Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of blog posts that explores fitness advice/tips for IT professionals and office workers.
Everyone deals with stress. In fact, it’s safe to say many of us probably experience stress on a daily basis. That’s the nature of working in IT or office settings.
You don’t have to be a doctor to know that stress can lead to a lot of health issues: inability to concentrate, depression, aches and pain, eating more/less, and more. And all of those symptoms can affect your job performance.
Fortunately, there are a lot of quick, simple things you can do to deal with those especially tense times, even from the comfort of your own workspace.
One of the ways we like to relieve stress at CBT Nuggets: stress balls!
If you’ve never used one of these foam or gel balls, you’re missing out. Don’t underestimate the benefits of releasing tension through a good ‘ol squeeze!
Here are three simple stress ball exercises to get you started:
- Hold the ball in your hand, squeeze it for about 3 seconds, then relax your hand. Repeat until your hand is tired. This helps release tension.
- Pinch the ball between your thumb and index finger for about 3 seconds, then move the ball between your other fingers and pinch for 3 seconds as well. Repeat until your hand is tired.
- Roll the ball against a table surface back and forth, from the top of your fingers down to your wrist. Repeat this process about 20 times or until your hand is tired. In addition to massaging your fingers, palm, and wrist, this also benefits your arm muscles.
If all else fails, sometimes throwing a stress ball at unsuspecting coworkers serves as a great stress reliever. At the very least, it’s good for a smile or laugh. But make sure you won’t get in trouble if you elect to try this method, which may or may not be the preferred way to use stress balls at CBT Nuggets.
Other key benefits of stress balls: reducing muscle strain, preventing carpal tunnel syndrome, and strengthening hand/wrist muscles. These are especially good if you type a lot during your work day.
Start fighting/reducing stress today — and have a ball!