Stretches for Stress!

Stretches for Stress!

Feeling stressed? Overworked? Is anxiety creeping in? Deadlines! Bills! Life Stress. Go Stretch!

No seriously, take out 15 minutes of your day, put on some cosy clothes, switch your phone on Do Not Disturb and go and release out that tension. 

Benefits of Regular Stretching 

  • Increases blood flow to your muscles aiding recovery 
  • improves posture
  • great for stress relief
  • increases range of motion
  • helps to heal and prevent back pain and injury
  • increased energy levels from increased circulation

There is a reason yoga people are so ‘zen’ and chill. Stretching has so many benefits and it’s just as important as working out. Get the blood flow in your joints, release any aching muscles and any tension. Prioritise your own well being by giving your body what it needs. Some good love and affection.

A Quick 10 Minute stretch Routine That Will Help Release Any Tension And Stress. Clear Your Mind, Put Your Phone On Silent And Take A Moment For Yourself.

Breakdown Of Each Stretch Position

stretch to release stress
Rotate Ankles To Release Tension, Then Keeping Legs Straight Reach Down And Touch Toes, Hold For 10 Seconds & Breath Into The Stretch. Gradually Pull Yourself Closer To Toes To Increase The Stretch

stretch to release stress
Make sure hands are in line with shoulders, Arch Back To Own Range Of Motion Then Contract Drawing Back Upwards. Build Up Mobility In The Spine And Release Any Tension.

stretch to release stress
Rotate Hands To Face Body And Stretch Out The Forearms. Gently Arch Back And Touch Calves, Tilt Head Back When Comfortable. Push Hips Forward To Feel The Stretch Deeper Into The Hip Flexors.

stretch to release stress
Downward Dog, Drawing Hips Upwards And Gently Pushing Heels Down To The Ground. This Will Stretch Out The Calves And Shoulder Joints. Go Through Feet To Increase Stretch Into Calves. Extend Leg Up And Open Up The Hips, Increase Stretch Gradually Using Breath.

Bring Foot Forward Into A Lunge, Opening Up Hip Flexor. We Hold So Much Tension In Our Hips So It’s Important To Release. Extend Arms And Go Deeper Into The Stretch Using Your Breath Control. Keep Back Knee Straight And Core Engaged.

stretch to release stress
Inner Thigh Stretch, Tuck Pelvis Under To Create A Neutral Spine. Turn Feet Out. Stretch Out Feet & Ankles One By One Then Both Together. Use Core Control To Balance And Gradually Lower To Stretch Deeper Into The Inner Thighs. Release Keeping Legs Straight, Stretch Down Touching The Floor And Easing Into Hamstrings. Spinal Roll Up.

Benefits Of Stretching Before & After Working Out

I sometimes hear that stretching after a workout isn’t needed and its most important before a workout which isn’t true. I strongly advise all my clients to do some stretching for at least 5 mins after a workout. Why?

  • Gradually brings the heart rate down. Reducing the pressure on the heart especially after a cardio or weight training workout. Stretching tells the body its time to go back to its normal state after working out.
  • Increases flexibility. Your muscles are warm and ready to be stretched. What a better time to do it and also cool the body down.
  • Gets rid of any Lactic Acid. This is especially important as it helps reduce muscle fatigue and soreness. Nothing like being too sore the day after a workout.
  • Stretching releases endorphins which are also called the happy hormone πŸ™‚ So end your workout with a good stretching session and you will for sure be in a good mood.

Id love to hear how you found this post and if it helped to release any tension and stress. Id also love to hear about your own routines. Sharing is caring πŸ™‚

Happy 2019

Natalie Rose

Dealing With Anxiety Through Everyday Life

Flexibility Training



  1. Sharia Vanyham
    January 19, 2019 / 7:55 pm

    I love this post and the video is so relaxing. Stress is something that relates to everyone so it’s great to find some way of taking my mind off things. Great post 😘

    • Natalie Rose
      January 19, 2019 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you so much for checking it out. Hopefully it helps

  2. Sagar
    January 19, 2019 / 7:56 pm

    Amazing post! 😬

    • Natalie Rose
      January 19, 2019 / 7:59 pm

      Thank you for checking it out β˜ΊοΈπŸ’–

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