I don’t know about y’all, but my neck and back have taken the brunt of my WFH experience. Well, I’ve always worked from home, but something about 2020 made the experience a lot less enjoyable. I think we can all agree where the extra tension and stress comes from. Hooray!
My neck pain stems from the base of my skull, down to my back, where my trap muscles have turned into rocks from all the tension. It had gotten to the point where I went to my doctor and he prescribed muscle relaxers because I was so tense. It almost felt like my body wasn’t my own, and after experiencing a traumatic fibroid diagnosis and surgery last year, I decided that I was going to take better care of my body.
This past year has caused me to look more inward and be intentional with my thoughts and actions. Once I realized I was holding a lot of back and neck tension from stress and less-than-ideal working spaces (as cozy as my bed is, it’s not made for working), I decided to get my life together and help heal my body. I guess that’s one of the positives coming out of 2020!
Once I realized I was holding a lot of back and neck tension from stress and less-than-ideal working spaces, I decided to get my life together and help heal my body.
So, I wanted to share with you some of the videos and tips I’ve been using to relieve tension at my desk and make working from home a bit more bearable.
Yoga at Your Desk
I feel like 2020 is the year everyone discovered Yoga with Adrienne (and I’m no exception). I am obsessed with her Yoga at Your Desk video. Clocking in at just over six minutes, it’s the perfect way to relieve tension and get in some movement during a Pomodoro break. (P.S. The Pomodoro method is the only way I ever get any work done).
10 Minute Happiness Meditation
PSA: You don’t need a Peloton bike to access all of the Peloton workouts. For just $12.99/month, you can get full access to all of the Peloton workouts, including their game-changing mediations. This 10-minute meditation instantly revives me and fills me with gratitude, which helps tremendously when the world seems so bleak. I swear I can feel my whole body relax within the first two minutes.
(There are plenty of 10-minute happiness meditations on YouTube, too, like this one.)
The Office Chair Back Stretch
I love to do this stretch when I feel my back start to tighten. All you need to do is wrap your arms around the back of your chair and arch your back. Open up your chest, pull your shoulders away from your ears and breathe deeply. If you can, try to hold the stretch for 30 seconds at a time.
Yoga for Shoulders, Neck & Back
If you have a little bit more time and want to actually leave your desk for a minute, this Yoga with Adrienne video is for you. I like this video because it’s super grounding and is the perfect way to relieve any stress and tension throughout your workday. And it’s only 10 minutes, so it’s just long enough for a break but not long enough to break any momentum you may have with your work.
What are your favorite ways to stretch at your desk or relieve tension as you work from home? Let me know in the comments!