7 Ways to Reduce Stress in Only 5 Minutes

Stress is inevitable in everyday life, and it’s one of the main causes of various health issues. But did you know that you can easily feel less stressed out in only five minutes? Sounds impossible? Well, thanks to several meditation techniques, a few ordinary activities, and some relaxation routines, you will feel relaxed and ready to face new challenges quickly.

Meditate

 

Sitting alone in a dimly lit room can be highly therapeutic. If you focus all your attention on your breathing, feel your heart beat, and let your mind settle, you’ll quickly feel much calmer in this relaxing meditative state. Let all the negative thoughts go away, breathe in and out to release all the stress and you’ll feel a lot better in only a few minutes.

Play with your pet

 

Petting your dog or a cat isn’t just an enjoyable thing for your furry friend, but it can also have relaxing effects on you. If you start petting your pet on purpose, rather than just do it mechanically, you’ll have a better chance of releasing feel-good hormones in the animal and in yourself. So, if you’ve had a difficult day at work, or you just feel incredibly stressed out, playtime with your furry little friend will take all the worries away.

Take a walk

 

Early morning walks in the fresh air will be a good way to feel relaxed instead of stressed out. However, it’s imperative that you stay mindful while you’re walking. Don’t let your mind run on autopilot, but live in the moment, feel the nature, soak in the sights and all the beauty that surrounds you, to truly feel relaxed and recharged. Lose yourself in the moment, listen to the sounds, breathe in the smells and let your spirit connect to nature.

Enjoy a hot bath

 

What better way to forget about the strenuous day at the office than to relax in a hot bath? If you were lucky enough to get yourself one of those sleek stylish baths, your spa experience will be amazing. Just fill your bathtub with hot water, add some essential oils, light up an aromatherapy candle, play some soothing spa music, or read your favourite book, and you’ll relieve all the stress in less than five minutes.

Listen to music

 

Music is one of the best medicines for stress. While it’s perfect for putting you in a dancing mood, it’s also great for shifting your energy from negative to positive in only a few minutes. Whenever you feel down, turn the volume up and start enjoying your favourite tunes. In just a few minutes, your mood can switch from bad to great, and you’ll forget about all the problems that were bugging you, at least for some time.

Swim

 

Swimming is a perfectly relaxing activity. This is especially true if you swim in natural lakes or rivers surrounded by a calming natural setting. However, even if you can resort only to a swimming pool in a nearby spa centre, that can have calming effects on your body and mind as well. Float in the water, play around, and listen to the water as you swim, to experience all the benefits that water offers.

Watch the sunrise

 

If your city has a nice viewpoint for you to watch the sunset, you’re in luck, because watching the sun rising in the morning can be highly therapeutic for you. If you’re barefoot as well, the morning sun will energize you and fuel you with a lot of positive energy, enough to keep you stress-free for the entire day.

No matter how much we try not to stress out, somehow we always find ourselves tense, and losing our nerves at the smallest troubles. If you’re one of those people who have a difficult time filtering all the stress, the previously mentioned tips will allow you to feel relaxed and leave all your worries behind in only five minutes, keeping you in a good mood for the rest of the day.

Diana Smith, Associate Editor

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