"The time to relax is when you don't have time for it."–Sydney J. Harris

How many times throughout the day do you just wish wish you could relax for even a few minutes? It’s so easy to get caught up in the thought that you just don’t have time to relax. Instead, you keep driving yourself further into exhaustion. You already know that relaxation helps you recharge your body’s battery, but sometimes you're so busy and caught up in the moment that you just don't have the time to chill out.

Well, the good news is there are simple ways to relax, even during your craziest days, that don't require a lot of time.

Here are Five Simple Relaxation Tips:

1. When you're in line at the grocery store: I don’t know about you but sometimes I find myself in a ridiculously long grocery line. It’s easy to get frustrated and stressed over it. Instead of stressing out over the crazy long lines and lack of cashiers, use that time to relax your body by taking some deep breaths. Seriously, no one will know! Here are some facts about deep breathing:

• Deep breathing helps increase the oxygen in your blood. Your blood then circulates that extra oxygen throughout your body helping your body feel refreshed.

• Taking five slow deep breaths will really help. Just inhale and exhale deeply through your nose.

• Deep breathing can be done anywhere when you're feeling stressed or just want to clear your mind.

2. When you're at work: It's often hard to find time to relax at work. Everyone seems to want your projects done yesterday. However, there are some techniques you can do while you're at work to help create calmness that aren't so obvious to others.

• If your job requires you to sit at a computer all day, make sure you get up and move around for a few minutes every hour. This helps circulate the blood throughout your body. Just moving the blood flow will make you feel more alert and focused.

• While sitting at your desk, roll your head around, from side to side and from front to back with your eyes closed. This technique helps to relieve neck tension, increasing blood flow to your brain, which is a natural and easy way to relax.

Go for a walk during a break or lunchtime. Walking is a great way to clear your mind and your body will benefit from the extra exercise as well.

3. When you're rushing through a busy day: Take just a few moments to daydream and escape the busyness of reality. Not when operating heavy machinery, of course!

• Daydreaming lets your imagination flow, causing instant relief from your stress.

• Think of a place or experience that makes you feel happy or calm. Imagine how it smells, how the air feels, and who's around. Use a screensaver or picture that takes you to you happy place.

• After five minutes of a calming daydream, stretch and you'll feel relaxed, reenergized and ready to face the real world again.

4. Wherever you're at, smile: Smiling is proven to help relax and rejuvenate your body.

• When you're out and about, smile at others around you. It’s truly contagious.

• When you're at work, smile at your co-workers. Not only will it help you relax, it'll help relax them as well.

5. Laughter can be some pretty powerful medicine: Laughter's proven to be a great stress reliever. Now I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to be seen as losing your mind, so laughing out loud when you're in line at the store or sitting at your desk may not be the best time. When you can, get someone involved in your laughter with you.

• Tell a funny joke or story to a co-worker (at an appropriate time, of course).

• Play a fun game or sing a silly song with your kids as you're driving.

• Watch funny videos on YouTube or sit com.

Engaging in these quick and easy relaxation techniques will help get through your day. It'll also make it easier to chill when you get home. Your friends, co-workers, and family will all appreciate the new, relaxed you!

For over 25 years in the health care profession, Lisa Birnesser has studied stress relief techniques and have helped hundreds of people reduce stress in their lives. Lisa specializes in stress management coaching by helping people do what matters most every day.

40 thoughts on “Five Quick and Easy Relaxation Tips”

  1. OH, I love these tips….especially the last one about laughter. Lately I am really enjoying the moments that I am able to laugh and the more I do it, the more laughter comes easily; it is soo refreshing! I live in Vancouver where we have a lot of traffiic, so when I am in a traffic jam, I try to relax as much as possible. Thanks!

  2. I love these 'anytime, anywhere' tips! I agree with your idea of laughter as a stress reliever – it's a great way to switch off completely.
    Thanks Lisa!

  3. Great tips Lisa… love this: "Everyone seems to want your projects done yesterday… " ~ so true!! So it is important to know how to relax! 🙂

  4. Relaxing at the grocery store? That is a radically great idea!! Love it, Lisa!! (the rest of the tips are wonderful too…that one just really struck me as being brilliant!)

  5. Lisa, great suggestions.  Another one:  I find that if I zone out — whether through a little meditation, some fantasy visualization or even a short power nap — when I'm really stressed about something, when I come back I have a totally fresh outlook.  And somehow it never looks as bad as I thought it was.

  6. I sit at a computer working all day – some days I forget to move at all!!!  These are great suggestions to make sure I incorporate some relaxation into my day!

    1. It’s so easy to do, Michelle. You can get so caught up in what you are doing that moving doesn’t cross your mind. Thanks!

  7. These are marvelous reminders — thank you, Lisa. I've been working on the smile one, myself, lately — especially as I sit at my desk and find my mouth pursed in concentration. The smiling really does help me to relax, which I then follow with "breathe" — deep breathes. It works!

  8. Lisa, great tips on relaxation. They are all very important to help relieve stress and refresh your mind, body, and spirit. Thanks for reminding me to take time for relaxing throughout the day.

  9. It really is amazing what happens to your whole outlook and feel when you take a couple deep breaths. I love this technique and use it often. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Lisa great tips. Stress is a killer and glad you are helping others manage their stress levels.  I can save their life.  Laughter surely is great natural medicine.  Enjoyed post just all the others you write. 

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