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Stress Relief Exercise
Interested in improving moods, improving health, improving vitality, stress relief? Then this total body stress reducing exercise is for you! The stress reduction exercise only requires a few minutes daily and helps considerably in improving one's mood, vitality throughout the day. A perfect stress management solution!
Find a quiet place or room in the home and sit in a comfortable chair. It is vitally important to feel relaxed and to calm the mind. Close your eyes. Now, breathe in and out calmly. Focus your mind on the breath going in and the breath going out for a few seconds. Feel the inhalation and exhalation. Of course one's mind often wanders off course to all kinds of thoughts. Learn to steer it back on track and focus in on your breathing. Don't get stressed. This might take a few tries before success.
Stress Reduction Exercise
Take this quiet time to enjoy the peacefulness of your surroundings. Let your entire body relax. Stay in this peaceful, stress free mode, for about 5 to 10 minutes. After practicing this relaxation technique for awhile consider adding a few more minutes to the relaxation period.
Here is how to complete the stress reduction exercise. Start counting slowly from one to ten. When ten is reached slowly open the eyes. Take a few deep breaths. These deep breaths also contribute to reducing stress levels. Slowly begin to adjust to the light and surroundings. Start to move your head around and rotate shoulders forward and then back. Shake the arms out. Twist the body side to side. Stretch the legs out in front of you for a few seconds. Then wiggle your toes. Take another deep breath and slowly stand up. That's It! You've just completed a great stress reduction exercise. Aim for performing this exercise 4 or 5 times per week to enjoy the benefits. And progressively challenge yourself by adding more minutes.
More Stress Relief Exercises
Here are a series of exercises to improve flexibility and reduce stress. Note: after you've mastered the above exercise move on to this series of exercises and always contact your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Neck - Stand tall, feet shoulder width apart. Arms dropped to the sides. Slowly turn head to the right and look over right shoulder. Repeat on the left side.
Shoulders - Stand tall, arms at sides. Lift shoulders up towards ears and then back down. Repeat several times.
Arms/Shoulders - Place your hands behind the back and clasp hands together. Lift arms upwards a few inches and release. Remember to keep shoulders relaxed.
Legs - Sit on the floor. Legs stretched in front. Take one leg in arms and very gently pull the leg toward your chest. Grasp leg just below knee and pull backward. Don't try to force leg all the way back. Take the other leg and perform the same movement.
Back - Lie down on your back on the floor. Knees should be bent. Keep knees together and gently pull them to the chest while keeping the back perfectly flat against the floor. Relax and take a few deep breaths.
Concentrate on all the exercises while performing them and breathe in and out deeply. Practice four or five times per week for flexibility and stress management.
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