Beat Stress, Improve Health in 5 Mins

Beat Stress, Improve Health in 5 Mins

In today’s world is hard to escape stress of modern living. Beyond affecting mood, it can damage one’s health, from lost sleep and stress-eating to weight gain and heart disease.

Fortunately, there are easy steps to take to counter all of the negatives. A simple solution is a 20-min daily break to practice relaxation in a tranquil spot away from annoyances. But, when time is in short supply, anyone can do a 5-minute de-stress to refresh and refocus.

Below are 5 effective ways to do that, as follows:

  • Breathe with focus: Put all your concentration on taking long, deep breaths. Watch your belly expand as you inhale and contract as you exhale.
  • Meditate: Build on focused breathing by silently repeating a mantra, which can be just a sound, 1 word or a short, life-affirming phrase of your choice.
  • Exercise: Tap into the power of mood-boosting endorphins by spending a few mins moving. You do not even have to leave your office, just close the door and try walking or running in place at your desk. Or get the mind-body benefits of yoga with a simple move like the Tree Pose: Standing straight, bend your right knee out to the side to place the sole of your right foot against the inner thigh of your left leg. Hold for 30-60 secs, then switch legs and repeat.
  • Unplug: Turn off all electronic devices for the full 5 mins and let your mind wander or contemplate the view from your window.
  • Guided imagery: With eyes closed, visualize yourself visiting a favorite place or doing a favorite activity. See yourself in the scene, smiling and having an enjoyable time.

And do not limit yourself to 1 technique, create a menu that you can pick from, depending on the situation. Breathe!

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Paul Ebeling

Paul A. Ebeling, polymath, excels in diverse fields of knowledge. Pattern Recognition Analyst in Equities, Commodities and Foreign Exchange and author of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly regarded, weekly financial market letter, he is also a philosopher, issuing insights on a wide range of subjects to a following of over 250,000 cohorts. An international audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognizes Ebeling as an expert.

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