Hack Your Work-From-Home Performance.
Three health hacks to improve anxiety, productivity, and health.
We could all use a break from the perpetual Zoom calls and backaches of working from home. But this is the new normal, and with the new SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant looming we must invest in our at-home performance and well-being if we’re to succeed.
While we’re not primed for a life in lockdown, a few science-backed hacks can help.
Pursed-Lip Breathing — best for anxiety before a meeting or presentation.
If you think breathing comes naturally, think again. Environmental stimuli can influence improper breathing resulting in anxiety and panic attacks. When the going gets tough, follow this simple exercise to hack your autonomic nervous system (ANS) into achieving balance.
- Find a calm room with a plant or a cozy sofa to relax your mind and body
- Inhale slowly through your nose for two whole seconds
- Pucker your lips — as if whistling — and exhale through your mouth for four seconds
- Repeat a few times over to reboot your ANS
“Deskercise” — best for productivity to power through your day.
Move over CrossFit, “Deskercise ‘’ is in. These simple stretches and movements release endorphins which interact with our brain receptors thereby boosting mental performance. Work them in between meetings or even during a Zoom-call — just be sure to turn the camera off!
Supplements — best for overall performance.
Supplements are powerful tools to address concerns including sleep, stress, and focus. Finding the right supplements, however, can be a bit of a nightmare. Stick to physician-approved “clean” formulas with ingredients you can pronounce, and slowly work them into your routine to ensure they’re working. Hold your supplements accountable!
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Kathleen is an upcoming Postgraduate Research Fellow in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at the Yale School of Medicine and has research training in Public Health from John Hopkins University.
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