Taking a minute to let go of life’s stresses is always a good idea. Sometimes, we get so caught up in our daily stress and anxiety that we forget that our minds need time to relax and refocus. I’m definitely one of those people, but I’m also very impatient and if I have to make time during my busy schedule to relax it will never happen.
However, there are a few activities which only take about a minute or even less that can help you de-stress, relax and refocus. I’ve tried a few techniques and here are the ones I found actually made a difference.
1. Distract to refocus
Distracting yourself from the thing that stresses you out by doing something else is probably one of the best tips I’ve tried. I can get so caught up in one thing that’s giving me anxiety that I lose focus and become less productive.
Taking a break from what you are doing, even if only for a minute, will help you to clear your mind and refocus your efforts on what actually matters. I enjoy playing a quick game on my phone which distracts me from what is causing my anxiety and helps me to detach emotionally. After only a minute or so, I feel ready to tackle the problem I was having with a fresh perspective.
2. Writing things down
My mind is always filled with 1 000 things to do and it can be extremely distracting. I always try to take a minute to write all my racing thoughts down on paper. It gives me the assurance that I won’t forget it, so my mind doesn’t have to bother me with it while I’m busy doing something else. As things pop into your mind, keep writing them down and at the end of the day, take a minute to go through your list and tick off what you’ve accomplished.
3. Try breathwork
Try doing breathing exercises when things are getting a little bit too much, to help you refocus your mind. All breathing exercises follow the same rule of a deep breath in through the nose, and a long and strong exhale with a quick pause before taking another deep breath.
4. Re-organise your desk
When we get busy, our desks tend to get untidy. Papers and books are scattered everywhere and without realising it, this can add to our anxiety. Taking a minute to quickly rearrange the items on your desk in an organised way can really help to release some tension. And who knows, maybe you’ll find that piece of paper you’ve been looking for all morning!
5. Tension release
During the day, as we experience stress our muscles tense up which can make our anxiety worse. What I like to do, although this can sometimes feel a little bit awkward, is tension release.
Focus on a specific muscle, make it tense and then release. Take deep breaths as you tense and release, starting with your toes and working all the way up until you’ve reached your eyelids. Refocusing on your body distracts you from what is causing your stress and helps you to focus on what matters, your body and your health.
Which techniques help you to de-stress? Let us know in the comments below.