Tired, tense hands? Some simple stretches can take care of overuse, whether from typing or hobbies like crochet or drawing, and leave your hands feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Exercises to do while seated or standing:
- Hand clench: Just what it sounds like, the hand clench consists of clenching your hand into a fist and holding it for the count of 2 before opening your hand until your fingers are straight and relaxed, but not fully stretched. Repeat this exercise 5 times on each hand.
- Finger curl: Curl your fingers onto your palm and hold for the count of 2 before opening your hand as wide as possible to stretch your fingers and holding your hand in this position for the count of 2. Repeat this exercise 5 times on each hand.
- Finger and thumb touch: For this exercise you can support your arm on the table if you want. Turn your hand so that your palm is facing you. Touch your thumb to each of your fingers, starting with your index finger, tapping your fingertips as you go. Once you reach your pinkie, work your way back to your index finger. This counts as one repetition. Repeat 5 times on both hands.
You can also use a stress ball or foam ball (or even aromatherapy clay/”playdough”) to exercise your hands and relieve the tension that has built up in them. Try using lavender or chamomile-scented clay for an extra relaxation boost.