General Assembly (GA) is fast approaching. We are all well into our ramp-up with bulging task lists and double-booked meeting blocks. All of this circumstantial stress can compound the everyday stress we all experience. For many of us who have spent years sitting at a desk in front of a computer we have noticed the toll this takes on our bodies and minds. Maybe it’s cyber eyes or an aching back. Here are some tips and quick reads you can refer to for managing computer-related stress as we approach GA and beyond:
- 5 Simple Stepsyou can take to reduce stress before and during computer-work.
- Take a brisk, short walk.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Align your posture.
- The Bigger Picture
- Eat Smart – Skip to the bulleted list at the bottom for expediency. And definitely eat “real food” if you are logging long hours at GA!
Maybe you suffer from “non-profit syndrome.” The medical profession has defined something called upper crossed syndrome (UCS). UCS is basically the posture your body takes after spending long hours, days, years at a desk in front of a computer. This postural mis-alignment can be countered and managed with a few simple counter-postures and an evaluation of your workspace. Download a copy of “Creating a Healthy Workstation (PDF)” from the HR pages on the UUA intranet for help setting up your office environment to facilitate a healthy and productive work day. Talk to UUA Staff member Rebecca Fabian about weekly mid-day yoga classes at 25 Beacon. For a quick-start stretch check out the video below.
And last but most certainly not least, don’t forget to laugh your head off once in a while.