Having the right balance of physical and emotional labor is extremely important for those in physical jobs as well as those in office or “emotional” jobs. If you spend a great deal of time behind a computer or in an office setting, you need to set aside regular breaks of physical activity to get you moving and break up the day. Similarly, those who work in positions requiring a great deal of physical labor need to offset it with periods of downtime.
I have found over the years that I often can perform physical labor for greater periods when I break it up with an activity such as reading or hopping on the internet. Similarly, a walk around the office, rearranging some furniture or doing some cleaning helps me get my head back on after hours behind the computer.
No matter what your position at work is, be sure to have the right mix of physical and emotional labor to keep yourself healthy, both physically and mentally.