Stretching for Stress Relief

March 30, 2010

Stress is an inevitable part of daily life. Whether work has become overwhelming, home life a little too fast paced, or time to relax has moved just too far between, there are ways to help limit these daily doses of frustration.

One of the major influencing factors to stress is a lack of time to do the things that matter to you most. With a little help from Chef By Request, hopefully you can free up a bit of this time for some well deserved relaxation. A little dose of pre-planned and prepared meals with great nutrition can’t hurt either, right?

The mind and body both need to expend stored energy and a great way to help with that process is through exercise and stretching. Have you aver noticed a constant shoulder shrug or tightened neck in a time of intense focus? The neck and shoulders are some of the most common places that people store stress. This tightening can also carry down into the back and legs. Endorphins are the bodies natural combatant to stress can be prompted to help with tension release.

Everything from exercise to spicy foods and sex to dark chocolates have been known to help with the release of endorphins. Another great technique is stretching. Yoga, in particular, is well known for helping to calm the body and mind.
Here are a couple resources but make sure you’re  doing it properly. Without effective breathing and body placement you can risk additional muscle tension or injury. In addition, there are different types of Yoga which vary in intensity. If you are new to Yoga or just haven’t spent much time using stretching as a technique for relaxation, there are quite a few experts available to answer your questions.

Here are a few resources at your fingertips-

-Local gyms and/or personal trainers
-Yoga studios and instructors
-Physical therapists and medical professionals

For some more resources on stress relief check out these sites:

Stress Management


Everyone has their own techniques to aid in stress relief. If you have additional suggestions or recommendations, please feel free to share them with us!



One Response to “Stretching for Stress Relief”

  1. […] time becomes inevitably more valuable, less time is spent preparing quality food. As mentioned in a previous post, Stress relief can be aided through proper nutrition and avoiding some of those quick fixes on the […]

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