Stress Management and Relaxation Tips – Seated Forward Bend and Raw Food
If you are feeling a little stressed out and tired or if you are suffering from tight shoulders and hamstrings (from sitting in front of the desk most of the day), there is a simple stretching "exercise" that you can do to help you relax and restore your energy. And you do this sitting down, how cool is that?
It's the seated forward bend. It it said to stretch the spine, shoulders and hamstrings as well as sooth headache and reduces anxiety and fatigue. As you stretch, breathe and bend forward, it calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression.
It is a restorative exercise that anyone can do when they feel tensed or tired. Relax with a simple forward bend, breath and rejuvenate.
Some say that forward bend stimulates and massages the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus and therefore helps digestion and relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort. The key here is not to aim for a perfect pose, nor to force your body beyond where it can go now.
Go gentle, take deep breaths, lift and stretch, lengthen and bend. Lucas' demonstration will walk you through this restorative pose (plus some bonus tips on getting real nutrients to feed and rejuvenate your body). Doesn't the fresh colors of raw food look inviting?
As a learner I find the following to be good reminders for me:
1. Do not push, but work with your body and it will lengthen slowly but surely.
2. You will reap the benefits even if you cannot bend forward too much. Breathe, lift, stretch, lengthen and bend.
3. Enjoy, this is your DIY relaxation time. We can wipe away those frowns for a while.
So this is your stress management and relaxation tip for the day. Remember to take time-out between chunks of focus work and you will have clearer mind and increase productivity.
Additional tips on restoring energy can be found here. Here's wishing you vitality and clarity so you get more done with your focused intentions.