03/31/2014 08:24 am ET Updated May 31, 2014

5 Stress-Busting Shoulder Stretches

If you've been stuck behind a desk all day, odds are good that your shoulders feel tight. Sitting in a static position for hours at a time often creates extra tension in your chest and back muscles, which can in turn lead to slouched posture and aching shoulders. Left unchecked, this tension can make it difficult to focus, ramp up your stress levels, and even lead to a splitting headache.

When your shoulders are tied up in knots, stretching can really help. The next time you feel tension beginning to build, try these five gravity-assisted stretches to relieve the discomfort. For best effect practice twice per day.

5 Stress-Busting Stretches for Your Shoulders