An Exercise that Combats Holiday Stress

November 22, 2010 at 1:13 am Leave a comment

With the holidays around the corner, most of your “To-Do Lists” get longer and longer with less time to accomplish each task. As we all know the holidays, despite how wonderful they are, can become a little stressful. We may tend to think that we do not have time to exercise because things are so hectic, but exercise is one of the best ways to combat stress. Stress can reek havoc on your healthy lifestyle, not to mention your immune system or waistline. For one way to fight the effects of stress on your body is make time for yourself. The following exercise only takes about 10 minutes and you will reap the rewards of it throughout your day.

Here’s how:

Step 1:Find an empty wall with a small area in the floor; get a small pillow to place under your head and a small cloth towel to lay across your eyes.

Step 2:Sit on the floor sideways with your shoulder, hips, and feet a few inches away from the wall. Roll towards your back with your feet swinging up the wall. You should be lying on your back, with your butt as close to the wall as possible and your legs lying on the wall. Your feet should be towards the ceiling. (If you can’t keep your legs straight then scoot your hips / butt back away from the wall just until you are able to maintain a straight leg position.)

Step 3:Place a small pillow or towel roll under your neck and lay a small towel across your eyes. Let your arms lie by your side just wider than your shoulders and palms up facing the ceiling.

Step 4:Do 1 to 2 minutes of slow controlled breathing: Deep long inhalation, hold 2-3 seconds then long exhalation. After 1-2 minutes of this type of breathing, resume normal slow controlled breathing. Let the floor support your body and be conscious of any muscles that feel tense making a conscious effort to relax them.

Step 5:After about 10 minutes of this position, bend your knees towards your chest and roll up to a sitting position. Hold sitting position for about 2 minutes before resuming your normal activities. If you get up to fast you may feel dizzy.

Caution:You should not do this pose if you are pregnant or menstruating or if you have a hiatal hernia, heart problems, or glaucoma.

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