7 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes (or less)

7 Ways to Relax in 5 Minutes1. Meditate
5 minutes of peace is all it takes to reap the benefits of meditation. Find a comfortable spot in a quiet place, concentrate on your breath, and feel those anxieties start to disappear.

2. Lay your head on a cushion or pillow
If you’ve got a pillow, you’re already on the road to relaxation. Try this visualization technique: lay your head down for a few minutes and imagine the pillow is a sponge sucking up all your worries.

3. Give yourself a hand massage
Hands in general can carry a lot of tension. Apply some luxurious lotion and start kneading the base of the muscle under the thumb to relieve stress in the shoulders, neck, and scalp.

4. Stretch
Standing up for a quick stretch can relieve muscle tension and help us relax during a stressful day. Why not try a shoulder roll-out or a chest-opening stretch right from a chair?

5. Listen to your favorite song
Beyonce, Blondie, or the Biebster, sometimes belting out the lyrics to a favorite tune makes everything seem all right. Classical music can be especially relaxing right before bedtime.

6. Try aromatherapy
It takes just a minute to drip some lavender, tea tree, or another essential oil into your palm and inhale. It may help send stress and anxiety packing by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions

7. Laugh
Stressed? Me? Ha! Laughter’s one of the sillier ways to beat stress, but there’s science behind it. A fit of hysterics can increase blood flow and boost immunity.

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