Check out this video by Mad Fit on Full Body Yoga for stress and anxiety relief.
Walking may be one of the most overlooked stress relief exercises. It remarkably boosts endorphins which allows you to clear your head and puts you in a meditative state. Walking gives you more energy and reduces fatigue. You may consider taking a walk in a park or some place where there’s a lot of greenery since spending time outdoors in nature has been linked to stress reduction and improved attention and memory.
5. Full Body Routine
This Full Body Workout takes 15 minutes and you’re bound to feel much more calm while having your body toned at the same time. You’ll need a watch with a second hand and a mat or carpeted surface for these workouts. Do each exercise series for five to six minutes and repeat once. For the final three to five minutes, just sit in a cross-legged position with your eyes closed, breathing deeply.
1. Reverse plank to lower-back stretch:
Start by sitting with your hands on the floor next to your hips, fingers forward and palms flat, with your legs extended and chest arched toward the ceiling. Press into your feet and lift your hips as high as you can, holding for 30 seconds. Then, lie back and hug your knees into your chest and rock gently through the hips for 30 seconds.
2. Elbow plank to prone press-up:
You’ll start in plank position with your palms and forearms on the floor and your elbows under your shoulders. Keep your arms parallel and your legs extended behind you, forming a straight line from head to heels. Hold for 30 seconds and then lower your body to the floor, lifting your abs and chest while arching your upper back. Hold for 30 seconds.
3. Plié to full-seated bend:
Stand in a plié position, with your feet shoulder-width apart and turned out. Then, lift your arms overhead in a wide V position and bend your knees 90 degrees. Pulse up and down 2 inches for 30 seconds. Sit with your legs extended, hinge forward from your hips and grasp your feet, then hold for 30 seconds and breath deeply.
4. Front lunge to forward elbow fold:
Stand with feet hip-width apart and lunge forward with your left leg. Raise your hands overhead, palms facing each other, and return to start with your feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent. Hinge forward, grasping opposite elbows and stay there for 20 to 30 seconds.
5. Side elbow plank to overhead reach:
Lie on your left side with hips stacked and elbows on the floor under your shoulder. Extend your right arm toward the ceiling and stagger your right foot in front of the left. Lift your hips, balancing on your lower arm and the edges of your feet, holding for 20 seconds. Lower your hips to the floor and arc your right arm overhead, reaching for 20 seconds. Switch sides.
Related: There’s more to stress than the fact that it’s overwhelming. Our mind and body are affected in ways you may not be aware of. Here’s Stress – How it Affects The Mind and Body.