Tips To Destress At Work

During the work day, there are lots of things going on and it can be quite stressful! From deadlines, demands from your boss, coworker gossip, and office politics, work can be a very stressful environment. Trying to make it through an entire day can be really tough! Focusing and working hard can be extra difficult when you are stressed out, so we put together just a few ideas and things to try when it comes to de-stressing at work. Try some out and see if they work for you!

Breathe

This one is pretty simple and it doesn’t require any props or even much time. Sitting back in your (hopefully) ergonomic and comfortable office chair that supports you in all the right ways, take a moment to breathe deeply. Focus on your breath and inhale for 5 to 10 seconds before exhaling for 5 to 10 seconds. Do this several times to reorient yourself and to release some of the work day stress you are feeling.

Go For A Walk

Not always possible because we know you have to be at your desk getting things done, but there are certainly ways to get more steps into your day. For one, take the stairs whenever possible, park farther from the doors, walk to the restroom on the other side of the building, or fill up your water bottle often. By getting up and getting your blood pumping just a bit more, you will feel more refreshed and able to focus.

Neck Massage

You can give yourself a pretty decent neck massage when you need it. Simply place your hands over your shoulders and press into the muscles surrounding your neck and firmly, but gently, work your way up your neck. Permit yourself five minutes to massage and relax your neck and shoulders before getting back to work.

Reward Yourself With Something Tasty

Keeping a treat or two in your desk for those really stressful days can be a great idea. Indulge in a piece of dark chocolate or a small candy for some stress relief that doesn’t sabotage your diet. Sit back and enjoy the taste of your treat before re-focusing and getting back into the grind of the day.

Spoil Yourself: Office Chair Options

When you think of spoiling yourself or doing something nice for yourself, you probably think about the short term things that will make you happy. Maybe you decide to take yourself out to dinner, go out for drinks with some friends, get your nails or hair done, or maybe you finally buy yourself that one thing you have been eyeing for quite some time. These are all great things and we agree you should do things to make yourself happy, but we have a great option that will reward you and spoil you a lot longer than those nails are going to last. Take the time to find the perfect, ergonomic office chair for yourself.

Think about it, every day that you sit in that chair and every day that you go home without feeling sore or nursing an aching back, that ergonomic office chair is going to spoil you. Day in and day out, your new office chair will make a difference in your life. It is time to spoil yourself in all the right ways that keep on giving.

Our selection of office chairs here at Direct Office Chairs will astound you. The colors, sizes, custom options, and low prices are worth taking a look at. We are sure you will find the right chair for you and that you will be supported in all the right ways, making that office job just a bit more comfortable.

Not only comfortable, our office chairs have been researched and designed with the human body in mind. Your body is an incredible working organism that never fully stops doing its thing. Don’t you think it is about time that you made things just a bit easier for it? Having an ergonomic office chair is vital to your spine health, especially as you get older. Your spine is incredibly important to your overall health, ability to move, and daily happiness, so it is about time you gave your spine the support and love that it needs. These chairs have been crafted to help you sit correctly to avoid damaging nerves and your spine. That kind of damage creates pain and other problems that you will have to deal with for who knows how long.

Save yourself the back pain, neck pain, and frequent headaches by purchasing a high quality, ergonomic, and comfortable office chair today! Our selection is just waiting for you to browse through it to find the perfect chair! Remember, sometimes it is ok to spoil yourself!

Starting The New Year Off Right At Work

When it comes to new beginnings, the new years usually takes the cake for everyone to make new resolutions, set goals, and try to make changes they feel are necessary in their lives. Some of the most common, of course, are changes in diet, lifestyle, activity levels, and looks. Not all resolutions and goals are met, and a lot of the fire and dedication wears off a few months into the new year because old habits are hard to break and new ones are hard to form. So why not take some action that will actually rejuvenate your entire 2018?

Setting yourself up for success and happiness at work can seem challenging or maybe impossible to those that work desk jobs or are tired of the office politics, but there are a few steps you can take to make work just a little bit better this year.

For starters, take the time to re-organize everything. Go through paperwork, piles of folders, anything that has stacked up and needs some help to get organized. File away the important documents you need to keep and dispose of things you no longer need. Taking time to prepare for the new year in this way will help you feel better about your office and maybe even about your work.

Another great way to spice up your new year in the office is to rearrange your furniture. Changing your environment sporadically will help you to avoid those ruts that we all fall into so regularly when things are rather repetitive. If possible, and you want to, consider getting new furniture as well! Get a cute shelf and a nice plant to brighten things up.

One of the best things you can do for yourself this year is to find a high quality, ergonomic office chair to replace your old chair that causes you back pain and does not properly support your spine. You can eliminate so much pain and reduce the time you spend nursing an aching back this year, and that sounds like a pretty good way to make your new year more successful and enjoyable! This simple change in your office is sure to make each and every day a little bit better and a little bit more comfortable. Don’t waste any more time in a low quality chair! Check out our selection here at Direct Office Chairs! We even have big and tall chairs to make sure all our customers are well taken care of with a chair that fits them and their needs!

Cut The Slouch: Save Your Body

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is for people to sit with the proper posture. Especially those people that do a lot of sitting. Sitting incorrectly can cause all sorts of problems for people, the least of that list being back pain. Do you want to deal with pain every day because you can’t remember to sit up straight? No, you most likely do not want to be in pain every day. If you do, continue slouching. Those that want to end their back pain problems, keep reading to find out what you need to do as this is a problem with a simple fix. Because of that, it doesn’t need to be a problem at all.

Most people that work at computers tend to lean forward towards the monitor which adds extra stress and pressure on the back, spine, neck, and shoulders. Even one inch forward adds up to ten extra pounds of pressure on your body and your spine. Think about all that extra pressure you are putting your body through dealing with for however many hours a day. No wonder you are sore and getting headaches.

Headaches are one of the most common consequences of not sitting up correctly. All the extra stress and pressure that you were putting on those muscles all day make them extra tired and overused. When you relieve that pressure at the end of the day, the muscles can spasm and this can bring about some pretty nasty and painful tension headaches.

Sitting improperly, with your head forward toward your monitor or whatever you are working on makes it so your spine isn’t aligned properly. This can also cause your jaw to be out of place. Your lower jaw will be pushed forward slightly, making your upper and lower teeth to not fit together as they should. This causes extra stress and pressure on your jaw muscles. Trust me, you don’t want to mess with how your jaw works. Jaw pain takes over your life and impedes all sorts of daily living activities from eating to sleeping to smiling.

Take the time to learn about how to sit with proper alignment. Your body will feel so much better if you take the time to practice it and for it to become a habit. Even better, put in the time to find an appropriate office chair to use that supports your spine appropriately to relieve stress and pressure. Our selection here at Direct Office Chairs is a great place to start if you are looking for high quality and affordable prices.

3 Exercises To Help You Get Better Posture

There are so many people that sit for the better portion of their days either at work, a home office, during meals, watching tv, and various other activities. Despite our knowledge of how hard this is for our bodies, many people are so unhappy or stressed out they struggle to have the energy to get out and about. This is unfortunate, because it is strongly supported that exercise boosts our happiness levels. So, since we are all sitting so much, we wanted to help you out by giving you some insight into a few exercises that will help you sit upright and minimize the damage that excessive sitting does to the human body.

Having an ergonomic and well-made office chair for much of the time you spend sitting down will be very helpful and reduce the amount of aches and pains you have, they don’t help a lot if you continue to slouch and you do not utilize the support. Try these exercises to help you out!

Relax your spine.

Do this by laying on your back, on the floor with your feet pulled in enough that your knees are comfortably bent. Place a rolled towel under your head, just high enough to support your neck. Stay in this position for 10 to 15 minutes and just allow your body to relax. You will feel your spine begin to release tension and lengthen out.

Practice standing up straight.

Yes, really, this will be harder than you think. While we aren’t recommending that you get strapped to a backboard, there are some benefits to practicing standing up straight. To do this, find a wall where you can stand against it without anything in the way. Line your feet, back, and the back of your head against the wall. Stay here for another 10 or 15 minutes. This will help your body remember what it feels like to stand up truly straight.

Leg and arm extensions.

This one you do by getting down on all fours on the floor. Equal out your weight to each of your hands and your knees. Pull your abs in to straighten out your back. Slowly extend one hand and the opposite leg parallel to the floor. Alternate hands and legs. Do as many as you can, maybe starting with ten or so.

Try to fit these exercises in with your regular exercise routine, or start building your routine with these simple exercises. Your body is going to thank you.

Features Of A Great Office Chair

Because you don’t want this to happen to you, too.

When you are looking for an office chair whether you will be using it at work or at home, you want to take the time to find the perfect one before you make such a large purchase. While our chairs are priced with affordability and quality in mind, you still want to find the best one for you before you spend money. A good office chair is an investment in your health and wellness. Having the right office chair can make the difference between aching muscles and joints and feeling good. We understand all this well so we put together a short list of some of the best qualities to look for in an office chair.

Ergonomic in design and quality.

Choosing the proper chair that is designed in an ergonomic manner is the number one thing to look for when browsing for a new office chair. Finding a high quality chair that supports you in all the right places and is comfortable for your body type is vital to your health and how you feel. We all have heard about how sitting for long periods of time on a regular basis is not good for you. Desk jobs can make that hard to get around, so finding a chair that appropriately supports you when you are sitting can make a huge difference.

Find a chair with a five-point tip base.

Chairs that have a five-point tip base are going to help make sure that you don’t tip over when you recline to rest your head and neck. This is important because when you recline in a chair that tips over easily, you may end up with an injury or two, or some bruising. Finding this more supportive and stable base is important for allowing you to sit back and rest after working for a long time at a desk.

Adjustability and movability are vital.

A good office chair will allow the owner to adjust the chair to fit their body, their desk, and their activities. Find a chair that allows for vertical adjustment to make sure your legs will be supported properly and you won’t be hunched up or unable to touch the floor. Most chairs allow for side to side movement as well, which helps you keep from twisting into unnatural positions to reach that something or other that is just out of your reach. Along those same lines, it is also a good idea to choose a chair that has stable and user-friendly wheels because it allows you to move about more easily in your office.

Preparing For The Holidays At Work

Although the holiday season is supposed to be magical and cheery, people often feel stressed and worried about all the things they have to do. This stress is compounded by those that have to try to schedule time off work in order to make it to Thanksgiving dinner at grandma’s or fly home for Christmas. The bustle and hustle of the season begins earlier and earlier every year, with Christmas decorations and things on display at the store beginning in October. In order to help you get some of the stress of your plate, at work at least, we put together a few steps you can take to prepare for the holidays so leaving work isn’t as stressful as coming back to it.

Schedule your days off ahead of time and remind coworkers and your boss of those upcoming days as often as you need to.

Knowing that you have the right days off in advance allows you to make sure you have time to get those plane tickets or finalize other travel plans for those days. It can be helpful to remind everyone of your days off when they consider planning things that you may need to be at while you are not available. It is also helpful to those that work closely with you to know ahead of time the days you won’t be in the office so they aren’t surprised or negatively impacted at work by your absence.

Work ahead and prioritize your tasks to prepare for taking a holiday from work.

This can be very important for those that get really stressed about leaving work undone before a vacation. The truth is that many jobs are just never truly done or caught up and learning to prioritize tasks before you leave is the best you can do. Everyone needs a holiday and it is ok that you are taking one. Do what you can and notify anyone that needs to know (like a supervisor) of things that may need attention while you are away.

Remember to program an automatic email reply and set an answering machine message alerting those that may be trying to get ahold of you when you will be back in the office.

This will cut down on a lot of stress when you come back to work. While it surely won’t cut down on how many messages and emails you received while you were out, it likely will at least cut down on the amount of angry ones you get about why you aren’t responding right away.

Clean up your desk and office.

This is a great way to leave for your holiday. Making sure that things look orderly and are put away properly gives you some closure to leave for holiday and makes coming back from it a bit less overwhelming. This is also a great time to do a quick cleaning of your office chair and some basic maintenance such as tightening screws.

Other Places And Times To Use An Office Chair

Direct Office Chairs is proud of its large array of products and the high quality office chairs we supply to our customers. There are selections and options for those that need extra support for their back, chairs with wheels, and a section for big and tall chairs as well! Not only this, but there are even draft chairs on our site that we are excited to be able to provide for an affordable price. The truth is that most often people think of our chairs and products as office chairs, home office chairs, or reception furniture. The truth is, there are many other places that you use chairs, and you may want to take a look at the options on our site before settling for something of lesser value or a higher price from somewhere else.

Think about how often you are sitting down each day. There are more times and places you are sitting other than while at the office. People sit down to use their laptop or write, or read often. Others enjoy activities that are done while sitting such as sewing or playing card games. When it comes down to it, there are improvements you can make for all the places you may be sitting during the day. Anywhere that you are going to be sitting very often should offer you the support and ergonomic qualities that will prevent injury, strain and pain.

While browsing our selection of office chairs, take time to consider some of them for your sewing table instead of that fold up chair we all know you are using. Make sure to replace your computer chair if you do a lot of computer work and are using something that does not help support your spine and keep it healthy.

Our draft chairs make excellent additions to breakfast bars in your home for additional and stylish seating. If you are someone that likes to have prominent, stylish, and professional looking chairs for your dining room table, you may even like some of our leather chairs for your dining room!

Don’t let the office chair label fool you, our chairs are great options for anyone that is looking for a comfortable, ergonomic chair that supports you in all the right places! Or anyone looking for a stylish and sleek chair to complement a modern home.

Stretches For A Sore Back

There is something particularly painful about having a sore back. When you hurt other parts of your body, it is simple to avoid using the sore or injured part for some time while it heals, the same can’t be said for a back. Your back and your spine are central to most movements and will be affected to some point no matter how careful you are.

There are so many ways to hurt your back from standing all day in bad shoes, sleeping on the wrong type of mattress or in the wrong position, to sitting in a chair that is not ergonomically designed. If you find that you are having trouble with a sore back or having tight muscles in your back, it would be a good idea to treat the real problem by replacing your bed or office chair, but in the meantime, check out some of the stretches and ideas below to help your back feel better.

Before you start really stretching out your muscles it is a good idea to loosen them up some with some light movements to get your blood flowing. This can be something as simple as walking in place, twisting gently at the waist from side to side, or even putting a warm washcloth on your back for a while.

Standard Touch Your Toes Stretches

This is the basic stretch that almost everyone knows, but don’t utilize when it comes to maintaining flexibility or stretching out tight muscles. All you have to do is to stand with your feet slightly apart and bend at the waist and reach towards your toes. It isn’t necessary that you touch your toes or that your chest touches your knees, just that you reach until you feel a firm stretch in your back.

Laying Down Knees To Chest

Another great option for relieving some back tightness and pain is to lay down on the floor on your back. Pull your knees up to your chest and hold them there with your arms. Remember to breathe with the stretch and hold it for at least the count of ten. Release and then repeat as needed.

Stretching can be a wonderful way to keep your body in better shape and to avoid many of the pains that come with having an office job or any job where you sit for large portions of the day. You can also find stretches meant to help stretch different areas of the body to target problem areas!

General Maintenance To Make Your Office Chair Last

Whether it is your home office chair, your office building chair, or what have you, to keep a chair in good condition they need a little love. You went through the process of finding the right office chair and spending money on something you want to last. The thing is, too many people think that office chairs will just keep on rolling through the years without worry from the owner. This isn’t the case entirely. Bi-annual maintenance, at least, can thoroughly extend the life of your chair and make it more enjoyable to continue using it.

What do you do for maintenance on an office chair, you ask? It is pretty simple really. Keeping it clean and free of stains and spills is a great step in keeping your chair in good condition. If you have a fabric office chair it is a great idea to do a quick once over with a vacuum to suck out all the dust and things that accumulate over time. It is best to do this weekly but if you find that just doesn’t fit in with your schedule, try doing it every other week.

Those with plastic, mesh, or other type chairs aren’t off the hook from weekly cleaning either. Make sure to wipe them down with a damp cloth, take care not to use too much water, just enough to wipe it clean.

If you spill on your chair, food or a drink perhaps when you were too busy to take a proper lunch break in the break room, make sure to take quick action. Use something to soak up as much of the spill as possible (especially important with fabric chairs), and then gently try to wipe the spill up with a damp cloth. If the stain is persistent, make sure to use an upholstery safe and gentle cleaner to try to remove the stain.

Another important part of regular office chair maintenance is to tighten up all the screws on your chair every six months. Your chair most likely came with this instruction in the box somewhere. Screws get loose over time and it is important for your chair to keep working properly to tighten them appropriately about every six months. Be careful not to tighten them too tight or strip the screws as this will make it very hard to adjust your chair in the future. If you have questions regarding your office chair from Direct Office Chairs and its maintenance, give us a call!