We are always on the go. Having to-do lists to check off; bringing the kids to this activity and then this play date. When do we have time to unwind? It’s usually at night when everything is quiet and we turn to TV on to drown our crazy days into reality shows.
But what if there was a way to unwind for five minutes throughout the day? Look no further!! Check out these 23 ways to unwind.
1. Be permissive.
This is important for many. Give yourself permission to slow down. Say it out loud if you must.
2. Turn the dial.
Find one or two relaxing music stations to set in your car and at home or create a soothing playlist or two to quiet your mind and decrease your heartbeat. On your drive home from work, skip the news at least a few times a week and unwind with some great music to revive you.
3. One word syllables can serve you well.
Next time, someone asks you to sign up for that extra something or other that will consume your time and add to your load, very kindly try the words, “No thank you.”
4. Seek the crunch.
Reach for a healthy crunchy food like celery, nuts or a hard apple to take the brunt of your stress.
5. Don’t be afraid of needles.
Acupuncture is incredibly relaxing and forces you to chill-out. After all, you don’t want to move and disturb all those needles!
6. Create a cozy nook.
Make sure there is a quiet area in your home or yard where you can decompress. Associate that area with a time to relax and listen to nature. Some even create a mediation room and if that appeals to you, go for it!
7. Retreat from your routine.
Getting away from everyone and everything for a night or weekend or even longer just may be the ticket for you to truly relax and reset a new course. Sign up for a retreat, plan a little vaca and make it an annual escape that you look forward to for yourself.
8. Technology can help.
Send phone reminders to yourself to do nothing for 10 minutes and let your mind wander and don’t focus on any problems . . . at all. They will still be there when you get back (sorry!) but you will be refreshed deleting them for a brief respite.
9. Lower the eyelids.
Yes, just rest those hard-working peeps and close your eyes. Let the hectic day go black to regain some calm.
10. Go green.
Sip green tea as it is a source of L-Theanine, a chemical that helps relieve anger and stress.
11. Chocoholics delight.
Go ahead and indulge in some dark chocolate to calm the nerves. Cacao levels in chocolate can regulate stress hormones.
12. Try a brief siesta.
Now, this can backfire on you so be careful. A brief nap of 20 minutes or less can really revive you. But, longer naps can just make your groggy and disturb your natural sleep patterns.
13. Breathe the right breath.
Here is a quick, free way to slow down. Controlled sloooow, deep breaths can help lower heart rate and your blood pressure, too. Your cardiovascular system will thank you.
14. Find the om.
Take those slow breathes a step further and start a mediation or yoga practice, or begin learning tai chi or qigong. There is a reason why those that do this regularly always seem calm.
15. Focus on good times.
Bring forth those happy times to the forefront when feeling tense. It can allow you to escape for a bit as well as remind you about what really counts in life and how to get back there.
16. Find the right touch.
Massage can do wonders for your body and mind and relationships. Make it a regular thing if it works for you.
17. A little dab will do ‘ya.
Tap a bit of lavender, tea tree, citrus or another essential oil onto your wrist. But, remember always mix essential oils with a carrier oil like coconut oil so that you don’t burn your skin! The scents may activate smell receptors in the nose that can stabilize our emotions in our brain.
18. Find the light.
If you are lucky enough to have a sunny day, step outside and show some appreciation and look to the sun. Bright light can be an effective treatment for people who suffer from depression, and can cheer up just about anyone. Talk a walk in that sun too for even greater stress relief.
19. Write it all down.
Yup, everything you have to do and/or all your worries – write it down and release it all with no editing. Seeing it on paper can help you get organized in your life and in your mind. Just the act of writing can help create solutions and release emotions, too.
20. Move your limbs.
No list to destress could go without exercise as a great solution to deplete those stress reactions. A simple walk around the block to a full-out session at the gym can really help you feel and look better too.
21. Refocus your mind.
Sometimes if impatiently waiting, occupying your mind with a game or puzzle can redirect your brain to other efforts and take your mind off the waiting and worrying game.
22. Find your four-legged friends.
Time with your pets is an instant stress-reliever. Laugh, snuggle and just enjoy the presence of your fur family.
23. Open the line.
What are friends for? Sharing that’s what. Seek your besties and vent.