How to Relax: 5 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less

Life can quickly become CRAZY! How are you suppose to relax when you feel like you can’t or don’t have the time?

When life seems too busy and when you feel overwhelmed with stress, the last thing you want to do is neglect your own care. Easier said than done, right? I’ll be the first to admit some self-care days are better than others.

Life can quickly become CRAZY! Here are 5 ways to relax in 5 minutes or less, even when you feel overwhelmed with stress. #3 is very therapeutic. Click to read and find your favorite.

I also know how crazy life feels when you’re being stretched, pulled, and thinned in about a million different directions. You think to yourself, I don’t have time to take care of myself. I barely have the strength and time to take care of those around me. I understand because I think those same things.

A full day at a spa or doing what you need to rejuvenate and revive your spirit and physical well-being aren’t always easy. And frankly, those large chunks of time aren’t always there for you to take advantage of. I do hope you treat yourself (as time permits) to these day retreats, but for those who only have a brief minute or two to spare, here are 5 ways to relax in 5 minutes or less.

How to Relax: 5 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes or Less

1. Take a Couple of Deep Breaths

Deep breaths in and out will help center your mind and focus on what matters most first. It allows you to stop and process everything going on around you. I recommend at least three slow inhaled and exhaled deep breaths to begin relaxing. Take more deep breaths as needed.

2. Massaging the Temples on your Forehead Clockwise

Massaging the temples on your forehead clockwise helps relieve stress. I often find myself using this tip when I feel a headache starting or when my eyes begin hurting from staring at a computer screen for long periods of time.

3. Write your Feelings on a Notecard

Writing down your feelings briefly allows you to identify your emotions. Once you identify your feelings you can more easily work through them. If you write down, “I’m tired” then do your best to go to bed as early as you can that night. If you write, “I’m upset because of ….” and there is no immediate resolve, then set the notecard to the side and review it in the morning.

The success of writing down these emotions comes from not taking them to bed with you. You need to leave them at the table (or where you place your notecards), get a good nights sleep and then review and work toward resolving them the next morning.

4. Listen to your Favorite Song

Listen to your favorite song, dance, and sing out loud. Be a little silly and feel like a kid again. The way to find success with this tip is to have a music list already created. You can add your favorite music videos to a new folder in your YouTube app, or create a specific playlist on your phone.

5. Use your Favorite Lotion

Apply your favorite lotion to your hands, arms, neck, and take a moment to breathe in your favorite scent. Have a few small travel size bottles scattered around the home. Ideas include in the bathroom, at the kitchen sink, in your office, and in your bedroom.

As you take the time to take care of yourself you will renew yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This is so vitally important, especially when you have others depending on you. You cannot run on empty fumes without eventually running yourself to the ground. You need to take care of yourself.

Is there something you do to relax at the end of the day that takes less than 5 minutes? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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