There are some days when I’d love to smack stress around instead of feeling beat up. I have discovered, though, that things never seem as bad as I first thought after a good night’s sleep or a workout. If you’re having one of those days, here are a few stress-reducing moves that may help rejig your brain and ease off stress levels.
There’s a reason they say to walk away from a situation. According to the American Anxiety and Depression Association of America, walking reduces stress by relieving anxiety and depression. If a casual stroll doesn't cut it, keep your arms bent and moving, and take quick, short steps, just like a speed walker.
This exercise can be tough for women who aren’t used to working out. But that’s good because it makes you focus on the move – and not falling on your face. Start on your toes and hands, with your arms extended. Your hands should be positioned slightly wider than shoulder-width. Your head and neck should be inline with your back and legs. Lower your body as low as you can go by bending your arms (not at the waist). Push yourself back up, still keeping your head, back and legs straight.
Yogis always seem so calm, don’t they? Try the Salutation Seal to get you in a meditative and relaxed state. You can do this while standing or seated with your knees bent and feet tucked in. Bring your hands together like you’re praying, and press firmly. Bow your head slightly and position your chest up and out. Hold this for several minutes and focus on your breathing and posture – nothing else.