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How do you keep up with the hectic pace of life? Children, marriage, work, activities, cooking, events… so many things pulling at your attention and focus. I’ve decided to put together a list of activities that take less than five minutes but deliver a long-lasting calm.

1- Breathe. Take a few minutes and breathe deeply in and out through the nose.

2- Go for a brisk walk. Five minutes of fresh air and some vitamin D can really help settle the nerves.

3- Close your eyes and imagine the most beautiful place on Earth. Be there for five minutes… wade into the water, walk along the beach, bask in the sunshine that your mind creates.

4- Read. Whether it’s a book or a magazine, the mental escape can do some good.

5- Blow some bubbles. Really, truly, this can be such a relaxing activity.

6- Meditate or pray. A few moments in deep thought can help calm the nerves.
7- Speaking of meditation, check out Do As One. This is an online, universal, meditation site. It’s actually quite neat. You choose a “room” to meditate in. Then you select the colour which you want to look at while you meditate. Afterwards, you set the volume level and a timer (5 – 30 minutes). I also like that you can select an intention to meditate on (such as peace, health, joy, etc.). It’s worth trying and it only takes 5 minutes!

8- Laugh. Think of the funniest thing ever and laugh out loud. Can’t laugh on cue? Keep some funnies on hand for such an occasion.

9- Give yourself a massage. Massage your hands, feet or temples and scalp.

10- Have a cup of herbal tea. I find the best herbal tea to calm the nerves and mind is chamomile tea.

11- Do some calming yoga poses. One of my favourites is viparita karani (legs up the wall pose). The pose is pictured here. I remember unintentionally doing this pose when I was a child. I still find it to be calming. You can also do child’s pose, which is pictured here.

12- Do some toe exercises. Take off your socks and look at your toes. Ball your toes up as tight as you can. Now release them. Do this a few times then try to spread your toes far apart; release and repeat a few more times. Breathe deeply while performing this exercise.

13- Stop and smell the flowers (or at least look at some plants). Research shows that flowers and plants have a positive effect on mood and well being.

14- Listen to some calming music. There are many meditation and relaxation CDs available. Find the ones which work for you.

Hopefully these five-minute quick fixes help you find your inner calm. Is there anything that takes less than five minutes and calms you? If so, please share! 



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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of The Deliberate Mom, Deliberate Homeschooling and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about parenting, her faith, and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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