Wednesday, September 10, 2014

De-Stress In A Minute

"For fast acting relief, try slowing down."

-Lily Tomlin

It seems that no one has time anymore and we are all busier than ever.  It is important to take a moment for yourself each day.  Here are a few ways to de-stress in a small moment's time and slow down so you can calm down.

1. Take a deep breath.
Count to 6 on your inhale.  Count to 12 on your exhale.  Place your hands on top of your head and take another deep breath.

2. Shout out loud for a second. 
Make sure you are someplace that you will be able to do so.  Maybe head to an empty parking lot and sit in your car to just let it all out.

3.  Close your eyes and imagine a relaxing place. 
Take a mental vacation from where you are.  Close your eyes and imagine the most serene place and picture yourself there in this very moment.  With your eyes still closed, pretend to look around and take in all the peacefulness around you.  Pay attention to the details.  What do you see?

4. Play your favorite song.
Do you remember how you felt when you were younger and you heard your favorite song on the radio?  Music can instantly change your mood and get you to feel happy, relaxed, or excited.  So put on some upbeat music and get up and dance!

5. Clean up a cluttered area.
This could be the top of your desk, or your bedroom.  Whatever it is, you will feel better once it is done. Set a timer and take just 5, 10, or 15 minutes to just work on this one task.  You will be surprised how much you can get done when you are focused on one thing and not multitasking.

Do you have anything to add to this list?  Let me know what you do to relax when you only have a few minutes.