Three Minute Energizers to do at Your Desk
by Judee Algazi
Working at a desk and computer can tire out your eyes and make you feel drained. Simple energizers you can do to help you rejuvenate and feel refreshed instantly.
For every hour that you sit at a desk or use the computer stop for 5 minutes and try one of the following techniques that are sure to help raise your energy level.
Eye Exercises : Eye exercises can help rest tired eyes that have been looking at the computer screen too long. It is important to rest your eyes every 30 minutes, so they do not develop eye strain.
- Palming: rub hands together for 15 seconds to bring energy to your hands. Lay your palms over eyes for 3 minutes and relax
- Blinking: To restore rest, blink your eyes 10 times in a row.
- Pupil rotation: Massage eyes with this simple pupil rotation. Without moving your head, look up and then look down, look left , look right and then look in a circular motion. Repeat and relax. Do this 3 times. Then repeat and rotate eyes in the opposite circular direction.
- Tracking: Track eyes left to right as if reading (20 times)
- Far and Near: Look at an object in the distance and then look at an object very close to your eyes ( use the tip of your finger) Repeat looking far and near about 7 times in a row.
Play classical music in the background while you work. Classical music is soothing, helps restore balance and increases energy when you are feeling frazzled. Vivaldi, Mozart or Chopin are all excellent choices.
Think mint. Mint energizes the senses, boosts your energy, and stimulates mental clarity. So, if you feel like your energy is getting low, reach for a mint, a cup of herbal mint tea, mint chewing gum or even some mint fragranced hand cream. The smell or taste of mint is refreshing and rejuvenating.
Grapefruit is another aroma that is stimulating to the senses. Keep a small container of grapefruit essential oil ( available at most health food stores and Whole Foods) and smell it when you are beginning to feel tired. Also, use grapefruit fragranced hand cream as a nice pick me up. Eat a grapefruit; Pink grapefruits are loaded with Vitamin C, lycopene and antioxidants.
Sunlight. Take a walk in the sun at lunchtime. The sun is uplifting and the walk will help you energize. Sunlight is essential for your body to produce Vitamin D. Vitamin D may be essential to help prevent prostate cancer, fibromyalsia, osteoporosis, and many other diseases. Research is just beginning to document the importance of getting at least 15 minutes of sun exposure without sunscreen daily.
Stress Ball: If you can't get up from your desk, keep a squeeze ball in your drawer. If you start to feel tense, squeeze a stress ball for at least 30 seconds to a minute or longer. Your hands aren't free, squeeze it between your knees. This will help relieve stress on the spot.
Ears: The ears have many acupressure points. By massaging the ears you are massaging the acupressure points and thus stimulating the entire body. Gently pull and unroll the ears starting at the top of the ear and work your way down. You will feel your ears heating up and the energy beginning to rush. It is one of the best quick energizers.
Breathe and Stretch: .Move away from your desk and take a good stretch. Put hands together in the prayer position in front of your chest. Split hands and move one hand up toward the ceiling and the other hand downward toward the floor. This will help you stretch in two directions. Alternate sides. Do this exercise 3 or 4 times.
Polarized Breathing: Deep breathing helps slow the heart rate, relieves nervous tension, clears toxins, and may lower blood pressure while reducing stress hormones. Start by putting your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Press one nostril closed and breathe in very deeply and slowly through the other nostril. Release slowly and repeat 3 times on the same side. Now switch sides and repeat three times on the other side.
Alternate Breathing: This type of deep rhythmic breathing is recommended for stress. This type of breathing helps insure ionization balance which affects the balance of calcium and potassium in the blood. When all is balanced, you feel more relaxed. Put your tongue on the roof of mouth. Press one nostril closed and slowly breath in through the other. Slowly release and switch nostrils. One side and then the other side. Repeat 3 times.
Massage Your Neck and Shoulders: Close your eyes and use one of your hands to massage your neck and shoulders. Feels good and revitalizes your energy.
Acupressure: Using the thumb from one hand, massage the palm of your other hand. At the same time, use your index and middle and other fingers to massage the back of your hand. Massage for 40 rubs and then switch hands. Also, massage the area between the thumb and the index finger for the count of twenty on each hand. Acupressure is the application of pressure on certain points on the body Originating in China, acupressure works on the principles of acupuncture. When acupressure points are pressed, they help release muscular tension and promote the circulation of blood to energize the life force. For years, martial artists are taught to massage their acupressure points to help improve circulation and increase flexibility of their muscles.
Keep a picture of something or someone you love on or hanging near your desk: A picture of the ocean, a snowy day, your children or other family members, a pet, a waterfall, a beautiful sunny summer day, a fall day or whatever else makes your feel good. Just looking at the picture will lift your spirits and energize you.
Golf Balls: No, you won't have time to get out for a round of golf, but you can still benefit from golf balls. Keep a few in your desk drawer. When your feet are tired, slip off your shoe and roll one or two golf balls under your feet. Very relaxing. In addition, while sitting at your desk stretch out your legs and flex your feet back and forth and then rotate them at the ankles.
Skip the granola bar. Nourish Yourself with fresh fruit, nuts or vegetable sticks and don't forget to hydrate yourself with water. By the time you begin to feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated, and dehydration can make you tired.