Stress at work is a rising problem in the UK, and across the world. Some shocking statistic recently revealed that stress related absence is on the rise in the UK, a trend which seems set to rise as the repercussions of Brexit continue to create uncertainty in the economy.

If you work all day, it can be hard to find time to exercise and keep yourself well. Yet that is one of the exact reasons why you need it! A busy working day with no time for caring for your body and mind will ultimately give way to illness and stress.

When I worked full time in an office, spending my days sat in front of computers, trying to bend them to my will, dealing with often conflicting demands on my time and attention from other staff and trying to manage my own mental health at the same time, I developed a powerful strategy to make sure I could keep a lid on my stress if nothing else.

At the side of my desk, I kept a Yoga mat, and at lunchtime, I would go to an empty room, roll out my mat and do a short practice. At the time I was using YogaDownload.com, and found that that small amount of time I took to my mat gave me the space in my mind and body I needed to enable me to work at my best in the afternoon.

On one particularly memorable day, when the organisation I was working for was going through a very challenging time and I was personally really struggling to cope (this was just a few months before I finally broke down) I was on the verge of walking out, never to return, when my manager told me to take an early break and go to ‘my yoga room’. When I returned 25 minutes later, I was like a new woman, ready to face the challenges the rest of the day had for us, for a while at least.

This short, 30 minute practice, is a simple practice that will allow you to release the tension you have stored up in your body throughout the morning, enabling you to go into your afternoon with a new lease of life, energy, clarity and peace.

Do you want more Yoga at work?

If you are in the South Wales area, you might be interested in asking your employer to provide office Yoga and relaxation to yourself and your colleagues as part of their staff wellbeing provision. Send this page along to your HR department and ask them to get in touch – it will benefit everyone if you, the staff, are loose and relaxed at work!

I’d love to know if this practice helps you, please share in the comments how you feel after doing the practice.

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Esther Nagle
Teacher, writer, speaker at Balance and Breathe
Esther is a former alcoholic, smoker and all round stressed out mess. She found the path to health, happiness, freedom and joy through Yoga. She is a passionate advocate for the power of Yoga, and time in Nature, in bringing balance to life, and giving you control over your health, happiness and wellbeing.

Esther is a powerful public speaker, writer and author. Her first book, Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, has gained many 5 star reviews and has helped many people along their recovery journey.
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