Time for a stretch break! Time for a timeout from your day. Time to re-center and take in some really deep oxygen-rich breaths.
Time to loosen things up and soften any tension that has accumulated in your neck, shoulders, hips and low back throughout the day.
You don’t even have to get off of your chair for these simple stretches.
The best place to begin is always by just taking a few deep breaths. No matter how busy your day is, you always have time for this.
Your will begin to feel less stressed and fatigued and will instead begin to feel more invigorated and grounded just by taking a few really full, really deep, cleansing breaths.
Begin by exhaling to empty all of the breath out. Through your nose, draw in a very full, round breath, feeling the heart lift and the lungs expand in all directions. When you get to the top of the inhalation, open up your mouth and exhale to empty completely. I mean really empty all the way. Repeat this for three breaths or so.
Then, softly seal your lips and breathe through your nose, inhaling to a slow count of five and exhaling to a slow count of five. Let the breath move into the side body and the back body, as well. Repeat and repeat and repeat…
On a big inhale bring your shoulders way up by your ears, and as you exhale let them roll wide down the back. Repeat 3 to 5 times, each time creating a bit more space between the neck and the shoulders and the shoulders themselves.