By Mehmet C. Oz and Michael F. Roizen, MD for Prevention.com
Stress isn’t just in your head. It manifests itself in your body in the form of knotted muscles, painful digestion, troubled sleep, and worse. To deal with such chronic discomfort, you need to have a biological bag of stress-busting tricks. Read on for fast ways to relax any part of your body—as soon as tension strikes.
FLEX YOUR FACE. Scrunch tightly (grimace like someone is about to drop something on your toes) for 15 seconds, then release. Repeat several times. This repetitive contraction and relaxation helps relieve any strain that you’re holding above the neck.
MELT AWAY MUSCLE TIGHTNESS. The yoga move called Thread the Needle opens your upper back and shoulders. Start out on your hands and knees, palms under your shoulders. Exhaling, slide your right arm along the floor under your left arm, palm down, lowering your right shoulder to the floor. Rest your right ear and cheek on the floor. To deepen the stretch, try bending your left elbow as low as you comfortably can. Hold for 30 seconds, then come back to the starting position on your hands and knees; switch sides.
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