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Healthy Computing: Use Your Interruptions

© Erik Peper PhD

The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by Erik Peper PhD. View all columns in series
Optimize your performance and prevent computer-related injuries with Healthy Computing Email Tips. Each week we provide hints to help you stay healthier while working.
Do you find youself rushing through the day without taking breaks? That no matter how much you tell yourself that you will take your micro-breaks, you just don't do it? That you get interrupted so much that you barely get your work done? Breaks, whether micro-, meso-, or macro-, interrupt chronic muscle tension, allow relaxation and regeneration, and can improve energy. If you dont have time to take as many breaks as you want or need, be creative and USE YOUR INTERRUPTIONS.

HOW TO USE YOUR INTERRUPTIONS:

Standup every time someone stops by your desk to ask you a question. Make sure that you standup while exhaling. Drop your hands at your sides to let your arms relax. Do a little 2-5 second stretch before sitting down.

When you must meet briefly with co-workers, suggest that you meet in their offices. This will allow you time to walk and stretch.

If the person with whom you are meeting gets interrupted by a call, use that time to quietly practice diaphragmatic breathing.

Responding to interruptions in this way has a secondary advantage of engendering goodwillyour co-workers feel that they are important to you.

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About The Author
Erik Peper, Ph.D. is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education, at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (2005) and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.......more
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