Office Memo: De-stress
You need not go to an expensive
spa to relax.
office grind, the rat race, the proverbial climb up
the ladder. The last thing you need is a slip off
the ladder-a breakdown. Unfortunately, stress is
just around the corner of your office corridors.
Heck, it's not looming around... It's badgering you
In 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeal said that
employers are not liable for causing stress,
although they may be liable for ill health caused by
So why let it get to you? Beat it while you're still
ahead and on tip-top shape-yes, right there behind
(or under) your desk.
between heartburn episodes resulting from stress,
you can squeeze in a 30-second yoga pose. Top
Wellness and Health teaches you some simple yoga
positions with humorous monikers, such as "Close the
Deal Warrior Pose" and "Chair Boogie."
To do the
"Monolith of Mastery" stance, stand with hands
clasped over your head, and then stretch side to
side while tensing your abdomen.
yoga is particularly effective when all that office
stress is getting on your shoulders-the typical
shoulder pain of the white-collared.
studies suggest aromatherapy-inhaling or applying
fragrant oils from plants-may ease stress and combat
its effects on both mind and body. Try getting an
aromatherapy set. It may be a better idea to get one
that does not require lighting a flame to heat the
oils. A better idea may be to drop some aromatic
oils into a pot (or
cup, if that's what you have in your office) of
steaming water. Feel the fragrances run up your nose
and soothe your stresses away.
Caveat: Aromatherapy may not be a good idea if you
do not have your own office. Some people may find
the aroma quite offensive or distracting.
You need not go to an expensive spa to relax.
Or someone in your office might actually be harmed;
aromatherapy is not recommended for pregnant women,
good thing about these modern times is that quickie
massages have become readily available. You can get
one during an errand break or a quick drop by the
mall. More and more people have been getting into
massage classes (of all sorts, mind you-pick one
that you can have while dressed), and if you're
lucky, some of your officemates may be in one of
them. After getting on their good graces, perhaps
they can give you a hand.
giving yourself a mini-massage, if you like. Rub
your shoulders and neck. Knead your thighs. Get a
stress ball to squeeze.
Another technique you can try is visualization. When
the day's to-do list is driving you more nuts
instead of keeping you more together, close your
eyes, breathe (inhale through the nose, exhale
through the mouth, slightly pursed), and go on a
mental trip to a deserted beach.