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3 Ways to Relax in Under 5 Minutes

woman sitting and relaxing on grassFeeling anxious, overwhelmed, or stressed? You’re not alone. Sometimes, taking a moment to ourselves can make all the difference when it comes to mental health. Here are some of our favorite ways to relax quickly.

  • Get your head below your heart. Hanging with your arms and head toward your toes lessens your fight or flight response.
  • Connect with your breath. Did you know that when we’re stressed, we tend to hold in the air? Set a timer for 60 seconds and breathe in and out slowly for a full minute.
  • Squeeze yourself. Progressive relaxation is the practice of tensing and releasing muscles one by one. Start with tensing your fists for a few seconds and consciously releasing them. Then move to your arms, shoulders, feet, and so forth.

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