Holiday Stress? Treat Yourself! #lml

treat yourself to a coffee

A lot of us tend to over-extend ourselves during this time of year. We feel obligated to attend every holiday shindig, to trim a perfect tree, hang those lights and decorations just right around the house – it’s exhausting! Now that we’re so close to the big day, I think it’s time for all of us to take a couple of hours away from all of that holiday stress and do something for ourselves.

Yoga for Crafters: Leg Stretches

tree stand

Whether you’ve just spent hours standing at the ironing board or cross-legged on your sofa, your legs could use a good stretch! Here are some poses that work on the legs, knees, and feet. As with any new exercise, please be cautious and consult your doctor before trying anything too terribly strenuous.

Yoga for Crafters: Relieving Arm and Wrist Pain

warrior pose for arm and wrist pain

No matter what your craft, it most likely involves some sort of repetitive motion from your hands, which stresses your arms and wrists. By stretching and strengthening these areas, you can relieve soreness and maybe even build your crafty endurance! As with any new exercise, be cautious and consult your doctor before trying anything too terribly strenuous. If you suffer from carpal tunnel, please run these poses by a doctor before you dive in, as some of them do put pressure on your wrists.

Yoga for Crafters: Stretch Your Back

yoga back stretch

When you spend extended amounts of time bent over your tools, your back takes a beating. Never fear! There are some great, easy poses to help your body recover! As with any new exercise, please be cautious and consult your doctor before trying anything too terribly strenuous.

Yoga for Crafters: Relieving Neck Pain

yoga for crafters: sewing

Whether you’re sewing, making jewelry, knitting, or crocheting your neck works hard while you create. You can release some of that tension by simply rolling your head from side to side. Even better: let your head hang to the left while you take ten slow breaths, then repeat on the right side. If you’re looking to go a bit further, grab your yoga mat or a big towel and give these poses a shot! As with any new exercise, please be cautious and consult your doctor before trying anything too terribly strenuous.