5 tips to relax from stress!

You do not need a weekend or a spa treatment to relax. Each of these little moments of stress relief can take less than 15 minutes.

1. Meditate
Few minutes of exercise a day can help reduce stress. “Daily meditation can change the brain’s nerve pathways, making them more resistant to stress,” says psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman.
It is simple. Sit straight with both feet on the floor. Close your eyes. Focus on the repetition – loud or silent – of a positive mantra like the familiar “Om”. Place your hand on your belly to synchronize your mantra with your breaths. Leave any fragmentary thoughts away from you!

2. Breathe deeply
Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breath. Sit straight, eyes closed, with one hand on your belly. Breathe slowly through your nose, feel the onset of breathing in your abdomen, then in the lungs and finally in the clavicles. Reverse the procedure as you exhale from your mouth.
“Deep breathing calculates the effects of stress by slowing down the heart rate and lowering blood pressure,” says psychologist Judith Tutin.

3. Focus on the senses
Slow down. “Take 5 minutes and focus on a single behavior, triggering the senses,” says Tutin. Observe how you feel the air touching your face when walking and how your feet feel hit on the ground. Enjoy the texture and taste of every meal.
When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense.

4. Contact
Your friends are one of the best tools for dealing with anxiety. Talk to them – preferably face-to-face or at least on the phone. Share what’s happening. You can get a new perspective!

5. Tune in your body
Make a mental “scan” of your body to get a sense of the way anxiety affects every day. Lie down your back, or sit on your floor with your feet. Start off your toes and work up to the scalp, observing how your body feels.

Relax. You deserve it, it’s good for you and it takes less time than you think.


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