Monday, February 13, 2012

Feel Better in Two Minutes

If You're Seriously Stressed - The best fix is breathing. Close your eyes and inhale deeply through your nose. Hold for five counts; exhale through your nose for ten counts. Repeat for two minutes. This can deactivate your fight-or-flight response and help you relax.

If Your Shoulders are Tense - Stand with your back against a wall, heels together, arms by sides. Slowly roll upper body down, head toward floor until you're hanging upside down, arms loose and swinging freely. Do eight small uncontrolled circles with your arms, releasing the tension in your shoulders. Reverse the circles for eight reps; slowly roll back up the wall.

If Your Lower Back is Killing You - Try the Supine Crossover. Lie on your back with legs extended, arms at sides. Gently pull right knee to your chest while holding the back of your thigh. Release and stretch right knee across body to the left as far as you can, keeping both shoulders on the floor, your arms in a T-shape. Hold for thirty seconds and release. Switch legs and repeat. Do two times on each side.

If You Have A Tension Headache - The cause is often neck tension. With your right arm at your side, tilt head toward shoulder, pulling head gently with left hand to deepen stretch. Hold for thirty seconds; repeat two times on each side.

If You Have No Energy - Try the bridge pose. It allows the lungs to fully expand so more oxygen circulates to your brain and muscles. Lie on your back, knees bent, heels directly under knees. Lift hips, clasping hands underneath your back. Hold for thirty seconds, breathing slowly.

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