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5 minutes to Stress Relief

Updated on July 27, 2011


Ok, so we all get stressed. We have all heard many different suggestions for calming ourselves down, relaxing, and to stop stress. I went to a training camp a few years back, and this is the technique we were taught. I still use it to this day. In fact, I used it last night to help get my mind to stop running and let me sleep!

What you do:

1, Pick an object. Not too complex, but it should have something identifiable about it. (I use a leaf alot.)

2. For one minute, look only at this object. Focus on everything about the object. Color, size, texture, any markings, anything about the object. (I looked at shape, color, and the veins that ran through my leaf.)

3. After the minute, close your eyes, and remember the object you chose. Think about all the things you memorized about it. Focus all your brain power on remembering all you can about that object.

If someone is guiding you in this, they will tell you when to open your eyes. If you are alone, set an alarm on your watch or cell phone. All you need is 4 or 5 minutes of closed eyes and focusing. You'd be suprised how long it feels like when you open your eyes. It does a world of good, honestly.

Hope this helps at least one of you to relax, even for just a moment!


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      Haydee Anderson 6 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      this is so simple, thanks for sharing this one, i've got to try this the next time i feel stressed.

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      Megan's Thoughts 6 years ago from Georgia

      Deep breathing is always a good thing to do! Helps me too!

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      Ownup2yr0actions 6 years ago

      very useful, thank you;

      also read an article with tips for more positive happy moods, best was looking up for about 20 seconds and deep breathing

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      Vinodkpillai 6 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Thank you for sharing what looks like a brilliantly simple method of relaxation. I will definitely try it and benefit from it. Voted Up and useful.