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When was the last time you really took a deep breathe? Our lives are filled with work to-dos, family obligations, and more that we forget to even fully breathe, let alone be in the moment.This is mainly due to increased stress, anxiety and overall uncertainty about the future.

Here are a few tips to relieve stress in 10 minutes or less:

  1. Breathe deep – Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose for 5 seconds. Engage your diaphragm and exhale slowly to empty the lungs completely.
  2. Progressive muscle relaxation – Guided pattern of holding and releasing tension in muscles throughout the body, often toe to head or head to toe.
  3. Give Yoga a try – Hold certain poses, tensing up muscles, and release them, while breathing slowing and deeply.
  4. Tidy up – Outer order, inner calm. Taking time to clean and tidy up will help you feel like you’ve check one item off your to-do this. You feel more relaxed with less clutter around.
  5. Use your nose – Inhaling essential oils can help counteract stress. These scents are among the most beneficial for stress-reduction:
    • Bitter orange
    • Bergmont
    • Lavender
    • Rose
    • Sandalwood
  6. Take it outside – Taking a breath of fresh air can lower stress and improve mental health. 10 minutes of sitting or walking in nature can do the trick.
  7. Express gratitude – Write down 3 to 5 things you are grateful for. Write a thank you note to a friend or co-worker. Counting your blessings can increase happiness and positive emotions.

Try these tips to help reduce stress, anxiety and improve our mental health. We are worth giving it a try.

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