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Many of our guests complain of pain in their shoulders and upper back, especially those who come in for massage therapy treatments. We’ve found, that often times, this is due to unnecessary stress, which hampers their posture and adds strain to their upper back muscles. Here’s a fun statistic for you: 85% of our clients are people who work office jobs. That means they’re sitting at a desk for most of their day and using a computer to do their work. Naturally, this results in poor posture, and if they have a stressful, demanding job, and are not living a healthy lifestyle that incorporates daily exercise, it’s even worse…

Side note: we actually recommend regular massage treatments if you work in an office. At least once a month, if not once a week.

If you’re someone who is dealing with chronic pain in your neck, shoulders, and upper back muscles, a few simple stress-reducing lifestyle changes might do the trick. Here are our 5 top tips for reducing stress at home and work.

#1. Go to bed and wake up earlier. We’re all busy, and there are only so many hours in a day. If you find that you’re struggling to check off everything on your to-do list, it may be because you’re not maximizing efficient use of your time. Going to bed and waking up earlier can help to remedy this situation. In fact, some of the wealthiest, most successful people in the world wake up at 5 a.m. every day. Working in the week hours of the morning enables you to accomplish a larger amount of tasks in a time period when most of the rest of the world is still snoozing.

#2. Spend more time outside. The sun is your best source of Vitamin D3, which is necessary for a strong immune system. There’s also much to be said for the feeling you get when you experience a little fresh air. Most Americans are Vitamin D3 deficient and often experience fatigue and brain fog as a result. When you’re feeling foggy, go outdoors and walk around for a while to clear your mind.

#3. Take more breaks. As humans, our attention span is short. We need consistent, short breaks in order to be more productive. When you start to experience your morning or afternoon slump (frequently following a coffee crash), take it as a sign that you should probably get up, stretch, clear your mind, and maybe even take a walk outside.

#4. Get a massage. You probably knew we would put this in here somewhere. And for good reason. Massage therapy is a wonderful stress-reliever. Get on a regular schedule at your local spa, and your muscles are sure to stay pain-free.

#5. Keep your home and office clean. If you don’t have time to clean yourself, hire a professional cleaning service! Research has proven that a clutter-free environment reduces stress dramatically. (My good friend Jennifer Hall owns a cleaning company in South Carolina, and she can attest to this first-hand!)

What other tips do you have to relieve or reduce stress in your life?