Does your line of work involve tedious and repetitive actions like typing? Do you habitually assume a poor posture for long periods of time? These things often result in pain, numbness, and tingling sensations because of extreme muscle exertion. Movement becomes restricted, less precise, and your pace slows - putting your productivity score below average.
For a fruitful and worry-free day, here are activities you can try to lower the risk of muscle problems:
- Work in 90-minute intervals. If your job and shift (or even boss) permit, set for yourself a 90-minute work rule: take short, regular breaks every one and a half hours. These breaks will refresh you and help you regain focus before resuming work.
- Be intentional with your short breaks. About those quick breaks mentioned earlier, make them worthwhile. Remember that the goal is to make yourself productive for the entire workday. Here are some ideas:
- Do stand-up meetings. Taking part in hours-long meetings can deplete your energy. Solution? Why not conduct them standing up! This will keep your blood circulating properly, preventing numbness to your legs.
a. Shake it off. Break off from any repetitive movements. Standing for the longest time? Take a seat and try rotating your ankles gently. Chair-bound the entire day? Stand, bend over and do some stretches to prevent that "pins and needles" feeling. Do you know that you can also test your nerves in the office?
b. Take a walk. It is proven that taking a quick walk helps you generate ideas and put you in a better mood. Being on the move also keeps your blood circulating properly. In fact, you don't even have to leave the office for walks. You can opt to utilize the stairs or fire exit.
c.Grab a bite. Your mind and body work together. Like a car running on empty fuel, hunger pangs can make you lose focus. Pack these snacks for that midday craving and much needed energy and mood lift:
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- Nuts - like Macadamia, are rich in Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) which lowers the levels of homocysteine in your blood. Too much of this chemical may cause degeneration of brain cells.
- Egg yolks - high in Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) which helps in memory retention (great help for presentations!). Plus, B12 also provides a protective covering to your nerves to prevent numbness.
- Bananas - packed with Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) which gives your mood a good boost. If you haven't gotten your 8-hour sleep the previous night, taking this can raise your serotonin levels to fight dozing off during work hours.
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So for a productive and active office life, you need to stay on your toes and stay agile!