You’ve probably heard all of this (or at least some of this) before, but I think we can all use a reminder every now and then, and that includes myself.

Can you find an extra 5 minutes after your long day at work or school? I know everyone’s lives are busy, but the busier you are, the more important it is to find just 5 minutes to relax. If “deep breathing” doesn’t work for you, try one of these 3 super simple, super different ways to relax.

·      Get that energy out of you: Do something active. Take a walk around your block. Do 20 jumping jacks. Find something both simple and enjoyable that works for you.

·      Calm that energy down: Do some stretching. You don’t have to be a yoga person to do stretches. Interlace your fingers and raise your arms above your head. Stand up straight and then slowly try to reach your hands to your toes. Roll your head from side to side, trying to touch your ear to your shoulder. Just find some stretches that work for you.

·      Reboot your energy: Let your mind take a break and do something totally different. Take a shower. Lay down for 5 minutes with your cat or dog. Read a magazine. Drink a cup of tea on your patio.

Each person is different in terms of what feels relaxing and calming, so try different things out. As you know, the more you practice relaxing strategies, the more relaxed you’ll feel. So, if you get in a good routine of spending 5 minutes a day relaxing, try to make it 10. Better yet, try to add an additional 5 minutes in the morning, as well as an additional 5 minutes in the middle of the day.