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Feeling Stressed? Take 5 Mindful Minutes

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Wellness Spotlight: Mindfulness

You have a huge deadline at work. You might be a new mom. You have a ton of tasks piling up at home. To get these things done, you miss lunch, you skip the gym, and you skimp on sleep—it all adds up!

With the hustle and bustle of modern, everyday life, it’s easy to lose track of taking care of yourself. When we are stressed, those little things that are integral to our wellness and balance are often the first things to go, and the last things we can afford to lose.

Fear not, we’ve been there, and we feel you! We’re here to help.

Self-care and mindfulness is not just a nice-to-have, it is a NEED-to-have – we may not see the consequences of deprioritizing these things now, but by the time we do, it can be too late. Not to mention, when you feel good, you look good 😉

Do you have 5 minutes to yourself on the subway to work? A few minutes while you are waiting in the doctor’s office? Some time while you’re stuck in standstill in the checkout line? Does your job require you to be seated at a desk for most of the day? We get that you’re busy, so we have come up with a few tips and tricks so you can squeeze some time into your hectic schedule for some self-lovin’ :

Mini Meditation. Take a few minutes to gather your thoughts for the day. Breathe in deeply and slowly, and release your breath slowly while letting go of any negative or pessimistic thoughts. Breathe in again and as you release, think positive and optimistic thoughts. Repeat in 8 seconds increments 3-5 times consecutively. Have a big meeting? You’re obviously going to slay it.

Body Scan Practice. Practice mindfulness as you relax your body from the top of your head, to your ears, to your arms, and finally to each of your toes. Do this in the morning when you wake up or right before bed. It may feel weird at first, but it is life changing and takes only 90 seconds!

Stretch. Before you hop in the shower, stretch your arms and legs. Wiggle them about. It may feel like you are back in middle school drama class, but it is a great way to release all the tension from your limbs. That hot shower afterwards will be orgasmic.

Listen to Music. You’re never too busy to listen to your favorite song. Blast Beyoncé, Nirvana, or Bruce Springsteen as you brush your teeth until you head out to the office. Start your day off with some rhythm!

Recite a Mantra. Find a mantra, and whenever you are feeling too stressed or need some uplifting, recite it to yourself. Some of our favorites are:

  • If you do what you always did, you get what you always got
  • The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who’s going to stop me
  • No one can make you feel inferior without your consent

Remember: Routine self-care prevents overload burnout, helps you refocus and center yourself; as a result, you will see your goals more clearly, and achieve your goals more swiftly. Try your hardest to carve some time out for yourself. A few minutes here and there will get you through the rough patches until you can take that well-deserved time have dinner with your best friend, indulge in a spa day, or have a glass of wine while you watch your favorite show. You deserve it because you are fabulous and you are a queen.

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5 comments

  • Aditi Prakash on

    Yes yes yes! Self-care is so important and I’m always forgetting that. Reading this reminded me of taking that minute to set-up something for myself so that I can be both productive AND happy

  • Megha Iyer on

    retweet to no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. what a great article!

  • Nadia Lin on

    really awesome info!

  • Shannon O'Toole on

    mindfulness is so important and has helped me a lot with my daily routine, since i work in the retail industry and it can get pretty stressful. thanks for the article, very helpful

  • Priya on

    Meditation has changed my life! Couldn’t agree with this post more. PS: Highly recommend Headspace.

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