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Under pressure? Just pause.

Managing a grants program can be stressful, and too much stress can lead to burnout.

“When we feel under pressure, our impulse can be to push, but it’s important to pause,” says Naomi Worthington, non-profit professional and trained yoga instructor. “A few mindful moments can recharge us and transform our ability to meet challenges.”

Naomi suggests incorporating the healthy poses below into your workday. Click here for more on Workplace Wellness, including a guided video of additional healthy poses.

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1) When you're prepping to make a first-time call to a funder

Wonder Woman. Stand with hands on hips, legs wide, and chest lifted. Take five deep breaths, extending the exhales as long as you can.

2) When your brain has turned to mush

Seated Twist. Place your feet flat on the floor and sit up straight with your palms on your thighs.  Leading with your chest, twist your torso to look over your right shoulder. If you want to deepen the stretch, place your left hand on the outside of your right thigh for leverage. Repeat the twist to the left.

3) When you've been sitting at your computer for too long

Chest Opener. Interlace your fingers at your low back, palms face down. Keeping your fingers laced and your palms facing away, slowly raise your arms until they are straight out behind you. Press back through the palms and draw the shoulders back to deepen the stretch in the chest and armpits.

4) When you receive a grant decline letter

Just Breathe. Sit up straight. Breathe in for three counts, filling your belly, then your chest, then your throat. Hold three counts. Exhale for five counts, expelling your breath completely. Repeat three times.

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