4 Stretches You Can Do At Your Desk That Will Help You Relieve Tension

4 Stretches You Can Do At Your Desk That Will Help You Relieve Tension

Relieve shoulder and neck tension in less than 10 minutes with a few simple stretches and yoga poses.

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We build up muscular and emotional stress and tension in our upper back, shoulders, and neck when we spend most of our day sitting and looking at our computer. Whether you are sitting in class, at work, in the library, or in the car, you might find yourself tight and sore at the end of the day.

Even taking 10 seconds to do some gentle shoulder rolls can help combat the effects of prolonged sitting! Taking breaks to move your body also helps clear your mind and reduces stress throughout your day. Set yourself a reminder on your phone to try one or all of these poses once for every hour that you spend sitting.

1. 1/4 Sun Salutation (Sanskrit: Surya Namaskar)

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Doing the first quarter of a Sun Salutation is a great way to warm up your upper body and connect to your breath. Inhale your arms out to your side like a T with your palms facing up, then reach them all the way up overhead. Exhale, bring your arms back down to your sides. Repeat this 4 times.

2. Seated cat/cow (Sanskrit: Marjaryasana/Bidalasana)

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Take a few breaths sitting upright, and root your sit bones down into your chair. On an inhale, look up and slightly arch your back. Broaden across your chest and press your shoulder blades into your back. Exhale, look down and begin to round your back by drawing your navel to your spine. Repeat this 4 times.

3. Crescent stretch (Sanskrit: Indudalasana)

Bring your arms out in front of you, interlace your fingers, and press your palms away from you. Inhale, reach your arms up overhead and exhale, gently draw your hands over to the left creating a "crescent" shape with your torso. Inhale, come back to center, and exhale, stretch over to the right side. This stretch opens up the side body and gives you a chance to lengthen your torso.

4. Variation on Eagle arms (Sanskrit: Garudasana)

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Inhale your arms out to the side, then exhale cross the right over the left and give yourself a hug. Wrap your palms around your shoulders and allow your back to broaden. Take a few breaths in this pose before switching sides and crossing the left arm on top. If you want a deeper stretch here, you can take the full version of Eagle arms by crossing at the elbows, then bending your arms to bring your forearms closer to you.

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I have never enjoyed Valentine's Day.

Even if when I was in a relationship it was just an awkward day of "hey I love you, give me gifts and lets make out." But this year, I am just not feeling this thing at all. Since the relationship ended last June I have just been dreading the time when February came, because you know that on the 14th you are going to see all these love post and all us singles are like "welp this is just not my day.", and honestly you feel defeated. I personally asked other singles friends (like the three I have) if they wanted to come and watch Netflix with me and dread the day, but sadly they either had school or work. So here is my plan of getting though this day of love:

NETFLIX

Yes Netflix how else am I supposed to get through this day? Usually I have Greys Anatomy playing all the time but that has love in it, and I am not in the mood for that. My plan is to watch all the crime shows I can because watching TV crime series or documentary about serial killers just seems perfect for the 14th.

SLEEP

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Yes sleeping. I don't have anywhere I need to be why not catch up on some zzz's

CHOCOLATE

Yes I am going to eat my feelings with chocolate because why not? if I could I would get a giant slice of cake and live off that on the 14th but sadly I am stuck with the normal Heresy's chocolate and Reeses which will do their job.

CATS

me :)

This is my wonderful cat Kimber and she will be my partner in crime on the 14th. She will sleep, snuggle, cuddle, all day with me because I need that moral support of my fluffy cat.

BOOKS

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If I am able to fit reading a book into my schedule of everything listed above then reading will go into that open spot. I always loved reading but with school it is hard to find the time to read for enjoyment. so this day will be the perfect day.


This is my plan for the 14th of February and hopefully this will help me get though this dreadful day. And if you are also single try this out :)

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