10 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less

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Is the day wearing you down? Getting stressed out and anxious happens to all of us. Here are a few ways you can start to relax and calm yourself down in 5 minutes or less. 

  1. Drink Tea
    Drinking a nice warm cup of tea can help you relax and feel more calm. It’s not just the warmth and comforting taste of your favorite chamomile blend that relaxes you but also the chemical L-theanine. This natural chemical is found in many teas and is used to relieve stress and induce a relaxing effect without drowsiness.
  2. Progressive relaxation
    Progressive relaxation is a stress relieving technique that involves tensing one muscle group in the body then relaxing that same group while you imagine the stress draining from your muscles. No time to tense each muscle group? Try doing it with just your toes at your desk.
  3. Day dream
    Day dreaming can have a calming effect on your body when you allow your mind to wander to happy places. It can be much like meditation if you allow yourself to imagine somewhere calming and relaxing. Just don’t get caught staring off for too long.
  4. Create a personal zen space
    Find that secret spot under the stairs or a bench in a nearby park that you really love. Carving out a space in your home, office or world that you know to be a “stress-free zone” gives you somewhere to go when you’re feeling way to stressed to handle the day. Spending a few quiet moments in your zen-zone can really help you calm down and better handle your stress.
  5. Get organized
    Organizing helps relieve stress. You don’t need to re-arrange your entire house to feel better. Try reorganizing a desk or bookshelf. Putting things in their proper place feels good and can help you relax.
  6. Exercise
    Virtually any type of exercise can act as a stress reliever; even just a little exercise can go along way when it comes to stress. Exercise pumps up your endorphines (feel-good neurotransmitters in your brain) and improves your self confidence which has shown to increase your mood! Try doing a few jumping jacks or do a few yoga poses. It doesn’t seem like much but getting active really can help your mood right now!
  7. Write it out
    Journaling or writing about your emotions (or really anything) can help improve your mood and lets you vent out some frustration. Journaling also helps you get at the route of the problem by making you think and explore deeper into the issue.
  8. Smell citrus stuff
    While lavender has always been the reigning champ of relaxing smells, new studies suggest that citrus and orange scents actually help lower anxiety levels! 
    “From what we’ve seen with our patients, even a quick smell can make a major difference.” – Barbara Thomley, Mayo Clinic
  9. Get a furry friend
    A k9 or feline companion can be very therapeutic when it comes to stress. They’re there to listen, entertain or just cuddle with when you’re feeling overly stressed.
  10. Plan a vacation
    Decide today that you’re going to take some time for yourself and start planning your future vacation. Make an itinerary and add activities you’d like to do to it each time you’re feeling stressed. It’s exciting and doing it a little at a time can help you relieve stress by planning fun activities for yourself.
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