Natural Health – Spa Tips For Your Office
By Marilee Tolen
Clearing your office space and getting it organized is a good thing to do every once and a while. As you create your space and plan your schedule, you can incorporate tools and leave time for mini-spa experiences within your workdays. You can do many easy things in your office environment to give you powerful rejuvenating opportunities.
Here are some tips for either your home office or your corporate office:
–You can create a 5-minute “mini-steam” right at your desk. This can open your sinuses, your pores, and your mind and give you a much-needed highly rejuvenating break in your workday. Pour hot water in a cup. Put 2 – 3 drops of an essential oil such as eucalyptus, lavender, or peppermint in the cup. Put your face over the cup and take a large file folder capping over your head to create an enclosed environment. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Write on the outside of the file folder in black marker “Taking a 5 minute spa break – Do Not Disturb!”
–Give yourself a 2-minute acupressure session with points on your face. Some people call this a non-surgical face-lift. This uses the Asian principles of opening up the channels of energy or “chi”. It can give you an instant uplift, alleviate a headache, clear mental fog, and bring a glow to your face. Using both hands with the pads of your first 2 fingers press firmly all over both sides of the face.
–Take a 4-minute fantasy vacation. Close your eyes, put your feet up on your desk, take a deep breath and picture your favorite vacation spot. See yourself there feeling good and having a great time. The unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between a real or imagined event. Your body will thank you!
–Rap over a wrap. Have a spa cuisine lunch with a good friend. Sandwich wraps filled with veggies and protein are a good healthy lunch. Combine that with a “heart to heart” conversation for great stress reduction.
–Give yourself self-administered foot reflexology sessions right at your desk. Keep a foot roller at your feet to roll your feet on (shoes off) during the day. This can stimulate reflex points on your feet that can relax and invigorate your entire body. Along with foot rollers you can also use a golf ball, racquetball, or tennis ball. Don’t forget to keep a pair of comfy slippers under your desk for times you just need to relax your feet.
–Share a healing touch with an office mate. Exchange a nice shoulder rub with each other to relax those “computer tight” shoulder and neck muscles
–Walk outside. Take a 10-minute nature break – and that doesn’t mean the rest room! A stroll outside in nature can do wonders for you.
–Freshen your environment. Diffuse essential oils in your office or cubical area so that it smells good, cuts down on unwanted bacteria, viruses, fungus and mold, and delivers more oxygen to your work space.
–Have a voluptuous jade plant on your desk near your computer. Not only does the shiny green color relax you, but the jade plant helps to absorb electromagnetic frequencies that come off of your computer screen.. In fact, many common houseplants detoxify the environment. Keep several types of plants nearby in your workspace. Peace lilies, spider plants, and English Ivy are all good plants to use.
–Fish are fun and relaxing to look at. A pretty and low maintenance fish to have on your desk is the Betta fish. It doesn’t need a filtered aquarium to live in and lives on just a few pellets of food a day.
–Keep healthy snacks in your desk drawer to keep your blood sugar levels stable, especially during stressful days and days you skip meals. Mixed nuts, trail mix or healthy protein bars are good to have on hand. Ningxia Red juice packets for on the go are a great healthy energy boost.
–Music soothes the soul – and our souls often need soothing especially when we are stressed at work with issues and deadlines. Have your iPod or MP3 player with some of your favorite relaxing tunes on it playing lightly in the background.
–Google your concerns. If your mind is distracted from work because of certain life issues like relationship problems, health challenges, or family concerns, then Google a phrase that best describes your concern and read about it – such as “single again at 50”, “empty nest syndrome”, “midlife crises”, etc.
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