When you’re feeling stressed, taking a short walk may provide just the change of scene you may need to re-energize and gain a new perspective.
Take a deep breath and stretch out to begin. As you walk along let your arms swing in opposition to your legs. That means when your right foot steps forward, your left arm swings forward, and when your left foot steps forward your right arm swings forward. (See walkers in photo at right.)
Once you are walking begin a rhythmic pattern of even breathing such as this: 2 steps breathe in; 2 steps breathe out; 2 steps breathe in; 2 steps breathe out and continue.
If you enjoy singing, bellow out a tune. Singing lifts the spirit and is something to think about other than problems.
The combination of rhythmic breathing, walking with arms and legs in opposition, and singing is energizing, and gives some minutes of freedom from stress.
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