Stretching to relax before bed

Having problems relaxing before bed?

Try some simple stretches. Stretching nightly before bed, even just five minutes worth, can aid in releasing tension and lowering stress levels.  It is important that we allow both our bodies and minds to relax for a good restful night’s sleep.

As you stretch take time to focus and mindful about your breathing.  If at any point you notice yourself struggling with your breathing during a stretch, reduce your intensity of the the stretch. Being as mindful as possible can help our breathing but not only aid in relaxing our minds. No need to worry about equipment or time. Start with five minutes, pick a simple stretch or two and build from there.

Belly Breathing anxiety and stress aid

Dealing with stress and or anxiety? Try this simple belly breathing exercise. I love this one when I am having an anxiety attack as it helps me focus on breathing and calming down.

Keeping your shoulders relaxed, start by inhaling through your nose. Make sure your inhaling as deeply as possible. Relax your jaw and slowly exhale through pursed lips. Repeat 3-10 times or more as needed.

When we practice deep breathing the oxygen supply to our brain is increased, heart rate is lowered and blood pressure is able to regulate. All of this aids in helping us relax and calm down.