4 Stress-Busting Moves You Can Do Anytime
Got a few minutes? Take a break from holiday hassles.
4 Easy Ways to Ease Stress continued...
3. HUP, two, three, four. "You might want to close your door
before you start, but march in place," says Durkin. "Do high marches to
really get your blood going."
4. Chair squats. When you're sitting in your office after a stressful
encounter with the boss, chair squats are a quick and easy way to release some
"Activate the large muscles in your legs by doing a set of 10
squats," says Pittsley. "To do this, simply find a chair and slowly
lower yourself until your behind slightly touches the chair. Finally, raise
yourself back up slowly."
After a set or two, you should feel ready for another round with the boss
(or whoever is stressing you out).
Choose Your Weapon
When it comes to stress busting, the bottom line is to do whatever works
best for you.
"There's no magic pill. Whatever people enjoy doing is great," says
Durkin. "Whether it is power walking, running, Pilates, yoga, or weights,
the most important thing is that people carve out three to four times a week
when they can exercise for 20-30 minutes and really get their heart rates up to
reduce the negative effects of stress and anxiety."