Lift Spirits, Soothe Pain

Try these low-impact activities to relieve stress, boost your mood, and improve flexibility to help achieve Whole Health.

 

Deep Breathing

- While standing or in an otherwise relaxed position, place one hand on the abdomen and one on the chest.

- Inhale slowly through the nose.

- Hold for 4 seconds.

- Exhale slowly through the mouth.

- Repeat.

 

Dance

- Stage a dance party.

- Put on your favorite music.

- Dance like no one is watching.

- Invite the other members of your household to join in!

 

Practice Yoga

Yoga may help relieve low-back and neck pain, and may help people with chronic conditions manage symptoms and improve quality of life.

 

Try bridge pose to strengthen your lower back.

- Lie on your back with both knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.

- With arms lying at your sides, tighten stomach muscles, squeeze buttocks, and slowly raise your hips into the air. Hold for 5 second and then slowly bring the buttocks back to the floor.

- Repeat 20 times.

Sources

  • https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/sr/dohs/HealthAndWellness/Ergonomics/Pages/exercises.aspx
  • https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/initiatives/resourcecenter/pdf/Workplace-Physical-Activity-Break-Guide-508.pdf
  • https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/yoga-what-you-need-to-know
  • https://www.ors.od.nih.gov/sr/dohs/HealthAndWellness/Ergonomics/Pages/exercises.aspx