De-stress in 10 min or less

1. Get moving!
Exercise can be a great stress buster. Regardless of how you are feeling, to get up and walk around at a fast tempo or jump up and down. It may sound silly, but the results speak for themselves. 

2. Enjoy natural sunlight
Especially in the winter. It can be depressing to be stuck indoors during the shortened days of winter, but a brisk walk in the sunshine can be a real mood enhancer.

3. Use deep breathing
Breathe in slowly for five counts and out for five counts. Continue this for a few minutes.  Breathing slowly helps to reduce your heart rate and decrease your stress. 

4. Give yourself 5-10 minutes of personal time
This could include a time to be reflective, meditate, or simply unwind. 

5. Focus on others
It is very therapeutic when you look outside yourself to see the needs of others. 

6. Inspire yourself
Have an inspirational book on hand or a list of motivational sayings or scriptures that uplift and strengthen your resolve. 

7. Eat a healthily
Food provides us with energy, which revitalizes our body and helps us think more clearly.

8. Engage in laughter and humor
There is truth to the saying that laughter is the best medicine. Find the humor in the day’s events and engage in activities that make you laugh. 

9. Listen to your favorite music
Pay attention to how certain songs make you feel and keep listening to the ones that produce a relaxing effect.

10. Take a 10-minute power nap
Remember that rest and relaxation go hand in hand. Also aim for 8 hours of sleep every night.