This exercise will increase the flow of blood and lymph in the body, improve breathing, increase energy levels and make your body more flexible.
Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and the knees slightly bent. Imagine a line connecting your right shoulder to your left hip. Relax the right shoulder so that it sinks towards the left hip along that diagonal line.
As the shoulder sinks in this way, breathe out. Then stretch the shoulder back up to its original position and a little beyond as you breathe in. Do the same with the left shoulder and the right hip. Four repetitions each would be fine.
Next, sink your lower ribs into your lower back as if the front of the lower ribs were sitting on the lower back, and breathe out. Then raise your lower ribs forward and up as you breathe in. Again, use four repetitions.
Sink the sternum into the mid back as if it was sitting in an old chair and breathe out. Lift the sternum forward and up as you breathe in. Four repetitions.
Lift the left side of the ribs to the left and then up as your body bends slightly to the right and you breathe in. Then let the ribs settle back to the center as you breathe out. Do the same for the right side. Four repetitions per side.
Stretch your neck forward (breathe in) and then relax (breathe out). Stretch your neck to the rear and then relax. Stretch your neck to the left and then relax. Stretch your neck to the right and then relax (with the same breathing each time). Do forward, back, left and right and repeat the sequence four times.
This is a basic Zookinesis series. Zookinesis (animal exercises) is a system of chi-gung.
This sequence can be done once per day or as needed. In just a few days you should feel a whole lot more relaxed and have steadier energy throughout the day. Feel free to comment on your results in the comments section.