Ergonomics and games help reduce stress

Make your working area a cheerful and comfortable place to be – after all you spend most of your time there. You could use colorful posters, cutouts funny or inspirational quotes, fresh flowers or indoor plants, photographs or any kind of decoration that is relevant and inspirational at work table will make you feel happy and create a soothing atmosphere. A good idea would be to have a calendar with all the holidays marked on it. Every time you see the calendar the upcoming holiday will definitely boost your spirits.

Take short breaks whenever possible including small activities like a short walk after lunch or taking the staircase instead of the elevator will be good exercise and also gives you the much needed push. When you feel you are getting stressed out, close your eyes for 30 seconds and take a few deep breaths and you will feel the difference. Do not keep staring continuously at the computer for long, take a break and simply look out of the window by meditating for a few minutes. It will help you rejuvenate.

No matter how busy you are, do not skip meals. In fact, as far as possible avoid eating your lunch at your desk. Include fresh fruits and fruit juices in your diet as it helps maintain your energy levels. Once in a while you could also, munch on dry fruits. In an air-conditioned set up you are likely to feel less thirsty. But water intake is essential. Remember it is important to keep yourself hydrated.

Music definitely has the power to simply make one feel relaxed and keep stress at bay. Instrumental music is a good option if you wish to relax. But refrain from playing loud music as it may be a nuisance to others. So plug in your earphones and unwind for a while. In our office we have music playing all the time. It makes a lot of difference and most employees find it very relaxing.

The principles of ergonomics help reduce stress and eliminate potential injuries and disorders caused due to the stress on muscles, resulting from bad posture and repeated tasks. In recent years, ergonomists have attempted to define postures which minimize unnecessary static work and reduce the forces acting on the body.

Avoid couching and sit straight. Ideally, your feet should rest on the floor comfortably with the knee bending at 90 degrees. Ensure that your back is straight and well supported. Another important feature would be effective lighting. Studies suggest that natural light increases human productivity and reduces fatigue. So ensure that your desk is well lit.

Books and games:
If your office has library make optimum use of it. Pick up a book or magazine and sit back during your free time. You can also try playing some simple games on your computer or mobile to divert you from work for a few minutes. Some offices have a recreation room in office having indoor games to be played during lunch. Some factories open space where employees could chose between a game of badminton or cricket and play after office hours. There are many books and magazines provided in the office so that one can just unwind with a book for a while. All these things help relax one’s mind so that they feel rejuvenated once they get back to work. The idea is not to let the stress get to you.

Stress is an inevitable part of any profession. While you may consider the above pointers the fact remains that ways of de-stressing are subjective and may differ from individual to individual. So include a few changes in your routine and enjoy your work.