With the busyness that today’s world brings with smartphones continuously pinging and technological noise coming at us from every direction, it can all get a little overwhelming. And that’s with just having to deal with your social media accounts, what more work? These days, people need ways to relax, albeit quickly. And while not everyone can afford to take a vacation, there are a few ways to get through the day without wanting to pull your hair out or scream at your next-door cubicle neighbor.
Take a look at these 5-minute relaxation techniques that can help you make it happily through the day and actually find a short moment of relaxation and peace.
It may sound simple, but the art of breathing in and out slowly not only helps lower blood pressure, it truly helps clear the mind. This would explain why ‘taking a breather’ is so common, because sometimes removing yourself from a rather stressful environment and literally breathing in and out can make a world of difference.
TAKE A WALK
No matter what kind of situation you’re in, or whether you just need some fresh air, taking a much-needed walk outside can work wonders. By stepping out of certain annoying situations, a 5 minute walk to just leave your troubles behind for a minute, or five, will allow you to get back in the saddle on a higher note.
TURN UP THE VOLUME
Listening to your favorite music can really help take the edge off for a few minutes. Whether you prefer rock, pop, jazz or classical, hearing a few chords of what you consider soothing can help you take your mind of the negative and come back more positive than before.
HAND PRESSURE POINTS
5 minutes are surely not enough to get that full body massage you’ve been dreaming about for so long. But figuring out where your hand pressure points are can do the trick in the meantime. These so-called points are connected to key areas in the body, so depending on what needs more focus, or more relaxation, then that’s where you should apply the pressure. May sound simple, but it works.
DRINK A CUP OF TEA
It’s been said that tea soothes the soul, and we can’t help but agree. There’s nothing like a warm cup of something soothing and tasty that feels like it flows into all the parts of the body as it slips down the throat. Another upside, there are hundreds of flavors to choose from, custom make your own relaxation medley for that perfect cup.
TAKE A SHOWER
Just like a cup of tea, showers have an incredible way of easing your body, soul and mind, especially when it’s a warm one. And the beauty in it is that 5 minutes may be the only time you need to clear your mind, soothe the body and rest your soul.
SNIFF SOME HAPPINESS
There’s a reason why aromatherapy has become all the rage. Smelling some fresh citrus smells or comforting woodsy scents can trigger much needed calming emotions in the brain. Plus having such a large array of scents to choose from means that you can sniff something new everyday.
CALL A FRIEND
Have you ever noticed what a mood lifter it is after you’ve had a chat with your best friend? That’s probably because you can be yourself, talk your mind, not hold back yet not get judged for anything that comes out of your mouth. True friends will always understand that you just may say something you don’t mean and need to take back, it happens to the best of us.
CUDDLE A PET
There’s a reason why dogs are called ‘man’s best friend.’ There’s nothing like taking your cuddly and furry little friend into your arms, feeling warmth and complete acceptance in the paws of something so cute. This is why people with depression are encouraged to get a pet, they help alleviate feelings of loneliness, sadness and anxiety.
EAT SOME CHOCOLATE
Chocolate, dark chocolate to be exact, releases the same endorphins in your brain that make you happy. In fact, it’s even said that chocolate can help your brain work better. So the next time that you need a little bit of joy, or a new idea, make sure you have a chunk of dark chocolate to nibble on.
The beauty in meditation is that you don’t need anything but yourself, some quiet and the ability to focus. The next time things are getting to you, find a space on the floor, sit down in a comfortable position and try to empty the mind. It’s amazing what kind of clarity can come from 5 minutes of basic stillness and ‘non-thinking.’
TAKE IT OUT ON A STRESS BALL
Stress balls come in all different shapes and sizes, scents and smells, and even textures. When you feel that tension building up in your shoulders and need to do something to release it, take it out on a stress ball. It’s amazing just how much feeling can go into squeezing a little ball of polyurethane foam rubber, and what’s even more amazing is just how much that little ball can take.