5-Minute Ways to Ease Stress
Life. Is. Hard.
Stress can easily build up from the daily pressures of work, relationships, finances and life changes. And although it can all feel so daunting at times, there are some quick and easy ways to help your mind, body and soul take a breather.
Meditation is much less difficult and intimidating than you may think. Simply put, it’s focusing on your breath. And the beauty of it is you can practice it for a few minutes virtually anywhere at any time, and tailor it to be your own experience.
Ways to mix and match your 5-minute meditation routine:
-Sit in or lay on: a chair, the floor, meditation pillow, yoga mat, bed, couch, beach or grass.
-Listen to: classical music, meditation music, sounds of nature or silence.
-Eyes: open, closed or holding a soft gaze.
-Imagine your happy place: a tropical beach, lush forest or snowy mountain cabin.
Also, if you’re new to meditation, there are free apps or online-videos available to guide you.
Get Out in Nature
Being cooped up inside can make your brain feel foggy, but Mother Nature is very healing. Getting some sunshine on your face can make a world of difference, and if you don’t have sunny weather, just breathing some fresh air or smelling the rain can help calm and re-energize your mind.
Sit outside on a park bench, walk around the block, drive with your windows rolled down and observe the sky, the trees and the birds.
A quick burst of exercise gets the blood circulating through your body, relieves tension and releases those feel-good endorphins.
Take a brisk walk, do some jumping jacks, climb some stairs, or do a few stretches or yoga poses.
It’s easy to feel flustered when your surroundings are messy and disorganized. When the space you’re in is neat, your mind will feel in control and at ease.
5-Minute Practices: Clean up your desk or work-space, make your bed, organize clutter, or recycle the trash in your car.
Talk to Someone
Even if they don’t have solutions to your problems, sometimes being able to vent to someone is all you need to release some stress and negativity. And in turn, you’ll gain positive energy from the person’s support.
5-Minute Practices: If you’re lucky enough to have them close by, meet with a good friend, loved-one or family member. And if not, pick up the phone and chat with them.
Overall, just remember to take a few minutes each day to stop, breathe, and know that you can ease and take control of your stress.