Lean Back instead of Forward

Stress Relief Tool – Lean Back Instead of Forward

Unconsciously your mind infers that a task seen from a greater distance is easier to tackle.

Have you noticed that when you are sitting at your desk for a long period of time your body starts to get stiff? This is especially true if you are leaning forward. When you lean back in your chair you are increasing the physical distance from a complex task and also increasing the psychological distance, which mitigates the sense of the task’s difficulty. Unconsciously your mind infers that a task seen from a greater distance is easier to tackle.

It might also help to stand up and move around regularly to minimize the negative effects of prolonged immobility. In fact, set a reminder every 15-30 minutes for you to lean back and catch your breath for 30 seconds, then stand up and move around for another 30 seconds. This will help mitigate how the stress is manifesting in your body.

Give a more relaxed posture a try when working on a computer. You may even want to invest in a recliner for your office as part of your stress-relief plan.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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