Good Health Tips

Ever feel bogged down and stressed out? Did you wake up this morning and think to yourself “It’s ONLY Wednesday?!” . 

Then you’ve come to the right place.

These helpful tips from Good Housekeeping are extremely simple, easy-to-do at work, stress busting methods.

{Trust me, I’ve tried them}

Here are some of my favorites:

Swallow Truth Serum

Ever tell one of your friends you’d love to meet them for dinner, but in reality you’d rather slam your finger in a car door than leave the comfort of your home tonight?

Well Good Housekeeping says to Swallow Truth Serum, “The goal isn’t to drop bombshells (“I’ve always hated you in black”), but to be honest in loving way”.  So this month, this week, or even just today, be honest with your feelings, “It’s incredibly liberating and is a quick way to reduce your stress levels”.

Separating Clouds

“Stand with your feet shoulder-distance apart, knees slightly bent, arms crossed at the wrists in front of your pelvis. As you inhale, straighten your legs and sweep your arms above your head. Exhale and open your arms out to your sides and back to the starting position. Repeat 5 times, then reverse the movement (opening out to the sides first) for 5 reps”.

Bellows Breath

I found this exercise to be very soothing, but had the pat-your-head, rub-your-belly at the same time issue. Maybe its just me…

“Sit cross-legged on the floor with your spine tall {I sat in my chair}. Bend your elbows and bring your hands in front of your shoulders in loose fists. As you inhale, straighten your arms above your head and open your palms. Exhale strongly through your nose and bring your hands back to shoulder-height fists. Repeat for 20 breaths”. 

Office Mini Massage

This only times 30 seconds. Of course you can go longer if you want.

“Rest your elbows on your desk and place your thumbs under your eyebrows on either side of the bridge of your nose. Let the weight of your head rest on your thumbs for 10 seconds. Then pinch your eyebrows with your thumbs and index fingers. Hold for 1 second, then move your fingers a half-inch out. Repeat until you’ve covered the whole brow”.

Belly Breathing

The Belly Breathing method requires that you lay on the floor, but if you can recline in your office chair it will work. It’s all about the deep breathing. For those of you who usually suck in the gut, don’t. The more loose you are, the better.

“Lying on the floor, rest your hands on your belly and feel them rise and fall with your breath. Begin breathing first into the belly, then the rib cage, and finally the chest. Exhale in the reverse order — chest, ribs, stomach. Continue for five minutes. You’re flushing stale air and ushering in fresh oxygen — perfect for letting out old stresses and preparing for the week ahead”.

Shake it Off

You definitely want to do this with the office door closed.

“Stand with your knees bent slightly. Begin shaking your hands. Gradually add your forearms, upper arms, shoulders, and head. Allow your movements to grow into little jumps. Keep all your joints soft as you jump in a circle first to the right, then to the left”.

If your experience with this is anything like mine, you’ll be laughing by the time you’ve completed the exercise. As they say, “Laughter is the best medicine”.

I hope these tips help relieve and revitalize you as the week carries on.

For the rest of Good Housekeepings Stress Reducing Tips go to:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/stress-relief

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