When you’re experiencing stress, it’s quite likely that your shoulder and neck area will become stiffer and more rigid. Almost everyone collects stress in these areas. For some, it might result in a pain or spasm that you become aware of as it nags at you. For others, you’re so used to the tension that you may not even realize its presence until after it’s released.
As I’ve discussed in previous posts, receiving a massage from a professional is remarkably healing and highly recommended. But, until you can book that appointment, there is a quick, easy way to begin to improve the situation and to make it less likely to be a problem in the future.
Of course, before you begin this, take into consideration your own health situation. If you think it’s better not to do it at all or to do a smaller version, go with your instinct.
If you decide it’s okay to go ahead, try shrugging your shoulders around in a circle. Shrug around to the back a few times and then to the front a few times. I try to do the same number in each direction, but it’s not absolutely essential. If you prefer to go in only one direction, that will still be helpful.
When you first begin, you may find you’re only able to do a few, but keep at it, and you should be able to do more over time. Your flexibility and range of motion will probably improve as well. Try to make the circles as big as you’re comfortable making them.
When you’re done, take a break and acknowledge the relief to yourself. Notice it. Enjoy it. Give yourself a moment to receive that healing.