I like to think I got lucky in my placement this year. My job strikes a nice balance between being out in the field and doing projects at the desk. There isn’t much more I could ask for.
That being said, when the time comes for me to be at my desk, I have to remember to stretch and eat balanced snacks and meals.
Gentle neck and shoulder rolls do wonders. Here are some stretches you can do that won’t scare away your co-workers. (Please be careful any time you do stretches- listen to your body for any discomfort or abnormal pain.)
- Sit up straight in your chair and place your feet on the floor, spaced to about your hips or shoulders. Gently grab the back of your chair and twist. Twist twice on each side.
- In the same starting position, lift your legs and hold. Hold for 10 seconds and place feet back on the ground. Gently roll your body over your knees and stretch your back. Carefully roll back into sitting position.
- If you are in an enclosed area, feel free to do a couple of flows. Start in downward dog, chaturanga, move to upward-facing dog, and back to downward dog. (I’m really struck gold- My job has a roof I can sneak out to a do a few flows when I’m stressed.)
- Remember to take breaks- try to take a walk during lunch. You’d be surprised how many people in the office would like to join you!
Stretching paired with healthy snacks (unsalted nuts and dried fruit, granola bar, yogurt, fresh fruit & veggies, oatmeal) and drinking a lot of water, you will find yourself feeling pretty great after sitting at the desk all day.