Easy Moves That Relieve Stress
Posted by Nancy on March 29, 2010
The stress level is high these days for most people. With unemployment a constant worry and the economy threatening to derail plans for the future, it is no wonder that so many of us are laboring under a huge amount of mental pressure on a daily basis. Stress is small doses is not necessarily a bad thing. Much to the contrary. Small amounts of stress can actually be beneficial as a way of providing needed stimulus for working hard and doing our best. However, the amount of stress that so many of us are currently feeling is anything but positive.
Stress is known to be the catalyst for many serious health problems including high blood pressure, an increase in risk for strokes and heart attacks, and a suppressant to the immune system. These are all conditions that we wish to avoid, so how do we go about doing just that?
Exercise! Exercise is a great stress buster and is far preferable to popping a bunch of pills to try to achieve the same result. Unfortunately, the word “exercise” seems to scare a lot of people away. This does not need to be the case. There are some very simple stress relieving moves that almost anyone can perform to reap desirable health benefits.
Walking slowly while consciously taking deep, long, in and out breaths is a surefire way to slow your heart rate and calm your frayed nerves. Do this easy move when your are feeling frazzled and you will be amazed at how quickly that jittery feeling dissipates.
In a standing position, bend your neck slowly side to side a few times and then allow your head to revolve in a circular motion (very slowly) first in one direction and then the reverse. With your head facing straight ahead, allow your shoulder to lift and lower while also making a circular motion. A large amount of the stress that has been resting heavily on those shoulders will evaporate.
Sit cross-legged on the floor with your back straight and your arms down, with the back of your hands resting gently against your knees. Begin your slow, deep breathing again, being conscious of each time your inhale and exhale. Repositioning your body and mind in total relaxation (even though for a very brief period of time) is a very effective way to combat the stress that is a constant threat to your overall well being.
Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com, an online retailer specializing in basketball backboards and punching dummies.