Relaxation Tips

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Let's say you've been sitting inside at work all day.

The boss has been on you. You've got deadlines to meet and your body's feeling stressed. What can you do to break away? You can get outside.

And if you do, the very first thing I'm going to recommend you do is take some deep breaths. This alone will take some of that edge off. So here we go. We'll take a nice deep inhale and then fully exhale. We'll do that two more times. Inhale deeply and exhale fully. One more time. Inhale deeply. Exhale fully.

Great. That starts the process. We're going to add some arm movements. On an inhale, we're going to sweep up. And on an exhale, we're going to let those arms release. Beautiful. Two more. On an inhale, rise. On an exhale, fall. And last one here. On an inhale, we stretch high. On an exhale, we fall toward the earth.

Good. If you're fortunate enough to have a fence, you can work your way over there to stretch out your back. We'll place both hands on top of the railing. Feet a little bit back. Hip width apart. Shoulder width. And just let your hips fall away. Keep a slight bend in your knees. And we're just going to stretch out that back. Try to keep a straight line between your wrists, your shoulders, and your back.

Get as much length as you can. And just breathe. Hold this for about 10 to 15 seconds. You'll come on up. We'll get your legs next. Simply stand tall. Hands on the rail. Cross your left foot over on top of that right thigh, just above the knee.

We're going to sink deep into that hip. And what we're looking to do is keep the knee just over the main part of the foot. We don't want to drop back too far. Keep it over the center of the foot itself. And just sink into that hip.

If you want a little extra stretch, drop that arm off and gently press it on the thigh. Make sure you get both sides. Again, hold it for about 10 to 15 seconds. You'll come on back up. The last one is going to open up your chest and shoulders. You'll face away from that fence, place both hands on it, feet relatively close to the fence, and then just let your shoulders open up as that body falls away.

You may even want to look up. And just breathe deeply. Again, hold that for about 10 to 15 seconds. You do those simple little things and in no time, you're going to be feeling a lot less stress in your life.