Modern life is stressful, and there is not a lot you can do about that. The demands of work and family can really take their toll, and it is all too easy to feel overwhelmed.

Even so, you do not have to succumb to the stresses of everyday life. Learning some simple relaxation techniques can help you get through the day without an emotional explosion, and you do not need a lot of time to make that happen. Here are five effective stress busters you can do in five minutes or less.

    1. 5 Stress Busters that only take 5 minutesTake a brisk walk around the block or the office. Exercise is good for the body and the soul, so get up and get moving. There is nothing like a brisk walk to take your mind off your troubles, and when you get back, your brain – and your body – will be refreshed.
    2. Relax with a soothing drink. Whether you choose a steaming hot cup of chamomile tea at bedtime or a soothing glass of wine after dinner, you will feel much better afterward.
    3. Get up and stretch. This is one you can do without leaving your office or cubicle, and it will make you feel great. Just stand up on your tippy toes, raise your arms and stretch out your muscles as far as they will go. The stretching is good for your body, and the soothing feel is good for your mind.
    4. Listen to your favorite music. There is nothing like a soothing tune to perk up your day, so crank up the radio, stream your favorite music live or grab your device and your headphones. Listening to music is good for the mind and body, so keep your favorite tunes close by.
    5. Write down your thoughts. Simply getting your negative thoughts down on paper or on the computer screen, can take away their power and make you feel better. Keeping a journal is a great path to self-reflection and an excellent way to improve relaxation and emotional well-being.

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Whether you are having a tough day at work, worrying about the kids or wondering how you will be able to get it all done, sometimes it pays to take a step back. Stepping back and looking at the big picture allows you to put things in perspective, and taking five minutes to reflect on the situation and relax your mind is always a good thing to do. If you have five minutes, you have time to relax, and you can start with the five simple ideas listed above.

What’s your secret to stress relief? How do you relax? Leave your tips below.

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