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Unexpected ways to relax in 5 minutes or less

Posted by Matt Coles on

Turn off all gadgets, phones, computers and ignore your social media feed.
Take a 5-minute mindfulness break and step away from technology.

1) Listen to classical music
A study that was published in Human Physiology found that listening to classical music, even if you're not paying attention, can help calm your nerves. Plug in your headphones and take a 5-minute musical break.

2) Eat some dark chocolate
That's right! Studies have shown that cocoa and dark chocolate can improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Shut down your computer, walk to the convenience store for some dark chocolate and take delight in every stress-relieving bite.

3) Chew gum
An Australian study tested stress levels of people chewing gum and not chewing gum. The participants that chewed gum reported lower levels of anxiety and displayed reduced levels of salivary cortisol (a physiological stress marker). Not only will you have fresh breath, you'll also relieve your stress while chewing gum.

4) Swear away
A pair of German entrepreneurs started a swearing hotline back in 2012. The site was called “Schimpf-los” which translates to “swear away” in German. They had operators standing by 24/7 to receive abuse from the paying public. Unfortunately, we cannot verify this technique as the site is no longer around. But, it sounds like a good idea so we thought we’d add it to the list.

5) Spritz yourself with a calming rose water spray
Close your eyes, spritz Imbue hydrating rose water spray on your face and breathe deeply. You can spray the mist at home, in the office, on a plane, in the airport, on your linens, after exercise and before bed. Our personal favourite blend for relaxation is the Soothe rose water mist.

Soothe rose water mist - Imbue Essential Oils

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