We spend a lot of time sitting at a desk

Sitting in a chair relaxing

Work is stressful – that’s why people have annual leave; ill health can be a real problem with people who don’t take proper breaks. Some offices can add to the stress of work, with lights that flicker and equipment that constantly hums. Air quality can become seriously bad towards the end of the day and this is why most work productivity is found to drop very much by going home time. That said, many offices have been carefully designed to avoid stress, with natural light being used as much as possible and printers, copiers and shredders being kept in separate rooms. If you think your office is causing stress you should address the worst problems to see if you can make yourself more comfortable.

How to reduce the negative effects:

Sitting in a chair relaxing1. Take a break
A break from your desk doesn’t have to be a long one to bring benefit it just has to regular say once an hour.

2. Watch for signs
Office stress often manifests itself in physical conditions as well as psychological. You will probably find that your neck and shoulders get very stiff and tired as the day wears on. Take a break before you’re too tired

3. Move Away from the Desk
Take the break away from your desk and move your body

4. Desk exercise
Try to loosen the muscles by moving them, shoulder shrugs and rolls can help a lot in the short term, but the best thing is to prevent the stiffness in the first place.

5. Correctly adjusted equipment
A good chair is essential but check that all your equipment is at the correct height (Link to We spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, which is under brochures and articles)

6. Fluids
Remember to take on fluids throughout the day as office air conditioning systems can be dehydrating.

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