Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less


2020-27-4

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Relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms and help you enjoy a better quality of life. We’ve rounded up ways to relax and relieve stress, fast. Explore these simple relaxation techniques and get started on de-stressing your life and improving your health.

Sip and nosh your way to relaxation

  • Get your green tea on

Just staring at a mug of the green liquid on your desk might calm you, too, thanks to the earthy color’s ability.

  • Chillax with some chocolate

When you need a quick break, break off a square of dark chocolate to boost your brain health and reduce stress.
As an added bonus, dark chocolate is lower in sugar than milk chocolate, but it hits the sweet tooth sweet spot.

  • Help yourself to a little honey

Drizzle honey in your tea, coffee, yogurt, or just go straight for the jar with a spoon. The sweet stuff also works for a quick energy boost.

  • Go tropical

Take a five-minute break to peel, slice, and bite into a juicy mango. Weird fact: Mangos contain a compound called linalool, the main ingredient in lavender essential oil. It may reduce stress.

Find some inner peace

  • Meditate

No need to go on a week-long silent retreat with zen-looking yogis to snag some serenity. It doesn’t require completely clearing your mind, either. You can meditate in as little as one minute with visualization techniques.

  • Get your head below your heart

Put your head between your knees, or stand and hang your head and arms toward your toes. Getting your noggin below your heart has restorative effects on the autonomic nervous system (ANS).

  • Give yourself a squeeze

Progressive relaxation involves tensing and releasing muscles, body part by body part. You may not have time to do your whole frame in five minutes, but just arms, shoulders, neck, and head will suffice.

  • Close your peepers

A little darkness behind your lids can help shut out the external factors causing you trouble. Stressors may look a little different when you open your eyes, ready to face the world again.

Treat your body to some respite

  • Massage your hands

Just a five-minute hand massage could help relieve anxiety.

  • Try acupressure

When you’re already stressed, the last thing you might want is more pressure. But acupressure may help alleviate anxiety, according to a recent study Trusted Source.

Acupressure is like the non-poke-y version of acupuncture. It aims to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. Use your fingers to find the two divots where your neck muscles attach to your skull. Press firmly for

  • Splash cold water on your face

Head to the loo and turn on the cold tap. Cool your hands and face with H2O and dab some on your pulse points. Cold water has an energizing effect. But it can also calm you if you’re body temp is rising after a sticky convo with your partner or a beef with your boss.

Make space for yourself

  • Get some rays

Sunlight, whether through a window or outside, can douse your worries.

  • Stare out the window

Give yourself permission to do absolutely nothing but gaze. Looking at nature scenes like trees and public parks can be more relaxing than staring at a tech screen. But even if nature is nowhere near, just viewing the outside world for a few minutes might get you out of your own head.

...You can still find stress relief in just five minutes whenever you need it.


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