Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Terrible Tuesdays

It.s 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. What are you doing right now?

Are you sailing through your day, methodically decreasing the stack in the inbox, and starting to contemplate your lunch break before jumping back in to finish out the workday?

Nope, didn't think so.

Late Tuesday morning, in turns out, is the most stressful time of the week -- according to a recent story in London's Daily Telegraph that reported results of a poll of 3,000 British adults. "Most workers coast through Monday getting their brain in gear and catching up with gossip from the weekend," says the article. "But on Tuesday reality sets in and staff spend the first part of the day going through emails they ignored on Monday before planning the week ahead. And 11:45 a.m. is when everything comes to a head."

To compensate, many folks apparently work through Tuesday lunch to regain a sense of control over their looming workload. And this means, they're most likely either running out and grabbing a quick, easy to-go order (bad idea!) or skipping lunch and hitting the vending machines instead (really bad idea!). Talk about Terrible Tuesdays!

I think that in these times of intense workplace pressure and stress, it's even more important to get a mid-day break every day. So, if you insist on dining at your desk, then at least try to get out and take a 15-minute walk; or do a few exercises at your desk, such as leg and ankle rolls, shoulder shrugs and rolls, neck rolls, squats, etc.

Here are a few youtube links for some quickie workout ideas:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwMuMq9Qzls (1.09 minutes)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tuVrh-zJvs&feature=PlayList&p=386967C7FFAE6863&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=5 (3.47 minutes)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGYOOP93wsM (3.13 minutes)

The break will do you a world of good, I promise. It'll clear the head fuzz, derail the stress train, stretch the cramped body -- and make your day sail by much more smoothly!


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