Feeling tense and depleted at the end of a day doesn’t have to be the norm. Try stretching (in a subtle or deliberate way) every hour, on the hour – it’s a great way to release stress and ground yourself. Stretching relaxes your muscles and increases blood flow throughout your body.
So what, now what? Stretch while you are lying in bed, in the shower and even in the car – simple neck turns and arm stretches will do the trick. If you’re out and about and you need to reach for something on a top shelf, take a breath and move slowly and hold the stretch for about 20 seconds. Try some of these seated stretches from the Mayo Clinic.