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Updated: May 7

Whether you have 60 seconds or an hour of time, here are 10 ways to de - stress.

1 // Breathe - it’s so simple but effective. Really it’s controlled breathing. This means, breathe in to your abdomen for the count of 4 - pause - breathe out for the count of 8. Do this for at least 5 minutes.

2 // Meditate - sit comfortably and focus on your breath (or a mantra). As you breathe in and out, focus on your breath or a mantra for at least 5 minutes, up to 20 minutes or more. If thoughts pop into your head, just gently bring your focus back to your breath or mantra.

3 // Practice mindfulness - whenever you become tense, anxious or stressed, ask questions. Why are you stressed? What does it mean, and where does it come from? This personal inquiry can easily tone down your stress response.

4 // Smile - it’s incredible how smiling can trick your brain into thinking that you are happier. Just try it!

5 // Sleep better - get more sleep. Go to bed earlier, stop using your phone, computer or laptop 2 hours before retiring, sip on chamomile tea.

6 // Take more technology breaks - particularly if you are working at a computer. Get up! Walk, move, - Don’t just sit there!

7 // Stretch - this means moving your spine through its full range of motion. Start by bending forward from the waist, bend backwards, side bend to either side and then rotate your torso. Then turn your head to one side, then the other, drop your head forward and then backwards, and finally side bend the head to either side. Do this slowly and gently as you breathe. If you have more time, then exercise.

8 // Connect with nature - go for a walk outside, in the sun, in the park or on the beach. If you have the time, go on a hike. And if you have more time - go on a holiday!!!

9 // Have strong interpersonal relationships - this means maintain your friendships, family ties or whoever you consider to be close to you. Keep them close.

10 // Practice gratitude.

And, as a final note, hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Hydration helps a myriad of symptoms, so hydrate whenever you feel any symptom.



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