Stretching Exercises to Try For Natural Stress Relief

No matter how busy you think you are, you can find time to do a few easy exercises for natural stress relief.  The day has 24 hours and everyone can find five minutes in a day for these exercises, no matter how busy you might claim to be.

Try Stretching

Stretching is easy, can be done anywhere, and is really effective for natural stress relief.   You can stretch just about anywhere. You can even stretch for five minutes while sitting at your desk in the office.  You can also do a little stretching while watching TV at home.

Focus on the neck and upper shoulders

Stress often leads to tight muscles in the neck and shoulder, so for best results try focusing on the neck and should areas. Be gentle and slow in your motions and allow yourself to relax and breathe deeply while doing the stretches.

Make it fun

To make these easy exercises fun, you can do a “stretching challenge” at home or at the office. Just get a few workmates, friends or family members to join in to see who can hold the poses longest. Stretching is an easy exercise that can add to a healthier body and help to relieve some of the stress at home and at work.

Need Some Practical Stretching Resources?

Click on the images below to check out some good stretching resources.



About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.


  1. I definitely need to stretch more often–I would like to be more flexible and also reap the stress-relief benefits. Thank you for the reminder and resoures!

  2. Darlene says:

    Hi Robin,

    Thanks for visiting our blog and for sharing your comment. I REALLY need to stretch more often too. I usually stretch after I go for a walk in the mornings, but to really reap the benefits of stretching it should be done more regularly and for longer periods.

    My neck and shoulders tense up quickly due to stress, so I also need to focus on neck stretches and shoulder stretching exercises, but I prefer massage therapy. :-)

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