4. Sit like a boss
With overbearing supervisors, unhappy clients, and that inevitable caffeine crash, you're probably too distracted at your desk to put much effort into your posture.
Well, sorry to turn into your mother, but we're gonna have to encourage you to work on that. Posture is important, for reasons you may not realize. Scientists have discovered that if you take on an "alpha" style of body language, with chest out and body exposed, your levels of testosterone will rise in as little as two minutes, resulting in a more confident mood. On top of that, cortisol, the stress hormone, drops.
And you get to fantasize about being some sort of corporate badass, which is fun.
5. Snack It's no secret that you need to eat in order to operate at peak performance. Unless you're Christian Bale auditioning for a movie role, your job pretty much requires you to maintain a healthy intake of calories.
But what you eat is more important than you may realize. Specifically, making sure you're taking in enough glucose is key to making sure you can successfully navigate the decisions that go into your workday.
Research has shown that, over the course of a day, we fall into what is called "decision fatigue." The cab or the subway? Catching up on emails or finishing that report? Rewatching Breaking Bad or finally getting to The Wire? (Answer: yes.)
Early in the day, you can make choices pretty easily, but as glucose levels drop, so does your ability to decide. By snacking on foods high in glucose, you can restore that ability.
6. Exercise at your desk Everyone knows that working out reduces stress. But until your job approves those weekly dodgeball breaks you've been suggesting, there's not much you can do to get your blood pumping while slumped at your desk, right?
Not quite. Sorry to rob you of the last excuse you had for not exercising, but there are a bunch of good stretching and body weight moves you can do without stepping away from the cubicle. For the more tech-savvy, there's equipment like the Cubii, a mini-elliptical that you can stash under your desk. But the embarrassment of being that employee might cancel out the benefits.