To reduce the risk of fatigue, it is important to take mini-breaks (not many breaks) throughout the day. If possible, change tasks at least once every two hours. Stretch your arms, neck, and legs often if you do the same type of work for long periods of time.
Rest your eyes often by closing them or looking at something other than the work at hand. For a quick pick-me-up, breathe deeply several times by inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. In addition, always try to eat your lunch somewhere other than your desk.
Do some fatigue relieving exercises at your desk such as:
Head and neck stretch:
Slowly turn your head to the left, and hold it for three seconds. Slowly turn your head to the right, and hold it for three seconds. Drop your chin gently towards your chest, and then tilt it back as far as you can. Repeat these steps five to ten times.
Roll your shoulders forward and then backward using a circular motion.
Upper back stretch:
Grasp one arm below the elbow and pull gently towards the other shoulder. Hold this position for five seconds and then repeat with the other arm.
With your arms extended in front of you, raise and lower your hands several times.
Make fists with your hands and hold tight for one second, then spread your fingers wide for five seconds.
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