A Few De-stressing Exercises Beyond Stretching

De stressing exercisesThere is something about modern society that creates stress. Whether you are trying to make it out the door on time, fighting traffic on the way to work, or figuring out what to make for dinner.

Stress is everywhere.

One of the greatest things that you can do for your overall health and well-being is figuring out ways to de-stress your life. Here are some of the best de stressing exercises that you can do.

They will help relieve the pressure of daily life.

Stretching

Stretching is a long slow process that allows your muscles to relax and lengthen. The process in itself is a relaxing process for your muscles. Many of us hold our stress and tension in our muscles, especially the muscles in our necks and backs.

Stretching out these muscle groups can be an excellent way to relieve anxiety that you didn’t even know you had. If you are looking for de stressing exercises that you can do anywhere, stretching is the way to go.

Yoga

Yoga is a complete mind-body practice, and has been touted by almost every medical specialty to have stress-relieving properties.

Yoga de stressing exerciseThe amazing thing about yoga is that it is prescribed by mental health professionals (along with traditional treatments) to help relieve things like depression and anxiety.

This de-stressing exercise can help you center your thoughts and find focus where you may not have been able to find peace before.

If you’re new to yoga, it is best to go to a class or find a private instructor. A class with an instructor will give you the added benefit of learning how to do the yoga movements with breathing techniques.

Part of the relaxation in yoga comes from learning the movement and breathing combination. It is worth the investment in yourself to go and check out a live yoga class and see what kind of relaxation you can get from the class.

Muscle Relaxation Exercises

There is a very easy technique to learn when trying to relax your muscles. This technique is done by focusing on the muscle group you would like to relax.

You then will begin by tightening or tensing the muscle as tight as you can and holding that intensity for a 10-second count.

Once the 10 seconds has passed, you relax the muscle. Repeat this two or three times for the muscle group, and you should have a very relaxed muscle. You can do this for targeted muscle groups that have high tension or all over to relax your entire body.

For some excellent de stressing exercises you would want to start with the muscles in your feet and work your way up to the muscles in your neck. By the time you’re done each muscle in your body will have tensed and then relaxed giving you a sense of ease and comfort.

Walking  De Stressing Exercises

Walking is one of the most popular de stressing exercises available. The great thing about walking is that it is free and can be done almost anywhere at any time.

If you had a particularly stressful morning at work, it is easy to take 10 minutes on your break and go for a walk around the building. If you had a rough afternoon a quick walk to relieve stress as well.

The great thing about walking is that it does not require any special equipment, training or practice.

All you need to do is get out and walk.

De stressing walk

When walking to de-stress, try focusing your mind on things that are pleasant or relaxing.

If you’re walking and you notice your mind is wandering to more stressful topics refocus.

You should keep your thoughts positive because it will give you a  relaxing and stress-free walk.

Now you have a great list of exercises that you can do to help relieve stress both at home and away from home. Anytime you feel the extra tension in your muscles or added stress from daily activities, make sure you are taking the time to relieve that stress and anxiety.

Giving yourself the time and attention needed to adequately reduce stress through exercise will give you an overall better quality of life.

 

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