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5 Ways To De-Stress In Less Than 5 Minutes

You’re not being chased by a lion, but your heart rate, clammy hands and feelings of panic make you feel as if you are! Stress and anxiety can cause intense and unsettling physical and psychological responses, however big or small the cause.

Everyone experiences stress, it’s a normal part of everyday life. But when you find yourself super stressed out and you feel exhausted and tense, then you need to find ways to solve the problem. Whether that’s doing a different activity, taking deep breaths or trying a herbal tablet to help reduce your symptoms, it’s important to keep your stress levels in check.

We have some tried and tested ways to help you relax, wherever you are, in just a few minutes. When time is precious and setting aside an hour for a relaxing bath or a gym session isn’t an option, there are natural remedies for anxiety you can try that could help to lower your stress levels which only take a few minutes.

Breathe Calmness

You can do calming breathing exercises whether you’re at home, in the office or on the go. Your breath is always with you and learning to control it can make a huge difference in how you cope with stressful or anxiety-inducing situations.

For a fast way to reduce the feelings of anxiety, try this simple breathing exercise:

  • If you can, close your eyes.
  • Breathe in deeply, noticing your lungs filling with air.
  • Breathe out through your mouth and as you do, say the word “calm” for the length of the breath.
  • Repeat for 5 minutes or however long you feel you need to.

Soothing Scents

Keep a small bottle of calming essential oil like lavender, bergamot or lemongrass in your handbag or pocket to use when you start to recognise the symptoms of heightened anxiety. We’re all different, so it’s well worth experimenting with different oils to find which one suits and soothes you best.

Try dabbing a little of the oil on your wrist to release the soothing aromas throughout the day, or mix it with an unscented hand lotion and massage into your hands.

Walking Therapy

Going for a walk is a great way to take a break from an immediate source of stress. Of course a good, long walk is best to really clear your head, but if you’re busy, even a brisk five minute walk can raise your heart rate and trigger your brain to release serotonin, the mood-boosting chemical which can be a major help in relieving stress.

The important thing is to make sure you take your walk out in the fresh air for maximum effect. If you’re having a tough day at work, rather than grabbing lunch from the sandwich shop on the corner, why not venture a little further afield to pick up supplies and give yourself the chance to reduce your anxiety into the bargain.

Listen to Relaxing Sounds

The sounds that come in through your ears can have a significant effect on your state of mind and listening to your favourite album or a relaxing playlist can work wonders for reducing your stress-levels.

Studies have shown that music has a beneficial effect on the mind and body, helping to calm you and even positively affect your immune system.

Helpful Herbal Tablets

St John’s Wort is a herbal medicine that has been used for centuries to treat mild depression and anxiety. Studies show that it is an effective natural remedy for the treatment of some mood disorders.

St John’s Wort is very popular as a way of just taking the edge off mild anxiety or depression so that you feel better able to carry on with your day – if you Google “What is the best natural remedy for anxiety?” St John’s Wort is usually top of the list. HRI Good Mood™ St John’s Wort provides the strongest daily dose available on the UK market in just two tablets, offering a very quick way to help relieve the symptoms of slightly low mood and mild anxiety, based on traditional use.

Like all our herbal medicines, HRI Good Mood is licensed under the Traditional Herbal Registration (THR) scheme herbal medicine (Licence Number THR 02231/0002) and is safe to take at the recommended dose providing the listed contraindications do not apply to you. Always read the patient information leaflet to check for possible contraindications with any medication you are already taking. NB St John’s Wort is not recommended if you are taking the contraceptive pill or HRT as it can stop them working.

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