Reduce Stress in 10 Minutes!

Here are some quick and easy ways to help you reduce the stress in your life. You can use these at your office, at home, or anywhere else you need to. It is really worth it. All of these stress reduce tips can easily be done in 10 minutes.

Listen to soft music or nature sounds. Take a short break and turn on some soothing music. There are many relaxation CDs available with soft music mixed with sounds from nature, such as the ocean waves or the mountain stream. Relax your mind as you listen to the soft sounds of nature. Feel your muscles loosen up.

Write yourself a note. If you are particularly stressed or upset about something, write it down. This is not going to be seen by anyone but you. Write (or type on your computer if you prefer) all about the situation that occurred and why you are upset or angry. Now list several things you could have done differently. Finally, list several alternatives for what you can do now. Many times just the act of writing things down helps you to diffuse the situation in your mind and reduces the stress caused by it. When you are done, throw out the note or erase it.

Write down a list of all the things you are thankful for. Counting our blessings is one way to put all our troubles into perspective. Just thinking about all that we have and love in our lives can make us feel a renewed joy at being here.

List all the states. Time yourself for 10 minutes. Now, without looking them up, or asking anyone else, try to write down all 50 states. It's harder than you think! This activity takes focus away from your immediate stresses. Can not get them all? Try again tomorrow.

Count stars. Take a walk outside at dark and see how many stars you can count. Look up and try to find various constellations in the sky. Many can be seen with the naked eye. Stargazing has long been a relaxing night activity.

Take a 10 minute vacation. Visualize a mountain with a forest and a babbling brook. There is a path and you are walking on it. You can smell the pinecones. The fresh air is amazing. You stop along the way to look at nature. There are beautiful trees and you see birds. You pick up a stick and use it as a walking stick. Walk until your 10 minutes are up. You will feel as though you were actually there. You will feel reenergized.