over your right shoulder. Only twist as far as is comfortable. Hold, then switch to the other side.

Upper back stretch

Here’s the lucky-last stretch to get you feeling chipper. Sitting in a chair or standing, grasp your hands behind your back. Gently pull your hands down towards the ground, while squeezing your shoulder blades. You’ll feel the stretch across your upper back.

     

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