10 Calming Stretches to Relieve Stress and Restore Balance

10 Calming Stretches to Relieve Stress and Restore Balance

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In today's fast-paced world, stress has become an inevitable part of our lives. With September comes the end of summer and the return to school, or just a busy few months leading to the holidays.


Long work hours, endless to-do lists, and constant connectivity can leave us feeling overwhelmed and tense.  While there's no way to completely eliminate stress, incorporating stretches into your routine can provide much-needed relief and help restore both your physical and mental balance. Grab your favorite mat and explore 10 calming stretches that can help you relax, unwind, and alleviate stress.


Create a Relaxing Environment

To maximize results, set up a space in your home or office that promotes relaxation. Some elements to consider include: a portable speaker, some plants, an essential oil diffuser.


You may want to use soft floor tiles from We Sell Mats. You can choose your favorite color or a faux wood grain tile. Make sure to use a personal exercise mat, also from We Sell Mats, to enhance your comfort. With 1⅝” of thickness, this mat is sure to provide a soft and supportive surface for stretching. If your space is temporary, you can easily store the foam floor tiles and fold up your personal exercise mat when not in use.


10 Stretches for Relieving Stress

Hold each pose for as long as is comfortable for you. Make sure to breathe slowly in and out while performing these stretches. You can repeat each one as desired or mix and match to create a personalized routine.


*It’s always good to consult your doctor or health care provider before taking on a new exercise routine.


  1. Child's Pose (Balasana)

Start with this gentle yoga pose by kneeling on the floor and sitting back on your heels. Reach your arms forward and rest your forehead on the ground. This stretch releases tension in the back, shoulders, and hips while promoting deep breathing and relaxation.


  1. Cat-Cow Stretch

Transition to your hands and knees, and alternate between arching your back (cat) and dropping your belly towards the floor (cow). This fluid movement not only releases tension in your spine but also encourages mindful breathing.


  1. Forward Fold (Uttanasana)

Stand with your feet hip-width apart and slowly bend forward at the hips, letting your upper body hang. Allow gravity to do the work as this stretch eases tension in the hamstrings, back, and neck.


  1. Seated Spinal Twist

Sit on the floor with your legs extended. Bend one knee and cross it over the other leg, placing your foot flat on the floor. Gently twist toward the bent knee, using the opposite arm to deepen the stretch. This twist helps release tension in the spine and improves flexibility.


  1. Neck Stretches

Gently tilt your head to the side, bringing your ear towards your shoulder. Hold for a few breaths and then switch sides. You can also tilt your head forward and backward to release neck tension accumulated from prolonged sitting or screen time.


  1. Butterfly Stretch (Baddha Konasana)

Sit on the floor, bend your knees, and let them fall open to the sides, creating a diamond shape with your legs. Hold your feet and gently press your knees towards the ground. This stretch targets the hips and groin, areas that often hold stress.


  1. Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose

Lie on your back with your hips close to a wall, and extend your legs up against the wall. This restorative stretch promotes relaxation, improves circulation, and provides a sense of calm.


  1. Standing Forward Fold with Shoulder Opener

Stand with your feet hip-width apart, interlace your fingers behind your back, and gently lift your arms while folding forward. This combines a forward fold with a shoulder stretch, helping to release tension in the shoulders and upper back.


  1. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Lie on your stomach, place your palms beneath your shoulders, and gently lift your chest off the ground while keeping your hips grounded. This stretch opens up the chest and relieves tension in the lower back.


  1. Deep Breathing and Full-Body Stretch

Lie flat on your back, take a deep breath in, and stretch your arms overhead while pointing your toes. Exhale as you release the stretch. Repeat a few times, focusing on the breath and the sensation of releasing tension.


Incorporating these stretches into your daily routine, even for just a few minutes, can make a significant difference in how you manage stress. Not only do these stretches help relieve physical tension, but they also encourage mindful breathing and create moments of tranquility in your busy day. Remember, taking care of your body through gentle movement is an essential step towards maintaining overall well-being in a stress-filled world.

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