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.

Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.

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