We know that stress can make us feel overwhelmed mentally but it can also leave us feeling tired and sore physical. We typically feel the tension from stress in the muscles around our neck, shoulders and upper back. When these muscles in particular are tight and they can lead to tension headaches as well as reduced blood flow to our brains which can further fog up our ability to think clearly. Taking a short break to refresh your body during times of high stress can help reduce the building muscle tension and increase blood flow to your brain.
This series of four exercises; Shoulder Rolls, Shoulder Hinges, Anti-Slouch Stretch and Neck Mobility, target the specific areas that often feel most sore when we are under stress. To further enhance the stress relief, we advise closing your eyes and focussing on taking nice deep breaths as your preform the stretches. This allows you to relax your busy mind and tense body at the same time.
It’s important that the exercises are performed properly to get maximum benefit.
Please download and review our Exercise Guides to learn the proper technique.