Think again. Here are 10 ideas that take less than 30 minutes to do, but can give you a much-needed break from your stress:
1. Take a bath
Nothing beats a nice, warm, relaxing bubble bath. Take a minute to soak in the tub with no distractions, just you and your Epsom salts.
2. Do a puzzle
A puzzle is a great way to slow down and take a moment away from your worries. It is very relaxing to do a monotonous activity such as a puzzle, especially when your life gets chaotic and loud. If you have the space you can leave it up for a few days and just do a little at a time. If you don’t like doing actual puzzles, try a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, solitaire or something similar.
3. Take a walk
Nothing beats a calm walk outside. Whether there’s sunshine or rain, a walk can help you relax, take your mind off your troubles and de-stress. Take a minute to observe the leaves, birds and beauty that nature provides.
Baking, cooking and making food is a great (and not to mention yummy) way to relieve stress. Focusing on an activity where you follow directions and get a result is very satisfying. You don’t have to cook a gourmet meal, just something simple is enough to take your mind off your situation.
5. Listen to music
Music has a very calming effect. It can ease your stress very quickly, depending on the type of music. Whether you want something loud to distract you or something quiet to help you calm down, take a minute to listen, relax and get lost in the music.
Meditation can be a quick yoga session or just lighting some candles and sitting quietly as you take a moment to clear your mind. Stay still, free from electronics and other distractions, and focus your thoughts on nothing. You don’t have to do it for very long, even 10 minutes of focused meditation can really rejuvenate and renew your spirit.
7. Do your favorite hobby
Do you have a hobby that you really love but don’t have a lot of time to do it? Even if you haven’t done it for years, take a minute to enjoy your hobby and relax at the same time.
8. Read a book
Reading a book, whether a physical book or an electronic book, is a wonderful way to relax. Getting lost in someone else’s life and problems can make your own life seem much simpler than you thought. The only problem with reading is it’s hard to stop after just 30 minutes!
Cleaning is a surprising way to relieve stress. There is just something satisfying about scrubbing a tub until it shines or going through your closet and getting rid of things you don’t need. You don’t have to deep clean the whole house, but one small project can really help you relax.