5 Ways to De-Stress in Less Than 10 Minutes


It’s Monday, and, for many people (including myself), it’s probably been a long day. It’s easy to let a whole day flash by without a moment to collect and check in with yourself. Here’s your Monday night reminder that you can de-stress right now – these are just 5 ways:

  1. Give yourself 5 minutes of space.

    This can include physical space and stepping away from your desk (if you’re still at work and reading this) or taking 5 minutes of mental space to do absolutely nothing when you get home. A simple 5 minutes of idleness can make a huge difference in a day that’s felt non-stop.

  2. Drink a full glass of water.

    Chances are, if you’re too busy, you probably forgot to hydrate yourself. And getting dehydrated will only make you feel worse. Do yourself a favor and gulp some H2O.

  3. Breathe for 1 minute.

    Remember that 5 minutes of space you took in #1? Now it’s time to just breathe for 1 minute. This is cleansing for most people and can bring you back to your center. (If you need help concentrating on this step, this GIF is super helpful – and it lasts for 1 minute!)

  4. Stretch it out.

    Everyone usually recommends exercising to relieve stress, but I’ve found this doesn’t really work if you’re in the moment and don’t have time to go for a run. Stretching can be a quick fix for relieving some (literal) tension in your body, and it also improves circulation. Here are some easy stretches that can be done almost anywhere.

  5. Step Away from the Technology

    Like me, you probably convince yourself from time to time that mindlessly scrolling through Facebook/Instagram/Twitter is “zoning out.” But it’s not really a break because your mind is being pulled in all sorts of different directions with information overload. Give yourself a break from your screen (computer or cell phone). (Better yet, I dare you to take a whole evening “off” from your screen – let me know how it goes!!)

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If I’m being honest, this post was written one night before a more-stressful-than-usual day in anticipation that I’ll need some reminders to de-stress. If you are reading this, I hope that you find some release from whatever is weighing you down!



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