How to feel good in ten minutes

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Nothing like a little D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) to make yourself feel good, if not better. All it takes is ten minutes. Go on. Try some of these. Exercise is a big stress-reliever!

  • Stand with feet apart, toes forward. Shift your weight from side to side gently.
  • Go barefoot and roll one foot at a time over a tennis ball or a firm can.
  • Stand up straight, tuck your coccyx (tailbone) in and reach your arms up over your head as high as you can.
  • Stand or sit up tall, clasp your hands behind your back, and raise your arms slightly away from your body to loosen tension in your shoulders and back.
  • Calf stretch: place the ball of one foot on a step and let the heel drop; repeat for the other foot.
  • Stand in a doorway, lift your arms and press your palms as hard as you can against the doorframe. Hold for 3 seconds, repeat 5 times.

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  • Stretch your hips. Sitting in a chair, put your right ankle on your left knee and fold at the waist. Hold for 5 breaths, switch legs and repeat.
  • Stand up, bend forward, and let your arms hang loose.
  • Stand up and touch your toes.
  • Stand with arms by your side. Inhale, while standing on your toes, and raising your arms overhead. Exhale and release.
  • Make the letter “O” by bringing together your thumb and index finger. Straighten your fingers, and then repeat with your other fingers on each hand.
  • Take off your shoes and make 10 circles with each foot to stretch your ankles.
  • Sit down, extend your legs and point your toes. Repeat 10 times. Point your toes and flex for extra resistance.
  • When sitting at your computer, keep your forearms level with your keyboard and rotate your wrists 10 times.
  • Take a deep breath. Shrug your shoulders in a circle five times – a good way to get rid of tension and improve posture.

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And now, give yourself a big hug. Stretch your back, arms and shoulders. Love yourself!

And stay healthy!

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After more than a decade in the corporate corporate work, I retired from my corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities, and a passion for writing inspired me to start working from home and I am now living my dream as a writer and editor. I write content for clients, blog for businesses and edit manuscripts for publishers/authors. With six blogs of my own and published contributions across the web (The Huffington Post, PTPA, World of Moms, SheKnows), I write to collect smiles and donate to charities. I share stories about all the things I enjoy in life; parenting, mindful living, conversations, coffee, books, food, music, health, DIY, travel, photography and showing my diabetes who’s boss.


  1. Tammy

    November 9, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Honestly, I would do so much better if I just remembered the last one every once in a while — breath! It’s amazing how much better it makes you feel. Good list.

  2. Cher @ Designs by Studio C

    November 9, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this list! As I get older, I tend to get more stiff and I think these tips will help motivate me to do something more!

  3. Poppy

    November 9, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Stretching is so important and honestly something I neglect. You are so right it only takes 10 minutes to feel better.

  4. Elle

    November 10, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Really needed that neck roll Vidya. Thanks for the reminder. Great list.

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