Tuesday 21st of February 2017
SeniorSite's Top Stress Busters
Use a stress
ball as needed to squeeze your way to relaxation. These soft, flexible
rubber balls come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes and can be
purchased very inexpensively at most drug and department stores.
Take a walk. Do yourself a favor and go for a short walk at a
comfortable pace during lunch or a break. (Just try not to think
about work while you're walking!)
The executive stretch. Clasp your hands behind your head and
gently stretch your elbows back while taking a deep breath.
Shoulder shrugs. Gently pull your shoulders up toward your
ears and then relax your shoulders downward.
If you still work read ahead -
"Stress Tips At The Work Place"
And for you really stressed-out workers...
Look away from your computer screen (after you've read all of
these stress-buster tips, of course!). At least once every half hour
look up at a distant object and stare at it until it comes into
Laugh more often. Try to look at the lighter side of everyday
stressful events. Think about a humorous situation, joke, TV show,
etc.; or discuss them with a co-worker. Warning: laughing out loud
when you're alone may make you look silly if observed by others.
Deep muscle relaxation. Sit (or lie down) and close your
eyes, then tense and relax your various muscle groups. Start with
your facial muscles by pursing your lips, squeezing your forehead,
etc.; hold for 5 seconds then relax. Move on to the neck and
shoulders, arms, back, abdominal's, hips, legs, feet - or only work
those muscles that are stressed. Perform once a day or as needed.
It's very refreshing!
Breathing deeply. Exhale slowly through your mouth until your
lungs feel completely empty. Inhale through your nose until you
begin to feel your abdomen rise. Hold for 5 seconds, then exhale and
begin the cycle again. Repeat 4-5 times.
Hand and finger Massage. Gently rub your hands and fingers to
increase warmth and reduce cramping and stiffness.
Day dream. Put up pictures or postcards of pleasant vacation
spots around your work area to help daydream during breaks. For
example, day dreaming to a beautiful, tropical beach scene on a
cold, snowy day can help relieve those winter blahs!