Whether you’re searching for a new job, settling into a new role or dealing with the daily challenges of your current position it’s easy to get stressed out about work. A few simple stretches could help you relax and let some of that stress go. We all need a little stress relief on the job, especially if we are serving other people, as many of our Brookdale team members do. Here are some great stretches you can do just about anywhere:
1. Take Deep Breathes – Start by closing your eyes, concentrating only on your breathing. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, holding the breath in for as long as you can and waiting as long as you can to inhale. The slower you can breath in and out the better. Slow breathing triggers the relaxation centers of your brain. Do this for at least one minute and up to five minutes. You will feel calm and rested when you are done.
2. Pull on those Arms – Interlace your fingers and extend your arms as far as possible. You can raise your hands above you head, to the side or press down. Sitting or standing works. Hold each stretch for 8-to-12 seconds. Play with your movement. Stretch up, out and down. You can even interlace behind your back and stretch. You’ll be surprised how much tension will leave your shoulders with these stretches.
3. Bend the Back – Sit in a chair and reach down toward your ankles, bending your back like a cat. Then raise your head and arch your back, creating a space between the small of your back and the chair. Do both of these movements three to five times. You’ll feel a release in your back and in your stress.
4. Involve the Legs – Sitting in a chair, lift your leg up and straighten. Point our toes up, hold for a few seconds, then bring them back down. You’ll feel different stretches in various areas of your legs. While standing, put your hands on your hips, lean to each side. You’ll feel the stretch down your side body.
Benefits of stretching regularly:
• Strengthen muscles and joints
• Stress and tension release
• Elevated mood
• Ease pain and stiffness
• Improved circulation
• Improve efficiency
• Clearer thinking
So don’t just be aware of your stress, do what you can to ease it. Take a minute or two to take care of yourself, manage your stress… and stretch it out!Share this: