Could your office ergonomics be causing anxiety?

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Increased anxiety is the latest of a string of conditions to be linked to sedentary behaviour.

Prolonged sitting has previously been linked to health conditions including heart disease, type two diabetes and osteoporosis, as well as symptoms of depression. 

According to AAP, new research by Melbourne’s Deakin University has now linked long episodes of sitting still to anxiety – which is estimated to affect more than 27 million people globally.

Anxiety can manifest itself physically, with symptoms including heart palpitations, difficulty breathing and headaches.

The research was published in the BMC Public Health journal, and analysed the results of nine studies that investigated the correlation between sedentary behaviour and anxiety.

Several sedentary behaviours – including activities such as watching television and using a computer – were studied, alongside the total time spent sitting during the day.

Five studies found that an increase in these behaviours was associated with a higher risk of anxiety, while four found that the total sitting time was influential.

Researchers suggested that disturbances in sleeping patterns, withdrawing from social relationships or poor metabolic health – all of which were linked to prolonged sitting – could be causing the anxiety.

It was added that supplementary studies will be required to draw a conclusion.
  • Lisa Newby on 8/01/2016 12:19:01 p.m.

    We run a Wellness programme at the Trust I work for. We all support each other to ensure we get up and move around as much as possible. Walking meetings (weather permitted), 10 minute walk around the block mid morning (which isn't considered part of morning tea breaks). Sit to stand desks for staff who sit most of the day (we chose Varidesk for ours). We also have a Self-Care basket in the kitchen which has things like colouring in books, puzzles, inspirational quote books, UNO for our lunchtime UNO tournaments, etc. I'm implementing a "no-lift Feb" where for those who can, use the stairs instead of the lift during the month of February. Hopefully it will create a habit of using the stairs.

  • Chirag Dagli on 23/07/2015 11:54:51 p.m.

    Office chairs that creep up higher when the worker goes out to the photocopier, contribute to neck bending and bad posture injuries.

  • Marcia Johns on 20/06/2015 1:08:20 a.m.

    The people who are more anxious (introverted) are going to be more sedentary. It's a tough condition to deal with for sure, and starting hitting me hard during my college years as I started to crumble under social expectations as well as those of my parents... I highly suggest utilizing the Panic Away program by Joe Barry which was an extremely effective solution to deal with it for me.

  • Charles Rablin on 19/06/2015 12:51:46 p.m.

    Office chairs that creep up higher when the worker goes out to the photocopier, contribute to neck bending and bad posture injuries. That's what I think.

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