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CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Tracy Remelius, health and wellness expert shared some tips for combating stress to our minds and bodies caused by sitting for too many hours during the day.

Posture -How to sit properly. Shoulders shrugged forward is a sign of depression according to yoga. Overtime poor posture can lead to many problems, back pain, neck pain, wrist pain etc. Adjust chair height, have lumbar support, also adjust monitor height for neck comfort.

Take five: Importance of getting up and moving throughout the day.
Set a timer for every 55 minutes. Take 5 minutes of movement. If you have your own office, close the door and put on some fun music and dance around. If you are in a shared office-have a office dance party! You can also do walking lunges across a room, or jumping jacks. If you are on a long conference call, put on a headset and walk back and forth across your room.

Leave your desk at lunch. It’s important to truly take a screen time break. It’s extremely hard to eat mindfully when you are eating at your desk. Instead, turn your lunch in a stress relieving practice. If you can go outside, find a bench you can enjoy. If that’s not possible, simply being focused on mindful eating can sooth the nervous system and your eating can become a practice.
Notice your food with all of your senses. Look at it, smell it, notice the way it feels in your mouth. Chew your food slowly. Taste every bite. Slow your eating down by putting down you fork between every meal.
If you have time, take a walk for 10-15 minutes before or after your meal.

Time in nature– more and more studies have shown that time in nature has similar health benefits to meditation.

Try to limit multi-tasking. Whenever demands exceed abilities, stress is bound to follow. Multitasking is especially stressful when the tasks are important, as they often are on the job, Meyer says. The brain responds to impossible demands by pumping out adrenaline and other stress hormones that put a person “on edge.” Tab detox- for one day a week, try to have only 1 tab open at a time.

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