In today’s modern world, our lifestyle has become more and more influenced by the way we work; we receive a lot of stress and have to rush to stick to our deadlines. Think about it; have you ever felt:
· Numb in your fingers and your leg;
· Difficulty to focus, even on simple tasks;
· Less motivated to complete a project;
· Muscular cramps in your abdomen or even headaches while at the office?
Pierre Gagnon, Thanyapura’s expert Mind Trainer is here to explain how it works and how to deal with it.
Observe the Reality
“Office Syndrome can be a mix of burnout and depression. From a mind training perspective, people live in the world of perception, they don’t see the reality anymore. Someone with burnout very often will not realise that they go to work expecting beforehand to see a boring work, boring people, negative place, and thinking that they go there because they have to make money to pay their bills. Eventually, there’s a point where people who become more mindful have a tendency to live less in the world of expectation.”
The brain doesn’t see what the eyes see, the brain sees what you expect. When you surround yourself with negative expectations, life can become very difficult, especially at work. From that perspective, if you decide to do an exercise for at least a few times a day to come out of this rule of expectation, you just observe the reality for what it is. The reality is simple. It is what you feel inside your body, what you see, what you hear, what you smell, what you taste, and what you touch.
Exercise your Brain
An interesting exercise is to force the brain to look into positivity when you leave work and feel down. Recovering your work doesn’t take hours, it may take just a few minutes to see everything that has happened and you will notice that most of your day was positive. The challenging point is that naturally, the brain is not there to make you happy. The brain couldn’t care less whether you are happy or not. It wants you to survive so, it always brings you back to the negativity to what hasn’t worked during the day because the negativity tends to affect you in a dangerous way.
“We can change that by forcing the brain to pay more attention to what’s positive. For me, the office syndrome has a lot to do with the natural negative bias of the brain when we pay attention to what doesn’t work and forget about what works. You can change that by realising that most of your day was fine.”
When Mind Talks to Body
Your body and mind constantly talk to each other. Clinical medicine is excellent; it fixes the disease you have. However, it doesn’t tell you why you got the disease in the first place. Whatever your thoughts are, especially if you bring yourself into the world of negativity, not realising that your day was beautiful and keep thinking about what happened negatively, all your cells in your body will be affected.
The viscera is almost considered as a second brain these days so when you have a negative thought, it will affect this part; a good example is when people get stressed, they have problem with their heart, gas in the stomach, IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome) or other problems.
Once you realise that the mind and the body communicate with each other, you will try to enter a world that is more positive. Being positive is not difficult. Being mindful is being positive by itself because most of us are surrounded by a positive environment. It’s just that we develop the habit of bringing back to the negativity.
The Buddha talked a lot about the fact that what we assume and what we perceive is permanent and we believe that it’s true. It’s not true; it means you have created a world of expectation that doesn’t necessarily correspond to your reality. Try making the exercise 4-5 times during the day approximately 3 minutes each time to let go of your perception and expectation, and just come back to your body.
Physiotherapy for Physical Pain
Apart from mind sickness, unhealthy work can cause physical maladies as mentioned above; symptoms in
viscera such as gastritis, GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) as well as other diseases like high blood pressure, migraine, hypertension, insomnia, tunnel syndrome and physical pain such as a backache, shoulder ache, neck ache, and trigger fingers are common.
When it comes to physical pain, a proper treatment and rehab is the only answer. Physiotherapist, Kittichai Kaewsinsawatat Thanyapura’s Wellness Centre, explains:
“Working for long hours in the same position, sitting in the wrong position, using computer for too long, typing with no support for your wrist, typing for too long can always result in diseases.”
“Physiotherapy is the answer to heal physical pain. It’s a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention.”
Therapy That Fits Your Pain
At the Wellness Centre, a full range of physiotherapy awaits to ease your pain. However, Kittichai said the treatment is very personalised.
“People have different stories. Just like any other disease from any other causes, we have to ask questions and diagnose people case by case to see which treatment and which method can be the most beneficial for them.”
The interesting point of physiotherapy is that it is not only useful for helping in healing injury but also forms an essential part of preventing it.
The service at the Wellness features a list of treatments that will be customised to fit your needs including:
· therapeutic ultrasound – increase blood flow
· electrical stimulation treatment – strengthen weakened muscles
· transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation treatment – stimulate nerves
· cryotherapy or cold compression – sprains and strains treatment
· heat therapy or hot compression – increase oxygen distribution
· deep tissue massage – relieve chronic diseases
· trigger point release tension – relieve muscular tissue
For more information about these therapies, or for a complete overview of Thanyapura’s traditional and alternative medicine, contact our Wellness Center today!
Below is a model of the Office Ergonomic Workstation Setup which you can apply at your own desk.
About the Author
Bochakorn began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.