How to Chill Out Quickly and Easily

How to Chill Out Quickly and Easily

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We’ve all heard that exercise is a great stress reliever, right? Well, here’s the problem with that: when you’re stressed it’s typically because you have a lot on your plate. You’re busy, you have a ton to do, and you just don’t have time to spend hours at the gym working out your issues.

I get it. I’ve been there.

Fortunately, I’ve learned that you don’t need to dedicate a ton of time to exercising in order to enjoy its stress-relieving benefits. In fact, I’ve even narrowed down some quick, 10 to 20-minutes-or-less workouts that can calm you down, set your mind at ease, and help you say goodbye to worries, nerves and anxiety.

Next time you feel the stress coming on, try these easy stress relieving exercises:

  • Take a walk around the block – This gets your heart rate up for a bit and it lets you connect with nature. Sunlight is a natural stress-reliever so this gives you double the bang for your buck. You can even do it at work; just swap your coffee break for a quick trek around the building.
  • Stretch your neck – Most people hold tension in their neck and shoulders. Take a few minutes to roll your head from side to side. Gently hold it to one side with your hand, stretching out the muscles on the other side. Switch and repeat.
  • Just dance – Put on your favorite song, drop everything, and get into the music. Close the door and dance around your office, or dance with your kids in the living room. Wherever or whenever you choose to do it, dancing is a great way to release stress.
  • Do a mini yoga session – Get on the floor and do a few cat, cow, and downward facing dog poses. These stretch out your muscles and relieve the tension held within them. It also helps you control your breathing, which will help calm you down and chill you out.
  • Start jumping – Jumping jacks get your heart rate up and get your endorphins going – a must if you want to beat stress.
  • Just breathe – Focused breathing, also known as meditation, has been scientifically proven to decrease high blood pressure and stress levels, improve emotional stability and problem solving skills, and increase serotonin – which combats depression.

 


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