Only for the brave or if you have your own private office!
You don’t have to go to such lengths to release stress during your working day. Just a few minutes stretching and some mindful breathing throughout your day will really help to break the pattern of stress and anxiety that can spiral out of control if we’re not careful. As we get busier towards Christmas, and the pace of life goes ever faster, we may think we have no time to relax, stretch and look after ourselves. But you don’t need long.
5 minute stress relief recipe
- 5 minutes of time
- Any quiet space, (loos are good :-)) **
- Shake your hands, arms, feet and legs. Really loosen the muscles and flick away stress and tension.
- Shrug your shoulders, holding them by your ears for a few seconds. Breathe out and release, letting go of tightness from the shoulders.
- Circle your hips, drawing a wide circle to release tension from the lower back.
- Breath of Arjuna – a dynamic, heart-opening, stress-relieving breath that we practice in Dru yoga.
- Belly breath in Mountain pose. Complete by grounding yourself in mountain pose and allow the breath to fill your abdomen, visualising any remaining tension being absorbed by the earth beneath you as you exhale.
A ‘you’ that is relaxed, refreshed and able to cope with whatever comes next in your life.
** If you don’t have a private space, either go out for a 5 minute walk, or focus on your breath for 5 minutes. You can practice mindful breathing anywhere – you don’t even have to close your eyes, just draw your attention inwards and count your breath in and out, consciously letting go of tension with each out breath.
Dru yoga breath of Arjuna
- Stand in mountain pose, with the knees relaxed
- Bring right hand in front of left at hip level
- Inhaling, draw both hands up the front of the body, as if pulling off a jumper
- Open the arms when the hands are above your head and exhale as you slowly lower them down by your sides, creating a big circle. Keep the elbows soft, and keep your hands in your peripheral vision. Bend the knees slightly as you lower the arms, but keep the body upright.
- Repeat, bringing left hand in front of right.
- Gradually allow the movement and the breath to slow down as you repeat a few times.
As you lower the arms, imagine letting go of any stress and anxieties.