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Stretches to Release Holiday Stress

life insurance massThe holidays and cold weather can make quite the combination on your body. When you aren’t shoving your way past crowds at the mall or cooking up that pie everyone demands each year, you’re sitting, stressing about what to do next. The stress of the holidays and the chilly temperatures can combine to really do a number on your body. Sure, working out can help release some of that tension, but who has time for the gym? Put a message gift card on your holiday list of must-haves and cross your fingers someone takes the hint, but before then try these stretches from Zenfully Delicious that may help. If there is awkward tension at this year’s Thanksgiving table at least it won’t be in your neck or back, right?

  • Deep breathes. When you get overwhelmed at work or home, take a couple of minutes, clothes your eyes, and focus on your breathing. Inhaling and exhaling ten times repeatedly can be more relaxing than a quick snooze.
  • Arm stretches while sitting at your desk: sit straight up, feet shoulder width apart and interlock your fingers, arms stretched out in front of you. Now rotate so your palms are facing out. Hold each of these for ten seconds and then repeat.
  • Neck and shoulder stretches: Sitting in the same position in your chair, place your hands behind your head (fingers interlocked) and tilt your head toward the floor. While doing this press your shoulder blades together.
  • Lower back stretches: Sitting up straight with feet shoulder-width apart, lean forward and grab your ankles.
  • Leg stretches: starting with both feet flat on the floor, sitting up straight, raise one leg and straighten it out in front of you. Hold this then rotate your ankle to the right and left. Repeat with your other leg.

Another great thing you can do for yourself and it will end up relieving some stress you didn’t even know you had, is get a great MA life insurance policy. I’m not going to try to convince you that life insurance should also be on your holiday wish list and I understand it may not crack your to do list around the busy holiday season. It is something you should think about soon for your family. I always let people know that it may not be a conversation you want to have or a scenario you want to think about, but once you do and you know you are covered you will feel at ease.

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