Breathe it out

By this, we mean meditate. Take five minutes out of your day to sit and meditate and you'll find yourself feeling more relaxed. In fact, psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, a PhD and Chicago health and wellness coach, suggests daily meditation to keep your stress levels down.

Laugh it out

Take five minutes out of your day and laugh; maniacally if you want! People might look at you funny, but you'll be de-stressing. Robin Dunbar, an evolutionary psychologist at Oxford, found that laughing triggers an increase in endorphins. This makes you feel good instantly - helping you to relax.

Cross it out

Yes, doing a crossword can help you relax. It may seem like a brain busting activity, but it can also sooth your nerves. Whilst the idea that it will prevent Alzheimer's is a hotly debated one - there's no doubt that the fun puzzles can make you forget your stress and worry.

Play it out

Love music? Here’s your chance to get the most out of your favourite tunes. Research shows that music is a relaxation technique used to lower blood pressure, steady heart rates and help with anxiety. While most people relax with audio tapes designed for this purpose, your favourite pop song can put you in a good mood and that little jazz tune can help you unwind. Go ahead, give it a try.

Go bananas

Eat a banana instead of a packet of crisps. Bananas contain potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure. How does this help you relax? Well, when you’re stressed or anxious, your blood pressure rises so eating a banana calms you down and helps you relax.

Walk on

Walking is often a recommended exercise because it helps to boost the endorphins in your body. Take a break by just walking for five minutes without any other distractions and feel yourself become calmer.

Pet your pet

People who suffer from ADHD are told to keep pets for a good reason. Sometimes, all you need is some TLC and a pet will give you that in abundance! A little cuddle with your dog and you’re set to go!

Write it out

Journaling is a good way to beat stress, but we’re talking about switching it up. If you spend just a few minutes every day to write down everything good that happens – you’ll have a good bank. Take five minutes out of a chaotic day to read through all the things you were grateful for and voila – feel those good vibrations come back to you.

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