This first activity isn’t so much of a stretch as it is a preparation and mental exercise.
- Begin by lifting your shoulders up high, imagining them coming up toward your ears.
- Next, release the shoulders downward, allowing gravity to do its thing.
- Don’t push the shoulders down, just release.
- Feel your spine long and free as you do this.
- Repeat 3 times.
Stop to Smell the Roses
People who look at flowers first thing in the morning report being more cheerful and energetic, according to a Harvard University study. In fact, simply admiring the blooms made participants feel less anxious and more compassionate throughout the day. Place a fresh bouquet on your nightstand or kitchen table.