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Stretching to Relieve Stress

Stretching to Relieve Stress

According to Campus Health Center, stress builds up, creating physical and mental stiffness. Stretching by lightening the tension of your muscles can be an effective way to prevent or relieve stress.

By incorporating stretching into your daily routine, you can improve:

  • Circulation 
  • Range of motion
  • Posture
  • Joint tension
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Performance
  • Your ability to relax

A complete stretching routine can take at least 10 minutes. Focus on stretching the muscles you use most during your workout or throughout the day.

Stretching technique - 

  1. Stretch the muscles on both sides of your body evenly.
  2. Never stretch to the point of pain or discomfort.
  3. Always stretch slowly.
  4. Do not bounce or jerk while stretching.
  5. Don't forget to breathe. 

Here are a few stretches that can ease your body, mind, and spirit. 


Upper back stretching -

  1. Stand with your knees slightly bent or sit up straight.
  2. Clasp your hands in front of you, arms parallel to floor.
  3. Keep your head relaxed.
  4. Round your upper back. Push hands forward, palms away from body.
  5. Hold for twenty to thirty seconds, breathing steadily. Repeat two to five times.

Neck stretch -

  1. Stand with your knees slightly bent or sit up straight.
  2. Drop chin to your chest.
  3. Place hands on back of head. Gently push down until you feel slight stretch.
  4. Hold for twenty to thirty seconds, breathing steadily. Repeat two to five times.

Towel stretch for legs - 

  1. Find a dish or hand towel to help you stretch.
  2. Lay on your back, abdominal muscles tightened, knees bent, and feet on floor.
  3. Extend one leg toward ceiling. Keep knee slightly bent.
  4. Place towel behind back of leg or ankle (not behind knee), holding both ends.
  5. Pull towel toward your chest until you feel a stretch.
  6. Hold for twenty to thirty seconds, breathing steadily. Repeat two to five times.

To read more on stretching for relaxation, visit Campus Health Center


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