3 Quick Ways to Relieve Stress
Simple Stress-Relieving Exercises
When You’re Feeling Jittery...
Get rid of nervous tension by inhaling as you take four steps, then exhaling for four steps. Repeat for at least three minutes (the longer, the better). Work up to six to eight steps per inhale and exhale.
When You Need a Moment...
To recenter your mind and body, sit on the floor in a comfortable position with a straight back. Look at the second hand of a watch. Inhale for three seconds, then smoothly exhale for three more. Repeat for at least three minutes.
When You’re Really Tense...
Move 1: The Cat-CowSit straight in a chair and place both feet flat on the floor. Exhale as you round your spine forward into a cow pose (top). Then inhale as you arch your back into a cat pose (bottom). Repeat for five more breaths.
Move 2: Side to Side
Move 3: Twist
With arms bent by your side, exhale and rotate your torso to the right. Inhale back to the center and twist to the left. Repeat for five more breaths.