Just like a squirrel has a favorite hiding place for its chestnuts, you most likely have a place on your body where you store stress. It may be tension or tightness in your shoulders, neck or throat, upper or lower back, arms, or stomach.
Not only is stress bad for your mood, it can also lead to fatigue. By following the steps below, you will learn how to combat stress and how to increase energy levels at the same time.
Next time you feel the telltale signs of increased pressure in your “storage area,” stop what you are doing and use this exercise to discover where the tension is, then release it from your body.
- Lie on your back with your arms at your side, palms down.
- Raise your right arm and keep it elevated for 15 seconds. Notice if your forearm feels tight and tense, or if the muscles are soft and pliable.
- Let your arm drop back down to your side and relax. Your arm muscles should relax too.
- As you lay still, pay attention to other parts of your body that are tense, tight, or sore. Do any of your muscles have a dull ache?
- Next, inhale deeply. As you breathe in, allow your stomach to relax so that the air flows into your abdomen. Let your stomach balloon out as you breathe in.
- Imagine the breath is filled with love and relaxation. Let this positive energy travel and fill your muscles.
- On your next exhalation, take the tension from your muscles and push them out of your body.
- Continue this pattern of breathing in relaxation and breathing out tension until all of the tension in your muscles has melted away.