10 Ways to Relax When You Only Have 10 Minutes

lazy sundayThe life of a career girl is a busy one: one filled with events, situations, and tasks that all add up to create an unimaginably stressful living environment. Taking time, no matter how short that amount of time may be, to relax and de-stress is essential to prevent feelings of resentment towards your job.

However, many of us do not always have time to go to the spa for a whole day and be pampered from head to toe. These 10 methods of relaxing will have you back to your amazing self in under 10 minutes, and leave you feeling refreshed and unruffled by stress. Breathe.

1. Listen to a few minutes of relaxing music.

It’s been proven in countless psychological studies that listening to music lowers your blood pressure and is a reliable way to relieve stress. Slip on some headphones, and let your eyes drift shut as the gentle beats of your favorite relaxation playlist soothe your stress!

2. Go for a quick walk, or stretch.

A study by the APA (American Psychological Association) has shown many times that only 10 minutes of physical activity per day can increase happiness, help in healing depressed feelings, and improve your overall mood by a long shot. Going outside is perhaps the best way to do this, so take a quick walk down the sidewalk and breathe in the fresh air. Your body, mind, and emotions will thank you.

3. Have a treat.

Sometimes, when you are having an extremely stressful (or just plain terrible!) day, the best thing to do is to grab your favorite thing: whether it be an adorable mug filled with some steaming tea, a cracker with jam, or a chocolate, you will feel way better after indulging in something you love. Just remember to eat your favourite junk food in moderation, so you don’t end up with more stress later from guilt over binging on Cadbury bars or drinking 3 cups of coffee.

4. Call a friend or family member for a quick chat.

Hearing the voice of someone you care about is shown to instantly activate areas of your brain that produce feelings of happiness (and of course, love). Give a friend, your mom, your sister, or anyone you love a quick call. Hearing their voice will ground you, and help reinforce the idea that everything will get better. No matter how short the call, it will help both you and them.

5. Write things down!

Writing things down can help relieve stress, but one of the best methods to feel more relaxed is to write about things you are grateful for. This can be anything, from writing down what good things have happened in your ‘terrible day’, or writing down a list of your favorite things about Christmas time.

6. Find your new favourite blogs.

If you need some inspiration, motivation or just a laugh why not browse the web for a few minutes and find your tribe! The blogs, websites, pinterest accounts and vloggers that make you feel relaxed, fill you with positivity and keep you smiling. The internet can be a good thing, you know!

7. Light a candle (or 3!)

For many people, candles symbolize feelings of calm and relaxation. Picking some in your favorite (preferably calming) scents can instantly calm your nerves. Take a deep breath and realize that it will all be okay soon. Whatever makes you the happiest is what you should do.

8. Instead of writing another to-do list, write a bucket list!

Bucket lists are one of the more popular things done by people nowadays. Basically lists of things you want to do, places you want to go, or anything else that you want to see/do/eat before you die, these lists are ways to open up your imagination. Reach really far into the depths of your soul, write down things that terrify you, that inspire you, that fascinate you. Having a list of things that you want to do will allow you to seek out those things more easily.

9. Get out your photo albums!

Pull out the old family vacation photo albums and allow the nostalgia that comes along with reminiscing to kick in. Looking back on the tangible memories of things you enjoyed will spark inspiration and happiness inside you.

10. Spoil yourself.

Apply that expensive new black tea face mask you’ve been dying to try. Paint a quick coat of that gorgeous new color onto your nails. Spread some of that amazingly beautiful smelling lotion onto your hands and arms. Whatever makes you feel beautiful, radiant, and relaxed is what you should do. Also, remember that stress, at the end of the day, is not the biggest part of your life. Things will always get better.

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  • carmen

    Great tips – I love them all and I’ll definitively ty them out :) Thank you, always a plesure to read your posts! Xo Carmen

    • Kaitlin Marks

      Thank you for your lovely comment Carmen! It makes me so happy to know that people enjoy my articles; I personally know that I’m going to start trying these tips out because stress is something huge in life to deal with! Have an amazing day!

  • camille

    Very nice tips ! Very helpful

    • Kaitlin Marks

      Thank you Camille! I’m glad you enjoyed the tips! Hope they help you to be relaxed and happy! :)

  • Elizabeth Rebecca

    Something that really helps me is stretching – I find that it calms me and helps me to relax a lot.

    Lizzie Dripping

    • Kaitlin Marks

      Stretching is a great tip as well! Thank you for your comment Elizabeth, I’ll definitely have to try that one out! :) Have a lovely day!

  • Veronica

    Great list! I prefer to create reverse bucket lists. The goal is to focus on things you’ve already done as opposed to focusing on things you have yet to do. You should give it a try!

    • Beth

      Wow! That’s totally blown my mind, I never thought of that but I’m totally going to do it now! :) x

    • Kaitlin Marks

      Wow, what a great idea! Thank you so much for your comment, Veronica! That’s honestly such a good idea; can’t wait to try it out.

  • Linda D.

    Really great list Kaitlin! The most relaxing thing for me is a cup of tea or coffee and a croissant (this is kind of my morning ritual before I get out there and do all the things that I have planned). It is relaxing, but at the same time it gives you energy to go with your day and be amazing.

    Linda D. ❈ http://www.will-work-for-coffee.blogspot.co.uk

    • Kaitlin Marks

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment Linda! I am smiling reading your amazing comment. I love having tea and croissants as well; nice to know someone else feels the same way! My special indulgence is chocolate croissants; they’re so good! Have an amazing day!

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